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Backdrop Awareness for Media Interview


If you find yourself facing a news crew at a scene, be sure to look behind you and consider your backdrop before starting an interview. Are there crowds of rambunctious people likely to make gestures behind your back when the cameras roll? Are there officers corralling an unruly subject? Is there a scene that you would like to draw attention away from, like a crash involving a patrol unit that hit a car during a pursuit?

If so, take control of your setting and move in front of a more innocuous setting, preferably something you know won't change, like a wall. An interview can be negatively impacted by what viewers are seeing behind you.

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