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Tweet14: Use anonymous sources sparingly


Tweet-14–Use anonymous sources sparingly and have good reason for doing so. #25HZLWD

For any journalist, using anonymous sources creates a true predicament—one in which the newspaper’s credibility is on the line, and the reporter takes full responsibility for the authenticity and accuracy of whatever the anonymous source says.  This is a difficult and precarious situation to be in, and it is one all student publications should enter only after careful consideration.

• Guide to using anonymous sources

How do you know when using an anonymous source is appropriate and justified?  Consider our tips for using anonymous sources, and then be sure to create your own staff policy that dictates how and when anonymous sources are OK.

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