Introduction to Journalism: Week 2 of Notes
Introduction to Journalism: Week 2 of Notes 53-1011
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Week 2 Jan. 31Feb. 6 Readings for the week: 1. Chapter 5 of The Missouri Group 2. Pew Center Research: http://www.pewresearch.org/facttank/2015/12/22/15striking findingsfrom2015/ and http://www.pewresearch.org/facttank/2014/12/12/forsomethe satiriccolbertreportisatrustedsourceofpoliticalnews/ Chapter 5 notes “Handling Quotations and Attributions”: Direct Quotes: the exact words that a source says or writesadd color and credibility to your story o Gives the reader an insight to the interviewee Not everything is worth quoting, only what they say that be relevant to the story needs to be quoted and added o Example: If your story is about police brutality in Chicago, the quote “I really like orange juice in the morning,” is not relevant to your story Always use good judgment when selecting quotes If it will hurt your credibility or your subject, it might not be a good quote Facts do not need to be quoted, paraphrasing is better o Example: if your interviewee says that Illinois became a state in 1818, that is already known information: meaning it does not need “” You must be accurate and fair when using quotes As a journalist, just because you put it into quotes it will not “relive you of the responsibility” ALWAYS check out your subjects quotes for accuracy o Example: Jeb Bush says that Donald Trump likes to steal ice cream from small children, check with Trump’s rep to confirm or deny Quoting from email, social media, or the internet can be tricky o It is ok as long as you check for ACCURACY Taking someone else’s direct quotes is not the best thing to do o Can ruin credibility and makes the journalist look lazy Checking out sources and your subjects protects you from accusations of misquoting and libel o Always have good good notes and a recorded interview to protect you Alternating Quotes: Partial quotes can hurt a story more than help if used too much Can also discredit the the subject o Example: Dogs like to walk a lot, Jane Doe’s dog is “fat” and “doesn’t move” so she doesn’t walk If your subject has a certain dialogue or accent, it can help you story and give the readers more of a better picture, recommended: don’t have to correct Correcting grammar in a quote is not recommended since it could hurt again hurt credibility but it can depend on the people you work for as well o Same goes for profanity Attribution: involves giving the name of, and sometimes other identifying information about, the source of a direct or indirect quotation o The first time you attribute someone, always full identify o Example: “My favorite shirt is my pink one,” said Marcie John, 18, a student at NYU Always use said before the proper noun, keeps in generalized If your direct quote is longer than one sentence, always put the attribution at the end of the first quote with a comma in the first, period second o Example: “The squirrel bit me,” said Johnny Boy. “I was not expecting that. Do not place the attribution at the front of the quote Always separate the partial and impartial quotes NEVER make up a source or quote ALWAYS use past tense Anonymous sources can be seen as not credible, try to avoid
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