Box 9.17

Avoid being misquoted

By Dr. Daniel T. Halperin, Lecturer on Global Health, Harvard University School of Public Health

Many scientists are reluctant to talk to reporters for fear that they will be misquoted. This is a valid concern. Sooner or later, it will happen to everyone. However, this is not a reason to avoid talking to the media. There are several things you can to do reduce the chance of being misquoted:

Although these tips may not guarantee that you are never misquoted, they will go a long way in preventing misrepresentations.