must use original content, language and phrasing
audio content always must be accurate.
Transparency is critical to our credibility with the public and our subscribers
off-the-record ground rules, we must adhere to a strict set of guidelines
material is information and not opinion or speculation, and is vital to the report.
not available except under the conditions of anonymity imposed by the source.
reliable, and in a position to have direct knowledge of
must get approval from their news manager before sending the story to the desk.
manager is responsible for vetting the material and making sure it meets AP guidelines
manager must know the identity of the source
keep the source's identity confidential.
If the source wants to set conditions, these should be negotiated at the start of the interview.
the reporter should try once again to move onto the record some or all of the information that was given on a background basis.
seeks and requires more than one source when sourcing is anonymous.
Stories should be held while attempts are made to reach additional sources for confirmation or elaboration.
when material comes from an authoritative figure who provides information so detailed that there is no question of its accuracy.
explain in the story why the source requested anonymity.
describe the source's motive for disclosing the information.
reporter must describe how the documents were obtained, at least to the extent possible
story also must provide attribution that establishes the source's credibility; simply quoting "a source" is not allowed.
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