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Double negatives

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Bucknutty, Dec 10, 2006.

  1. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Most of the times I'll clean up HS kids quotes to a point ("I saw" rather than "I seen"). Sometimes, you can't or it will be obvious what you did.
    When I quote people saying what they actually said, I get a phone call from my paper telling me that I have to be careful because it will seem racist, even when it isn't.
    My response is usually, "so you don't want me to quote them verbatim?"
  2. Franklin

    Franklin Member

    ace makes a good point. if a quote isn't good, don't use it. i think writers feel like the more quotes they get in, the more people will say, hey, he got a quote, he must be working hard. but no one actually makes that distinction. just run with what works, even if that means paraphrasing.
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