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  • David Roland
    Apr 14 7:07 PM
      Message: 1
      Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2007 08:03:12 -0500
      From: "Leslie Luther-Fulton" <janefalada@...>
      Subject: [Announcements] Increased Media Attention and Guidelines
      To: announcements@...
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      Increased Media Attention and Guidelines

      In the past few years, the Society has been garnering increased
      media attention, some due to the efforts of the Society and Kingdom
      Press Officers, some through situations beyond our control. While
      that can be a positive thing, raising awareness of the Society's
      activities in the outside world, expanding our potential for
      educational outreach and enhancing the image of the Society as a
      whole, there is also a downside which will require extra vigilance
      from local groups. There are media sources which are more
      interested in sensationalist coverage than in portraying the
      organization in an accurate manner.

      First, a caution to parents: there have been incidents where an
      individual has approached minors claiming to be a reporter wanting
      information on the organization, but refusing to speak with
      parents. When we contacted the media outlet whom the individual
      claimed to be representing, the media outlet had no reporters who
      had contacted us. They also assured us that they would not have
      approached minors without first talking to, and obtaining permission
      from, the parents. Please be on your guard for this ruse,
      especially in public settings.

      Next, there has been an increased amount of attention from
      national/high end media, including magazines, professional and
      student filmmakers & documentarians, and reality TV shows. If any
      of these media outlets contact you, the contact should never be
      handled at the local level. Refer the contact immediately to your
      Kingdom Media Rep; it will most likely be handled at a Society
      level. Permission to film at any SCA function for anything other
      than personal viewing can only be obtained from the Corporate
      level. Permission requests go to the Society Seneschal, via the
      Society Press Office.

      Additionally, permission to use the names, logos and insignia of the
      Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. for any media venture must be
      obtained through the President of the SCA, via the Society
      Seneschal/Society Press Office. This includes the names and
      heraldry of Kingdoms, Baronies and local branches, as well as the
      Society as a whole.

      Finally, a note about Internet video. Please let common sense
      prevail. Do not post any copyrighted material (video or audio) for
      which you do not hold the copyright without obtaining written
      permission from the copyright holder.

      Thanks to everyone for their increased attention to these matters.
      If you have any questions, please contact the Society Press Office
      at media@....