Public Information (P.I.) Service
Like all of A.A., the primary purpose of members involved with public information service is to carry the A.A. message to the alcoholic who still suffers. Working together, members of local Public Information (P.I.) committees convey A.A. information to the general public, including the media. A.A. members of the P.I. committees might visit schools, local businesses, church and civic groups when they are invited. Those visits might include distribution of A.A. literature, a brief talk and/or showing an A.A. video as well as staffing an A.A. booth at wellness days.
Cooperating with the media
A.A. has enjoyed excellent relations with print, radio and television journalists.
Anonymity: By Conference Advisory Action, G.S.O. annually sends several thousand Anonymity letters requesting that those working in print, radio and TV journalism observe our Tradition of personal anonymity at the public level for all A.A. members. Some P.l. committees distribute copies of this Anonymity letter locally, while others use the text on their letterhead for a mailing to local media outlets.
Requests for Presence of A.A. members on Radio or TV
Such requests are carefully considered to assure that: a.) Anonymity of members will be protected; b.) A.A. cooperation will adhere to our primary purpose and Traditions. The 1969 General Service Conference considered this matter and approved this resolution:“We will endeavor to avoid participation on radio and TV programs, unless:
- We are given adequate time for preparation;
- Our presence will serve an A.A. objective;
- The primary discussion is appropriate for A.A. — not concerned with crime, sex, controversy or any other sensationalism;
- We are satisfied that our anonymity is guaranteed.”
Public Service Announcements (P.S.A.s)
Whether for radio or television, A.A. Conference-approved P.S.A.s are widely accepted as a way to provide information on A.A. Historically, local radio and television stations have offered free airtime for public service announcements from nonprofit organizations such as Alcoholics Anonymous. Although stations are no longer mandated to donate airtime to P.S.A.s, local broadcasters are generally quite willing to air them.
Conference-approved videos are listed in the literature catalog and serve as an excellent way of telling the A.A. story visually. Occasionally, a TV station is willing to air information on A.A. in more detail than can be included on P.S.A.s. “Hope: Alcoholics Anonymous” is suitable for this purpose, as are the “Young People’s Videos.” Keep in mind that no A.A. video or P.S.A. can be altered without the permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.
A range of videos can be viewed on the A.A. website https://www.aa.org
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