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How did you get this number?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Lion_Woods, Jun 28, 2007.

  1. Lion_Woods

    Lion_Woods Active Member

    When a source asks you this, how do you respond? Do you tell him/her? Ignore the question?
  2. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    "I researched it."

    www.anywho.com is a pretty good source.

    But there are many sources by which to gain phone numbers.
  3. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    Not difficult if you kow how to do research on the 'net.
  4. If I got it out of a phone book or other database, I'll tell them.
    If someone else gave it to me, I say, "I'm sorry. I'm a journalist and I never reveal my sources."
    Most of the time, that gets a laugh, but I am also serious about that.
  5. TwoGloves

    TwoGloves Well-Known Member

    "A stall in the men's room."
  6. IGotQuestions

    IGotQuestions Member

    i tell the person my source, unless my source gives me the number and tells me "you didn't get it from me," in which case I tell the person that "unfortunately, I can't say" and if the person is squirmy, i usually say that I keep the number confidential.
  7. Mayfly

    Mayfly Active Member

    "How did you get my number?"
    "The questions isn't how did I get your number, but what I am doing outside of your house right now."
  8. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    "From my friend at ESPN..."
  9. Walter Burns

    Walter Burns Member

    I haven't heard that question in a while, but when I do, I tell them that we just have it on file somewhere.
  10. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    From your wife. She's very talented. And kinky. She learn that from you?
  11. shockey

    shockey Active Member

    "just good investigative journalism." 8) 8) 8)
  12. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Sneaky BAstard 101... they teach it in college
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