Last week while interviewing Gail Ludwig for the Boomtown profiles, there were multiple times when she would say “off record.”
Nothing that she said during those times was something that I wanted to use, but it made me question the ability of an interviewee to go off the record, especially in the middle of an interview like that.
I find myself wondering if it had been a bigger story and if something she had said during those times was something that I really wanted to put in a story, what would I do?
In that situation, I think it would be critical for me to make my case. To tell my interviewee what I believe the importance is of writing about what they want as “off the record.”
If after that, they still didn’t want those pieces to be written about, I think it would be a situation where after talking to an editor about it, I would write two drafts of the story. One with the information and one without and then make my case again to the interviewee, showing them both forms of the story.
I don’t know if that would be an effective way to do such a thing, but I would hope that it would work and help my story.