July 18th, 2012
Some media outlets seek “quote approval”
By Dana Neuts
In an article by Poynter Tuesday, Steve Myers reports that some media outlets are seeking quote approval before running stories, particularly those that involve presidential candidates. Fortunately, Myers learned, that the Associated Press is not among those media outlets.
John Brummett of Arkansas Online comments. I particularly like this part: “…serve the reader and voter, not the newsmaker.”
How do you feel about this? Do you think getting quote approval is an acceptable practice, or do you think it grants too much editorial freedom to those being interviewed?
Dana E. Neuts is a full-time freelance writer and editor and is the publisher of iLoveKent.net and iLoveWashington.net. An avid SPJ volunteer, she is the regional director for SPJ’s region 10, serves on the membership committee, and is the chair for the freelance committee. She is also a candidate for the office of national SPJ Secretary/Treasurer. Followe her on Twitter (@SPJDana, @SPJFreelance, @VirtuallyYourz).