attribution - Attribution When you write a story, your job...

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Attribution When you write a story, your job as a news writer or PR writer includes gathering information from a variety of sources. When you present the information, you are not the expert—your sources are. So you need to attribute things such as quotes and disputable facts to your sources. (sources include people, background reading/research, eyewitness) Information that is common knowledge to most readers does not have to be attributed. Attribution is important because it establishes the news report’s credibility. By telling the readers where the information came from, the reporter lets them make up their own minds whether to believe the story. Attribution: indicating the source of a story or fact, thus giving the information authenticity. Four things to consider concerning attribution: 1. Where to put the attribution in a sentence 2. When to use attribution 3. Proper word order for your attribution 4. How specific you need to be in your attribution 1.Where to put attribution Three possible places to put attribution in a sentence: At the beginning —Shagnasty said, “I am in this race to win.” Or Shagnasty said that he is in this race to win. At the end —“I am in this race to win,” said Shagnasty. Or He is in this race to win, Shagnasty said. Somewhere in the middle
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This note was uploaded on 02/24/2011 for the course JOUR 202 taught by Professor Wiggins during the Spring '07 term at South Carolina.

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