I'll make this short. I'm writing a personal profile for a news story and I'm looking for alternatives to this type of phrase:
"Apples", said Bob.
"Apples", Bob said.
"Apples", Bob explained.
This post looked promising, but it is geared -- like most of the articles on this Stack Exchange -- to fiction/creative/dialog writing styles, which doesn't work in the Journalistic context. Unfortunately, nobody actually answers the question, instead they seem to say "that's the wrong approach" and offer workaraounds:
- What is the technical term for phrases like "he said" or "said Bob" that appear in between when the writer chooses to split a quote?
- What are other options for splitting a quote or in-line attribution in a written news report?
Any help is appreciated.