Consider the Source

OnLine Newsletter: Summer 2018


You hear about a unique person in your community. You interview the subject, write the feature and are done, right? Not so fast.

When writing a story—especially a personality feature—include at least two sources.

“Interviewing the person you are writing about is just one step in the difficult process of bringing an interesting character to life on the page,” says Ruralite Assistant Editor Ethan E. Rocke. 

Sources can include your subject, but remember to interview people the subject interacts with too. Focus on primary sources—firsthand accounts from people with a direct connection to the person or place you are featuring. 

“It is a more compelling testimony if it is not your own,” says Ruralite Editor Leon Espinoza.

Using several sources tells a more complete story and adds credibility. 

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