Check out this ValleyWag story about a frustrated journalism student assigned to write a story about iPads. She emails Steve Jobs to complain about Apple’s PR department. To her surprise she gets an email back from him. Jobs is known for doing this every now and again, which, I have to say, I like about him. Although, in this case, after exchanging emails with the Long Island University student, his reply, according to the ValleyWag story, is: “Please leave us alone.” The moral of the story for journalism students: it’s always worth reaching out for that long-shot interview – you never know, you just might get it. In this case, the student gave in to petulance. Persistence is important in journalism, and it always works best when accompanied by politeness.