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Resource ID: #1299
Subject: 442
Source: Brian Collister, Wendy Halloran, Katie Townsend - 2703Brian Collister, Wendy Halloran, Katie Townsend
Affiliation: KXAN-TV, independent journalist, RCFPKXAN-TV, independent journalist, RCFP
Date: 1905-07-09



If you've found yourself struggling to get cooperation from a public information officer, you’re not alone. The PIO is often the gatekeeper to interviews and information, tasked with gathering, verifying, coordinating and disseminating public information. But often they become the biggest roadblock we encounter as investigative reporters. So, how can you successfully deal with a PIO who acts like their job is to protect and deflect? Some will refuse to talk, demand you only interview them instead of decision-makers or drag their feet in hopes you’ll go away. Well, we’ve got strategies to help you battle back against those who become a “Public Interference Officer”. This panel will offer useful tips and tricks you can use to make sure you can plow past any PIO.

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