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A Dictionary of Journalism

Tony Harcup

Ascribing information and/or opinion to the *source or sources from which it originates so that members of the audience are not left asking, ‘How do they know this?’ or, ‘Who says so?’. Attribution is therefore regarded as a key element of journalistic practice that tells the reader or viewer how a news organization knows what it is reporting, and confirms that journalists are not simply giving their own versions of events. Attribution can involve direct ... ...

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