Can I use a small part of a real newspaper/online article in fiction?
I write crime fiction set in my home town, and in my latest novel, a kidnapped woman is left alone in a disused outbuilding of a former mine works, with two local newspapers to read. (The Evening Sentinel)
I would like to use the following paragraph, taken from an online news report about Stoke-on-Trent: the town in which the book is set...
Stoke-on-Trent has become a symbol of left-behind Britain. It is the alleged ‘capital of Brexit’.
Stoke is the victim of a triple economic crisis and a triple identity crisis. Its pottery, steel and coal-mining industries were among the earliest victims of the de-industrialisation of Britain which began under Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s. The city’s public services have been hollowed out by the austerity drive of the past decade. Its town centres, stricken by the collapse of traditional shopping habits, range from the depressed to the derelict.
And make it so the article is actually in the Evening Sentinel, simply because she has no access to any form of phone or computer.
Huge thanks in advance for any advice.