Because Spinnaker Media staff work in the fields of journalism, business and entertainment, they have a varied and sometimes unique set of rules and policies they follow. This leads to a number of common questions from fellow students, staff, faculty and the general public as they interact with Spinnaker Media. If you don't see your question addressed below, call Director John Timpe at (904) 620-1598.
The student editors and reporters of Spinnaker News decide which stories they want to cover, and that often starts with tips or press releases from the public. Please send an e-mail with complete information, including the time, date and place of any events, along with contact information for follow-up questions, to the area that best fits your story:
Campus events, music, movies, food, etc.:
If you've emailed one of the addresses above and need a response sooner than you receive one, please email John Timpe at email@example.com.
Conducting interviews only in person whenever possible (and by telephone whenever necessary) is the practice followed by everyone from the New York Times to the Harvard Crimson student newspaper. This policy avoids the chance that someone can "spoof" the Spinnaker in an electronic interview, as has happened to a number of news publications recently when they relied on Twitter or email for interviews. In fact, the latter happened to the Spinnaker in 2008. In-person interviews also help ensure spontaneity and authenticity (some sources choose to use pre-emailed questions to get canned answers from someone else ahead of time). Sources who receive pre-emailed questions often assume that's the only set of questions allowed to be asked during an interview, and so they are more reluctant to answer natural follow-up questions.
Reporters can, however, supply sources ahead of time with the topic that will be discussed and any documents they'd like the source to be familiar with.
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