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The SAGE Key Concepts series provide students with accessible and authoritative knowledge of the essential topics in a variety of disciplines. Cross-referenced throughout, the format encourages critical evaluation through understanding. Written by experienced and respected academics, the books are indispensable study aids and guides to comprehension. Key Concepts in Journalism offers a systematic and accessible introduction to the terms, processes, and effects of journalism;a combination of practical considerations with theoretical issues; and further reading suggestions. The authors bring an enormous range of experience in newspaper and broadcast journalism, at national and regional level, as well as their teaching expertise. This book will be essential reading for students in journalism, and an invaluable reference tool for their professional careers.

Off the Record
Off the record

The phrase has several related but distinct meanings. People who choose to be confidential sources for journalists should firmly and quickly establish what meaning applies, when offering information.

The source may in insisting that his/her contact with the journalist remains a secret:

  • be content for the information provided to be published, provided there is no attribution to identify the source (i.e. the information can be used but is non-attributable); or
  • be content for the information provided to be published, provided there is no attribution to identify him/her as the source, and provided the journalist is able to get someone else to confirm the information and to be the attributable source (i.e. the original source is providing a tip-off); or
  • not want the ...
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