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What If The Media Misrepresents Me?

If the media misrepresents you, you usually have a few avenues of recourse.

If the Press is going to print a Reader’s Letter about you, they will often send it to you first, and invite you to submit a reply, which they’ll print alongside the letter. You don’t need to use this, but if you think it would be a helpful way of balancing out what the letter writer says, it is worth doing so.

If an article misrepresents you, or an interview is cropped in such a way that your position is taken out of context, you should ask for a correction. If you are feeling bold, you can go further, and ask for a column or an interview in which you can put your side of the argument across properly, though the media aren’t obliged to agree to that.

I’d approach this area with a bit of caution – we’re all human, and the interviewer who has just been told that they misrepresented your viewpoint is likely to be a bit grumpy when they interview you again, so you might want to be confident that the harm done by the original misrepresentation is serious enough to be worth the headache of getting it corrected. The media will be reporting on you throughout your time in the States, and will often be the only bridge between you and the public, so it is worth assuming good intentions in the first instance, and maintaining a mutually respectful working relationship as far as you can manage.

Guernsey’s iconic women of the future?

Thank you for nominating a young woman or girl for our future iconic Guernsey women campaign to celebrate International Women’s Day!

Nominations close on Sunday 6 March at 17.00.

Please fill in the details below.


Miriam Makeba - South Africa

Nominated by: Christine James

Zenzile Miriam Makeba (1932 to 2008), nicknamed Mama Africa, was a South African singer, songwriter, actress, United Nations goodwill ambassador, and civil rights activist. Associated with musical genres including Afropop, jazz, and world music, she was an advocate against apartheid and white-minority government in South Africa. In 2020 she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 women of the century. 

South Africa is ranked 12th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 45.8% (source: 

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The original image “The Hague Jazz 2008 – Miriam Makeba” by Haags Uitburo is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. 


Jacinda Ardern - New Zealand

Nominated by: Martin Lock

Jacinda Ardern (born 1980) has served as prime minister of New Zealand and leader of the Labour Party since 2017. In 2019, she led the country through the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shootings, rapidly introducing strict gun laws in response, and throughout 2020 she directed the country’s widely praised response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ardern was the world’s second elected head of government to give birth in office when her daughter was born in 2018. ‘An inspiring Prime Minister who brought a nation together with true leadership, empathy and compassion.’

New Zealand is ranked 4th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 48.3% (source: 

Other iconic women: Dame Whina Cooper, nominated by Claire Fisher, and Kate Sheppard, nominated by Anna Cooper.

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