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I would like to interview an Australian teenage girl who wants to leave The Family/Children of God cult.

from feisty01 - Monday, March 07, 2005
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Hello all,

I'm writing an article for a well known teenage magazine about cults. I would like to interview an Australian teenager who has left the cult or is thinking about leaving.

I would need to interview this person on the 8th or 9th of March. Please email me through my profile if you are interested in being interviewed.

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from feisty01
Monday, March 07, 2005 - 22:12


I'm very keen to interview Australian teenagers who have left The Family/Children of God. It won't be a sensationalist article by any means and I can promise the interviewee anonymity. It's suprising the limited amount of information available in Australia. This is a story that needs to be told and you can help teenagers who were in a similar position to you.

Please call me on 0414 961 999 if you are interested in participating. I would also be interested in talking to family members whose female siblings or daughters are involved in The Family/Children of God.
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From feisty01
Wednesday, March 09, 2005, 21:08

Thank you to all who called me regarding my article. I have all the interviewees that I require for my feature article.(reply to this comment
from Joe H
Monday, March 07, 2005 - 19:45

Just a heads-up: someone I know had a really lousy experience being interviewed by Seventeen Magazine UK. They misquoted her, focused on sensationalist stuff, and gave the article a really cheesy title. It's obviously a good idea to be suspicious and do your homework about any publication or show that wants to interview you, but that goes double for a less intelligent teenage magazines.
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From feisty01
Monday, March 07, 2005, 21:31


Joe H,

Thank you for your comment and I understand your concerns. What this article is designed to do is explain the methods that cults use to prey on teenagers, when teenagers are most vulnerable, what to do if you think one of your friends is involved in a cult and list organisations where people can seek help. With this article, we would also like a first hand account from a teenage girl who has been involved in a cult so readers of our magazine can understand the ramifications of being in a cult and how harmless a cult can be. It would be easy to take the sensationlist approach but this article is designed to be preventative and for teenagers to understand what a cult is firstly and how to avoid cult activity.

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From cool8pack
Tuesday, March 08, 2005, 00:13

I would suggest a legally binding agreement between any person interviewed and the magazine, not the interviewer. Proving guidelines and parameters, if exceeded, they can be presented at a court as libel.(reply to this comment
From moon beam
Tuesday, March 08, 2005, 06:20

It used to be that you were not allowed to proof read the finished edit, and many times misquoting, over-exageration or over-simplifying made peices inacurate in parts or twisted to the perspective of the interviewer. But over the last few years, reading via email or being read back the copy via the phone has been standard, so make sure you ask for this in advance. Always sign an agreement/contract esp. when money is concerned. Braodsheet newspapers don't pay, tabloids and magazines do. (reply to this comment
From feisty01
Monday, March 07, 2005, 21:36

My apologies - that was supposed to be how harmful a cult can be not harmless.(reply to this comment

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