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Quoting from press releases

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Shifty Squid, Jan 29, 2010.

  1. Shifty Squid

    Shifty Squid Member

    Obviously, I'd prefer to talk to a person directly when I quote them. But I've found there are times in college/pro coverage (typically for between-game notebooks and such) where the only quotes you're going to have time to get are from a release.

    With regard to that, I have two questions I thought you guys might be able to help me out with ...

    1) If that's the only quote I can get, am I better off just going without a quote if that's possible?
    2) If I do use a quote from a release, what would be the best way to attribute it? "Greg Oden is my hero," Joe Blow said, in a press release. "Although I'm pretty sure he secretly pities me."? Is it necessary to say that the quote came from a release?

    Thanks for any thoughts you might have.
  2. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Use only when there's no alternative. ALWAYS make it clear "said in a school-issued statement" or "in a press release" or something. NEVER make it look like you got quote yourself.
  3. Shifty Squid

    Shifty Squid Member

    Yeah, that's what I was thinking. Just wanted to confirm I was going in the right direction. Much thanks.
  4. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    I don't use them.
  5. Always attribute a canned quote to a statement or news release. Postgame quote sheets are a different animal, though. Acceptable there without attribution, but you need to be careful, because schools/teams will sanitize them.
  6. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Well-Known Member

    What he said, with my addendum tacked on the end.
  7. Shifty Squid

    Shifty Squid Member

    Yeah, Stitch, I agree. I'm actually trying to avoid it. I may very well be able to but wanted to check and make sure I attributed it correctly if I did end up having to fall back on it.
  8. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    You try not to use them, but in the 24/7 world now, you might have to go with a quote from a release if it's breaking news and you want to get it on the web right away.

    Or if it's a situation where a coach/AD or whomever doesn't want to talk, issues a release and disappears.
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