Online, print and broadcast media is a valuable way to raise awareness of a missing person and to keep the search for them active. It is a fast and effective way to reach a large audience.
Whether you choose to use the media is a personal decision. The experience of having to deal with journalists, answer personal questions about your missing person, and appear in the media spotlight is not something that everyone feels comfortable with.
If you do decide to use the media to help find your missing person, read our tips below.
Different journalists have different interviewing and reporting techniques and styles. Whilst most journalists will be sympathetic, some may behave in ways which seem insensitive to what you are going through. It is likely that you’ll be asked probing and personal questions.
You should think carefully about whether you want your circumstances, or the circumstances of your missing loved one, made public. It’s worth thinking about how this will make both you and your missing person feel.
Some cases will attract lots of media attentions. For some others, it’s difficult to gain any media interest at all. This can be frustrating, but we will support you however we can.