Contact with the media
Be clear about your main message
Use straightforward and simple language
If a journalist wants your expert opinion, it is of course perfectly acceptable to ask in what context your remarks will be used.
If you need to reflect on what to say, it is fine to ask for the opportunity to get back to the journalist shortly. You can also give them the name of a colleague who is better informed than yourself
Discuss who should make a statement with your department or research team if the media calls. This does not need to be the professor since he or she might be hard to get hold of.
You can request to read through your remarks or have them read to you before they go to print. Agree on this in advance, and remember that journalists are working to a tight schedule.
When you have been interviewed,feel free to offer the journalist complementary, written information which you hand over directly or send via email/fax. This could be facts or a brief and simple description of the subject discussed. This increases the chances of the article or the piece being accurate.
Pursuant to the Fundamental Law on Freedom of Expression, anyone has the right to express themselves to the media. In addition, those who wish to do so can remain anonymous.
Pursuant to the principle of public access to official documents, all documents which cannot be classified as working documents or confidential, are to be accessible to the mass media.
If something is misrepresented, consider how serious it is before you request a correction. Contact the editorial secretary to discuss the form of the correction.