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Using Quotes from Other Media Sources

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Kettner, Dec 1, 2006.

  1. Shaggy

    Shaggy Guest

    The guys on my beat are cool with lifting quotes, so long as it's the day after original quote-getter already ran with it, and as long as it's not something earth-shattering exclusive.
  2. Always attribute the quote if you don't get it yourself, even if you suspect it was given to a pool of reporters. At the very least, you're protecting yourself if the person who says it challenges the quote.
  3. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Well-Known Member

    I'm skittish about using any quote I didn't hear with my own ears. I know a lot of reporters who take pride in not using a tape recorder, and it shows when I read their quotes the next day. Hell, I barely trust the folks at my paper to feed my an accurate quote, and it's not a knock against them. Like Jason Robards (as Ben Bradlee) said in a certain movie you may have heard of, "I hate trusting anybody."
  4. JFT

    JFT Member

    For some reason, a couple of writers in Atlanta still have had a problem with this. (Levine & Curtright).
  5. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Let me guess: Their quotes read better? Fewer um, uhs, cuss words and run-on sentences?
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