So, a reporter from Channel 12 saw my recent story about a rash of bike thefts in Carroll Gardens. She contacted me, wanting to do a story, and asked if I could put her in contact with someone who had had their bike stolen recently. I suggested the owners of The Bike Shop as a likely authority, but they apparently didn't want to comment. I reached out and did find someone, but it turned out he was from Park Slope, not Carroll Gardens. They needed someone from Carroll Gardens. I didn't have time to find anyone else—I'm a busy guy, and have my own work to do.
So—ta da!—the story turned into: "Park Slope bike-part thefts on the rise." And that's how the news works.