Presentation on theme: "QUOTES and ATTRIBUTION. Why use a quote? Adds color Adds credibility Lets reader feel in touch with speaker Give stories change of space Lets readers."— Presentation transcript:
Why use a quote? Adds color Adds credibility Lets reader feel in touch with speaker Give stories change of space Lets readers know something important is coming
What to quote Unique material When someone says something unique When something is said in a unique way When someone important says something important Something significant, interesting, surprising, disturbing
What not to quote Factual information Something that repeats something that has already been said indirectly.
Important guidelines Be accurate Verify information
Other techniques Paraphrasing quotes Partial quotes Capturing dialect or accents
Questions to ask yourself: Am I being fair? Am I being accurate? Am I distorting the meaning? Am I changing what the speaker intended to say?
Questions for reporters Do you correct quotes? Do you remove redundancies? Do you delete obscenity, profanity and vulgarity? Do you make up quotes? Do you check quotes with your sources?
When to attribute: Almost always Exceptions: when a source has to be protected public record Common knowledge Available from several sources Easily verifiable Makes no assumptions Is noncontroversial
Where to put attribution If quote is more than one sentence long, put the attribution after the first sentence of the quote.
Punctuation tips Put commas and periods inside quotation marks Put question marks inside quotation marks if the entire statement is a question. If one person ends the paragraph being quoted and the next paragraph starts with the same person being quoted, do not use quotes at the end of the first paragraph. See page 89.