Interview Basics: Speaking Off the Record vs. On the Record vs. On Background

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If you’ve ever conducted an interview, chances are you’re familiar with the term “off the record”—that is, words spoken by an interview subject that they don’t intend to be published. But often in the course of an interview, there’s a gray area in which subjects share information between answers that would be useful in your publication. In this microlearning video, Robert Johnson details the ethics of off-the-record, on-the-record, and on-background quotations, including the definitions used by journalists, the rules for each, and strategies to recognize the difference between the categories.

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Interview Basics: Speaking Off the Record vs. On the Record vs. On Background
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Open to view video. In this microlearning video, Robert Johnson details the ethics of off-the-record, on-the-record, and on-background quotations, including the definitions used by journalists, the rules for each, and strategies to recognize the difference between the categories.