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Journalists and public information officers converged at a panel Monday afternoon at EIJ13 to discuss relationships between the two professions.
Carolyn Carlson of Kennesaw State University in Georgia presented her study, which surveyed the perception of journalists by public information officers, and vice-versa.
Some highlights of the survey:
– More than 50 percent of public information officers surveyed felt “controlling media coverage of the agency is a very important part of protecting the agency’s reputation.”
– More than 50 percent of public information officers surveyed felt “justified in refusing to allow reporters to conduct an interview if they felt it could compromise agency security or reveal damaging information.”
– About 65 percent of public information officers surveyed felt they needed to sit in on interviews with their client.
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