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    P.O. Box 4194
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    Journalism/Blogger Ground Rules 

    It’s essential to establish ground rules upfront.

    Please immediately establish if you are speaking with A Miner Detail [on the record], [off the record], or [on background].

    Please read the Associated Press’ rules about chatting with news-gathering professionals.

    On the record 

    The information you share with A Miner Detail may be used with no caveats.

    We’ll quote you verbatim and by name.

    Off the record 

    The information you share with us cannot be used for publication.

    We’ll take information to our graves and never share it with anyone unless you tell us we can.

    A Miner Detail does not retroactively go off the record when speaking with sources. That means you should establish the ground rules up-front; don’t tell us something and then suddenly tell us that whatever you just said cannot be printed.


    The information you share can be published 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.

    News-gathering professionals are not obliged to comply with your change-of-heart decision to shift to speaking to us off the record.

    A Miner Detail prefers that you speak or mail 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 news-gathering professionals, said professionals should presume the conversation is [ON THE RECORD] and [REPORTABLE].

    A Miner Detail Protects its Sources 

    We will never reveal your identity if you share information with A Miner Detail and request anonymity.

    Our news-gathering professionals would rather sit in a jail cell than be compelled by the government – or anybody else – to reveal a source.

    HBO’s The Newsroom sums up our position:

    Please Don’t Audio Record Our Conversations

    In Maryland, all parties to phone calls (and in-person conversations) must expressively consent to an audio recording.

    If you intend to record a conversation with A Miner Detail’s news-gathering professionals, we respectfully request you inform said professionals up-front and immediately that you want to record 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.