We've moved! Come join us at Watchdog Arena, where you'll continue to find the same quality articles that expose waste, fraud and abuse as well as examine policy issues at all levels of government.

Please visit our new home and follow us on social media: Facebook & Twitter

We've moved!

Come join us at Watchdog Arena!

Sign Up for Watchdog Updates!

Tip O’ The Day: Source It!

December 10, 2012

Bloggers have a point of view. That’s what makes their writing interesting — often more interesting than the straight news in the newspaper. People like to see some spice and passion in writing. It’s keeps their attention.

Still, in order to be respected, a writer must be trusted to be fair. At the very least, he must acknowledge the other side of the story.

One way to make sure to get the “rest of the story” is to make sure that you reach out to the subject of the story and to quote them, if possible.

Being fair can go a long way to allowing access, too. Politicians and public servants know that everything they do is not going to be popular. Reporters and bloggers are bound to feel strongly one way or another. What they resent, though, is not having their side told.

Blogging is better when it shares the opposing view. It allows readers to decide for themselves. It also demonstrates to readers and to the people you’re covering that you care about the truth more than shilling for a point of view.

Good blogging has good sourcing. It’s better to say that attempts were made for comment then to have not sought comment at all.

Tags: , ,


  1. 6 facts every watchdog should know about libel and slander
  2. 9 Ways to Shed Light on Election Season with Citizen Journalism
  3. Citizen Spotlight: Chris Delamo, Grand Prize Winner of Watchdog Video Contest
  4. You Can Do “Man on the Street” Interviews Like the Pros
  5. It’s August Recess: Ask Your Question and Demand Answers!


comments powered by Disqus