In July 2007, Amy Jacobson, a former Chicago NBC TV reporter, was invited to the home of Craig Stebic, who was accused of being involved is his wife Lisa’s disappearance. Jacobson had been following this story for weeks prior and claims she agreed to go to the Stebic’s house to attempt to get an interview. Unfortunately for Amy Jacobson, a CBS-2 News reporter visited one of the Stebic’s neighbors and caught Jacobson on camera in a halter top and swimming with her family and Stebic’s. This “Bikini Video” found its way to the air on CBS and now Jacobson is suing CBS for defamation and invasion of privacy.
From the moment the Bikini Video surfaced, Amy Jacobson’s life has been in turmoil. Did she expect any consequences? Is there anything that she could have done or that you could do to avoid a situation like this? Yes, and while some may be plain common sense, check out some tips below:
1. Simply say NO. Knowing that a potentially harmful person is inviting you to your house should set off some bells in your head. Rely on your gut; if you have one inkling of a thought that you shouldn’t go, then don’t.
2. Be extremely public. Talk in a public place. Some popular places to talk are coffee shops, fast food restaurants, cafes, or anywhere that has a continuous flow of people whether they are employees or patrons.
3. Does it have anything to do with your job? Amy Jacobson was a reporter and not technically “on-the-clock”. In her mind she was always on the clock and jumped at the chance to talk to Stebic. One thing she could have done is inform her boss that she was going to go over to Stebic’s house. You should do the same. Just communicate to your boss or another co-worker what you are intending to do. That way you bring others in and create a timeline. The worse that could happen is that they will try to talk you out of it, which could be a good thing too.
4. Find out a reason you are being invited. If someone won’t tell you why they are inviting you over, then that should be cause for suspicion. People who have something to hide or are planning on something dastardly, will be vague and nervous. Keep a sharp ear on how they speak.
5. Ask Questions. Some questions you should ask: Who else is there? How long do you expect me to stay? Can we meet somewhere else? And don’t forget number four.
By using your common sense and using the above five tips, you will avoid having a Bikini Video shown on the air like Amy Jacobson.
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