Off-the-record

There are times when a journalist utilizes a source who wishes to maintain their confidentiality rights. The journalist can ensure this happens by conducting the interview off the record. Off the record means that the information told to the journalist can be used in the article as long as it is not credited to the source. Some writers view off the record as meaning neither the source nor the information can be revealed at all. In situations where the information may help the population as a whole, the reporter does have the right to reveal it. It is believed that most sources only go off the record when they trust the journalist interviewing. Usually it is believed that every interview, unless otherwise specified, is on the record.

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