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A presentation for journalism advisers and student editors to use in educating young reporters about anonymous sources

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Anonymous sources

  1. 1. ANONYMOUS SOURCES By Marina Hendricks December 2009
  2. 2. TO READ: The Seattle Times and Sen. Brock Adams http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19920301&slug=1478550 The Washington Post and Janet Cooke http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bradlee/background_cooke.html Jim Lehrer Interview with Ben Bradlee http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bradlee/transcript_sources.html American Journalism Review/Anonymous Sources http://www.ajr.org/Article.asp?id=1596
  3. 3. TO READ: First Amendment Center/Court Cases http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/analysis.aspx?id=15634 Student Press Law Center/Navigating the Minefield/Mike Hiestand http://www.studentpress.org/acp/trends/~law0506college.html The Poynter Institute/Guidelines/Al Tompkins http://www.poynter.org/content/content_view.asp?id=4361 The Poynter Institute/Questions to Ask/Kelly McBride http://www.poynter.org/content/content_view.asp?id=70904
  4. 4. FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION …
  5. 5. Anonymous Sources <ul><li>Is the information essential? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the information fact, not opinion or judgment? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the source really in a position to know? Is this an eyewitness? </li></ul>“ The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect” by Bill Kovach & Tom Rosensteil
  6. 6. Anonymous Sources <ul><li>What other indicators of reliability are there? (multiple sources, independent corroboration, experience with the source) </li></ul><ul><li>What descriptors can be used so the audience can decide what weight to assign the source? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the source’s motives? </li></ul>“ The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Should Expect” by Bill Kovach & Tom Rosensteil

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