journalist interview

Today, the phrase “off the record” has become ubiquitous and, as a result, its true meaning has become slightly muddled. In journalism, the practice has specific purposes (that go beyond just not quoting someone) and follows a set of conventions that all parties must agree to. While it’s not common for a faculty member or college administrator to require a true off-the-record conversation with a journalist, it is helpful for anyone who engages with the media to understand what it is, how it works and when to use it. I wrote about all of this recently for Inside Higher Ed’s Call to Action blog.

If you have thoughts on this topic to add, resources to share, or experiences others can learn from, please don’t hesitate to share more in the comments or reach out on LinkedIn or Twitter. I’d love to hear from you.