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September 16, 2005

Is That Off the Record?

In going to interview residence life staff members for a newswriting article, I found--more than ever--the degree of action involved in maintaining residence halls and residents. I also experienced "off the record" to the extreme. Phone calls were going off left and right, the directors had to communicate several things that I had to stop writing for a while and just listen. This made it difficult to discern what was on the record and what was off.

I was interviewing about residence halls, but some of the comments did not pertain to the angle of my article. This experience made me stop and appreciate the work that goes into giving a good on-campus living experience. So if you see Dr. Robin anywhere, thank her for her work. I think the res. life staff and she deserve more credit than they are often given. And that's off the record!

Posted by EvanReynolds at September 16, 2005 11:35 AM

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I’m not sure if there is a hard and fast rule for on and off the record. I suppose if it’s incriminating or gives the source a bad image, it should be left off the record. See the wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Offtherecord

Posted by: Evan at September 27, 2005 9:14 PM

Evan,

I’ve often wondered what the exact boundries of off-the-record and on-the-record are, both as an interviewer and interviewee. If you know any specific rules, that would be very helpful. Thanks =)

Posted by: Johanna at September 26, 2005 10:06 PM

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