From the SCA announcement List - Media Contact and Guidlines
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Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2007 08:03:12 -0500
From: "Leslie Luther-Fulton" <janefalada@...>
Subject: [Announcements] Increased Media Attention and Guidelines
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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