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Controversial Quote -- In or Out?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by bostonbred, Sep 20, 2007.

  1. bostonbred

    bostonbred Guest

    “... High doesn’t even have a team,” snorted the disgruntled senior co-captain. “They have one player and that is ... . They played one player. We played 13.”

    Covering varsity high school volleyball for a regional section of local newspaper. Sore loser co-captain gave me this quote, which is more interesting than anything else I could use. She gave me permission to use. Risk using it and pissing people off while trying to sass a dull story or go with a traditional covering of the sport?
  2. Magnum

    Magnum Member

    Run it.
  3. Flash

    Flash Guest

    I would.
  4. forever_town

    forever_town Active Member

    Use the quote. The player said it. Use it.
  5. bostonbred

    bostonbred Guest

    thanks, ill put it in.
  6. Magnum

    Magnum Member

    What's wrong with pissing people off? Anyway, you're not pissing anyone off. You're running with the kid said. And what do you mean, "she gave me permission to use it?" I know she's just a high school kid but that's a slippery slope you're standing on ...
  7. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    Board seemed to glitch as I went to post this:

    DO NOT USE the words "snorted" or disgruntled." But DO USE the quote.

    Then tell your readers how that "one player" beat the shit out of the whiny losing bitch and her team.
  8. Magnum

    Magnum Member

    Good points all.
  9. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member

    Gotta use the quote. That's gold, bostonbred. Gold.

    But I'm with spnited. Just let the player do the talking. I'm not a fan of deviating so much from "said," especially if the option is snorted. You don't need to explain she was disgruntled. Happy people don't rip opponents like that.
  10. Dan Rydell

    Dan Rydell Guest

    Run it.

    Makes it obvious that she's a sore loser. Maybe she'll learn something.
  11. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    If you use it, ditch the snorted and disgruntled and set it up with the heroics of the one-woman gang that beat them.
  12. Mayfly

    Mayfly Active Member

    If a player says something and it fits into the mold of your story, use it. As long as it's not libelous you are fine.
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