A good reporter makes it clear where he or she got their information. Everything but the most obvious and commonly known facts should be attributed. When in doubt, don’t assume your reader knows. State where you got your information. The reader can then decide how reliable a story is.
As in an essay, the source needs to be named in the story:
Unlike an essay, the source does not need a text citation in the story after each attribution or to be listed in a reference or works cited list.
All quotes must be attributed. Include the name of the person speaking in the sentence and surround their exact words in quotations marks.
Use multiple sources. Stories are more balanced when multiple points of view are presented. Make sure you don’t use just the official source for information. Try to talk with all parties involved.
Because sources have different perspectives, their information may contradict. The reporter has a responsibility to doublecheck information for accuracy.
It's a challenge for any organization.
In particular, any opinion must be attributed. Adding the opinion of persons involved in the story can add personal perspective to a story. However, the reporter should never include or shape the story to show his or her opinion. The reporter's job is to build a complete picture that the reader can base a decision on.