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    Cyburbian Richmond Jake's avatar
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    I just wanted to share that I recently talked to a reporter who asked me a question and said my candid response would be "off the record, just so (he) can understand the scenario''. ......
    Just some words of caution: what you say is never really off the record. I learned that from a mentor years ago and I've never forgotten that lesson.
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    When I was an intern, I actually talked to the press a couple times. We had no set official policy, at least not that I was aware of. Typically, in practice, whoever was the lead on a project would talk to the media about that project.

    One of the times, I had a very positive experience with the press where I talked up an event we had put together (where I was the lead person) and got a really great article out of it...front page of the community section with a big positive quote. The local reporter assigned to us had a pretty good working relationship with us and so that helped. This was also a regional paper that covered the whole county, so it was good exposure.

    However, I got burned one time by a reporter for the local weekly paper that covered just the town. He asked me some questions about a park which I had assumed was in relation to the long-range parks plan I was putting together. As it turns out, short-range plans for that park were already drawing controversy (which I had not known much about) and he interpreted my information about the long-range plan as being more short-term stuff to add to the controversy. This was one of those situations where I should have forwarded it to the department head, as he was leading the short-term stuff for that park, but unfortuately I didn't know of those plans. I think the reporter definitely tricked me, because the other questions of his were clearly about the broad long-range plan, and not about the imminent plans for this specific park. After that, I tried to avoid him as much as possible and direct any inquiries to my supervisor.
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    Quote Originally posted by RichmondJake View post
    Just some words of caution: what you say is never really off the record. I learned that from a mentor years ago and I've never forgotten that lesson.
    I was taught that as well. The good reverend at the church has not learned this lesson despite being burned a few times.
    "He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?" Jeremiah 22:16

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