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Explainer: What Does ‘Off the Record’ Mean?

By Nicole Schuman for PRNEWS

What does it mean to agree to ‘off the record’?

“Off the record” is a phrase that can be used by a journalist or communicator during an interview or conversation. Some communicators or sources may wish to remain anonymous, but provide useful information to a member of the media. Some media may want to get to know a source or communicator better—without the source worrying about becoming the focal point of a story. Those conversations can also be off the record.

If no one deems a conversation off the record, or sets rules in advance, most journalists will accept information gathered as “on the record.”

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