Credit: Use this checklist to get it right

Three elements in a story — attribution, sources and substantiation — give credit in distinct ways. Credit is essential to give you and your work credibility. Attribution tells readers where information came from; it makes the story transparent. Sources indicate that others — not the reporter — provided information; they make the story credible. Substantiation […]

8 questions to ask about sources

If you’re publishing your own work — whether as a freelancer or an employee of a media company — here are some important questions to ask yourself. You can use them as a checklist to ensure you give proper credit and include the best sources. Appropriate attribution and sourcing will set you apart as someone who […]

Don’t agree to anonymous source: video

Awhile back, we posted a brief introduction to Foofie, who is an identical replica of a stuffed animal my co-author had as a child. That post was prompted by an emailer who asked, “Who’s the bear on the bookshelf in your videos?” Here is what we said: The bear is a dog, and his name […]

Should we censor reader comments?

Yesterday’s Romenesko column linked to a Bill Reader piece for American Journalism Review arguing in favor of anonymous reader comments. I think Reader makes a compelling case for a point of view that is not getting a lot of support these days. The arguments against uncensored comments are that they are often insulting, rude and […]