The Buttry Diary- You can quote me on that: Advice on attribution for journalists

February 2, 2012

Steve Buttry shares a quick guide for journalists on how to effectively attribute sources without wearing out writing.

Buttry states that attribution is used to ensure credibility and lets readers know where reporters got the information. Therefore, it is important to attribute facts provided by another source, opinions and when using someone else’s words. Public domain knowledge or first-hand observances do not need to be attributed. Buttry also emphasizes careful note taking, linking, writing with authority, checking sources and crediting anonymous sources.

Proper attribution is the foundation for conducting ethical journalism. When in doubt, keep in mind that something as simple as a quick Google search can help circumvent unintended plagiarism.

Read The Buttry Diary for more journalistic tips.

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