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Telling the reader where information originated

Attributive Verbs

Verbs used to link what was said with who said it; neutral verbs, such as "said," are best


Reporter's presentation of different points of view throughout a story so that all sides receive fair play

Direct Quotations (Direct Quotes)

Word-for-word replays of information from sources; used to provide insight into a story; placed in quotation marks

Paraphrase (Indirect Quote)

Summary in the reporter's own words of what a source says; not placed in quotation marks

Partial Quote and Fragmentary Quote

Less than a full sentence taken word-for-word from a source and placed in quotation marks; used in conjunction with paraphrase


Passing somone else's ideas and/or words off as your own

Quote Collection

A group of quotes related to a single topic or from a single source; may be further enhance with a mug shot


Words that help the reader move smoothly through a story

Wooden Quotes

Quotes that sound unreal, stilted, or artificial; avoid them

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