The safest answer is no. However, some "media savvy" people have had success when going off-the-record. They were able to supply reporters with credible information without being quoted. This helped them establish credibility among media representatives.
To be successful when going off-the-record, I recommend that you ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you trust the reporter?
- Do you want the information to be made public?
- Do you have a clear understanding of what the reporter means and does the reporter have a clear understanding of what you mean by off-the-record? For example:
- Giving the reporter background that is not to be used in the story.
- Giving the reporter background to be used in the story, but not attributed to you.
If the answer to any of these questions is "no" then it's not a good idea to go off-the-record. It's not worth the risk.