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									Anonymous Sources
       Mrs. Verpooten,
 Miss Wadycki & Mrs. Lolkema
Stephen Glass
   Stephen got in trouble partially by using
    anonymous sources.
   “And that’s because much of the time I
    wrote fictional stories about fictional people
    at fictional times doing fictional things. And
    those people don’t write letters.”
Definition
   Leaving a source unidentified in a story.
   For example:
       Inside sources say
       An unnamed junior boy
       A varsity athlete
Why would you use one?
   What do you think?
     To keep a source from getting in trouble

     So a source’s reputation will not be
      damaged
     Sometimes it’s the only way you’ll get
      the information
But be careful!
   Using an anonymous source can be very
    dangerous… why?
Only use an anonymous source if…
   1. There is no other way to present the
    information.

   (No one else will talk!)
Only use an anonymous source if…
   2. The information is important enough to
    warrant anonymity.

   (You don’t go anonymous for fluffy stories)
Only use an anonymous source if…
   3. The source’s privacy and or reputation
    requires protection

   (Stories about sexual assault are almost
    always anonymous)
Only use an anonymous source if…
   4. The privacy and or reputation of the
    source’s relatives requires protection.

   (Sometimes parents and friends would be
    just as shamed or embarrassed.)
Only use an anonymous source if…
   5. It is necessary to protect the source
    from academic, psychological, or physical
    harm.

   (If someone would get teased or beat up for
    what you print, go anonymous.)

								
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