HOW TO REACH US
Ryan Miner: Ryan@AMinerDetail.com
Eric Beasley: Eric@AMinerDetail.com
*Ryan and Eric do not accept blocked phone numbers.*
HOW TO TALK TO A REPORTER
You have a fantastic scoop you absolutely must share with A Miner Detail. Great! We cannot wait to hear from you!
But first, it’s critically important to establish some ground rules before we begin our conversation immediately.
Please immediately establish with the reporter whether your comments are [on the record] or [off the record], or you may choose to speak to a reporter[on background]. Additionally, you may ask the reporter to publish your comments but without attribution to you.
The Associated Press’ rules for speaking to a reporter are listed below.
[On the record]: The information you share with us may or will be used with no caveats. We’ll quote you verbatim and by name.
[Off the record]: The information cannot be used for publication. Any information you share with us is taken to our graves, and none of it will be reported – unless otherwise directed.
*Don’t do this: After agreeing to go on the record with a reporter, please do not say that parts of the conversation were and now are off the record. A Miner Detail does not retroactively go off the record after a source agrees to speak on the record. This is a sure-fire way to irk a reporter.
[On background]: The information you share can be published, but only under conditions negotiated up-front. You may request your name be withheld from a story, but you must agree to a description of your professional credentials. Hence, the reader knows the information reported is credible and links to a credible source. Reporters are not obliged to comply with your change-of-heart-decision to shift to speaking to us off the record.
We strongly prefer you speak/email with us on the record – but exceptions can be made, if necessary, to maintain your anonymity.
[Deep background]: The information you share can be used – but without attribution. This means you don’t want to be identified in any way, even on the condition of anonymity.
BOTTOM LINE: If you fail upfront to negotiate your speaking arrangement before sharing information with a reporter, the reporter should presume the conversation is [ON THE RECORD] and [REPORTABLE].
WE PROTECT OUR SOURCES
A Miner Detail protects its sources’ privacy.
If you share information with A Miner Detail and request anonymity, we vow never to reveal your identity. No hyperbole: A Miner Detail’s reporters would rather sit in a jail cell than be compelled by the government – or anybody else – to reveal a source.
For context, watch the following clip:
BEFORE YOU DECIDE TO PRESS THE ‘RECORD’ BUTTON
In the state of Maryland, all parties to phone calls (and in-person conversations) must expressively consent to an audio recording of any kind.
If you intend to record a conversation with A Miner Detail, we respectfully request you inform us immediately that you intend to record or have already begun recording the conversation.
Should you decide to record the conversation without all-party consent, you may face civil and/or criminal penalties.
To learn more about audio recording phone conversations, please review this website.