I began developing relationships with the media and specific journalists while at University – at the time, we were experiencing serious political problems within the Belgian linguistic communities. It became clear to me then that the media are constantly seeking reliable sources of information that are both credible and clear.
There is always risk associated with media interaction. For example, I have experienced several occasions where I was surprised by the headlines of my interviews – the color or spin of the content was expressed quite differently from what I had communicated. However, for the most part, I have been portrayed fairly in the media and value my relationships.
Currently, I am contacted weekly by a variety of media outlets to speak on various topics – some obscure and others considered to be “hot” topics.