Media Opportunities via IDMU
Do you want to be interviewed on the
a year, IDMU receives requests from TV/Radio researchers
and Journalists seeking to interview UK drug users on
or off the record.
We are however
bound by our duties of confidentiality not to disclose
names or details from individual cases we deal with
in the courts, and our surveys are, by their very nature,
anonymous. Therefore, we have previously been obliged
to decline such requests. Now we seek to be able to
offer to put users and the media in contact with one
If you are
a drug user, or a family member of a user, and would
like to be interviewed on Radio, Television, or by journalists
about how drug use, or the drug laws, have affected
you or your family, please e-mail us firstname.lastname@example.org
with your email address. We will contact you via email
only, passing on any information that the Media send
request 30-5-08 - no requests at the moment
IDMU accepts no responsibility for any consequences
which may arise out of disclosures made to journalists
or broadcast media.
is unusual for individual users to be 'busted'
after appearing on television, bear in mind that admissions
of drug dealing may be more likely to attract
police attention. Different UK police forces, and police
officers, adopt different attitudes and policies towards
users of different drugs.
TV interviewees should also consider of the possible
consequences or reactions should employers, relatives,
neighbours or other persons recognise them on screen.
on Fees: Individual interviewees are responsible
for negotiating their own fees or expenses for broadcast
appearances with the producers, researchers or journalists
involved. Whether such fees are payable will depend
on the circumstances in each case, and whether fees
are agreed in advance. As a rough guide, fees of £25
or £50 upwards and/or reasonable expenses would normally
be paid for broadcast interviews taking place at a studio,
depending on the programme budget and audience coverage.
Fees for telephone interviews are negotiable in advance,
and are not always payable. If a TV company wishes to
film you at home, you can usually charge them a 'facility
fee' for any disruption caused.