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Accusing private figures of crime in print

Although you have the right to tell the truth, that is not defined by what you just know must be true. The truth must be verifiable. What proof do you have to publish, or to back up what you publish (...
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Why do newswriters separate women when they report on disasters?

Makes an emotional and social impact Making a point of how many women and/or children perished or were harmed in a given event makes a larger emotional and social impact. It turns the causative ...
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Why do news articles and press releases start with date and location?

I'm pretty sure it originates as a Journalism style. It is a newspaper era journalism technique and ultimately I think its an easy and quick way for journalists to answer two of the important 'W's ...
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How can I distance myself from an article published under my name, with edits I disagree with?

If the article is published, you're trying to shut the door after the horse has bolted. As @JasonBassford says you needed to have had an agreement in place that enabled you to approve edits before ...
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How can I distance myself from an article published under my name, with edits I disagree with?

I was the editor of my university paper back in the day. Chris Sunami's answer is right; university newspapers are produced by amateurs, people learning the trade (who might not even be taking ...
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How to quote something somebody was told by someone else? (Third-party, hearsay)

This is called an indirect (or secondhand) quote. Typically, the advice is to replace it with a primary quote if at all possible. But in an oral recollection like this, it might not be possible to ...
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Term for when you split a quote to say 'said so and so' in Journalism and Reporting?

"Bob Said" is an "attribution". It attributes the spoken words to a particular person. Alternatives include... an "introductory phrese" such as... "According to Bob, " or "Bob reported that " ...
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Would George Orwell get hired in today's expert climate?

I think Orwell would still succeed. For one, a century ago there were simply fewer qualifications to be had; and there has been massive "education inflation" since then; in the USA the number of ...
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Is there too much imagery in the intro of this article?

Everything else aside, if the writing style you use is going to make the piece exceed the maximum length, then I would change your writing style. The writing style you used to compose this question ...
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How to deal with online comments to published pieces?

There's no single standard about this. Whether you engage your readers is up to you, in some cases up to your editor at the publication in question (or perhaps their policies). Barring that kind of ...
5 votes

Use of ampersand, colon and dash in the title of a newsletter article

I would use a colon rather than a dash and I would write the word 'and' instead of using a symbol. Although colons and dashes are often interchangeable, in this case the extra piece could be ...
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Why one sentence per paragraph in these news articles?

There are two reasons. First, as described in this answer, news articles are written as an inverted pyramid and are designed to be cut at any paragraph break and still work. In the late stages of ...
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Would George Orwell get hired in today's expert climate?

It's a simplistic answer, I know, but the qualification both Orwell and Wodehouse shared was that they were excellent writers. There's a tendency to think of qualifications as pieces of paper issued ...
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How can I distance myself from an article published under my name, with edits I disagree with?

This is probably a not uncommon problem for less professional publications, where editorial norms may not be as well-understood. That's not to say that ALL college publications are less professional, ...
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Is there too much imagery in the intro of this article?

Jason is right about style. At the risk of sounding like Admiral Ackbar, it's a trap. The people setting the paper know you don't have any direct experience and it sounds to me more like an exercise ...
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Accusing private figures of crime in print

The editor of a small college magazine really, really ought to have legal counsel readily available. If the magazine has some official affiliation with the college, then the college's lawyers may be ...
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Why do most style guides miss out the 'degrees' when reporting temperature?

I would be careful about saying most style guides. For instance, here's what The Chicago Manual of Style (17th ed.), 10.58, says, referring to its own guidance as well the International Symbol of ...
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How to verify anonymous sources in journalism?

The classic method is to have a policy of the news organization that requires more than one employee to talk to the source, including at least one supervisory employee (editor), and also that no ...
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Attracting Writers for Crowdsourced News App

I think this is a "you can if you can" answer. If you have 500, put a billboard on your site that says "Looking for writers, editors, research, moderation. We want to crowd-source this site! ...
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How can I distance myself from an article published under my name, with edits I disagree with?

I've faced this situation myself. For every edit EXCEPT the added paragraph that tells the reader what to think, that's something that can and does happen, and you should accept it. An editor's job ...
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Accusing private figures of crime in print

If a newspaper/magazine were to receive information relating about a crime committed by a member of the public and are considering publishing this information, then the section on Privacy in the BBC's ...
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Is focus more important in journalism than truth and facts?

"Consider this case. It is 1907. An elderly New England woman finds herself being targeted by Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World. She is 86 years old and holds some unconventional religious beliefs ...
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Attributing TV media sources in online, AP style, journalistic articles

There are websites out there that can be set to format citations for every single form of media. Citing just the televised report, you'll need as much of the following information: The Reporter's ...
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