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Entry no.: 1077

29 Apr 2010, 8:56 AM

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Language Off the record

The problem with the phrase "off the record" is that many people, reporters and the general public alike, misunderstand its precise meaning. These days many interviewees think "off the record" is largely synonymous with "on background" or "not for attribution."

—NYU Journalism Handbook for Students.

On the record, on background, not for attribution and off the record defined.

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