A quick note about This is True’s story sources. When I started True, I wanted my stories to be from “mainstream, legitimate newspapers” — with an early addition being the weekly news magazines (like Time and Newsweek). I’ve always stayed away from broadcast sources, since I always want a printed version of a story to rely on.
With virtually all news media having web sites now, which provide those all-important text versions of their stories, I have from time to time considered updating the policy and allowing broadcast news outlets — but only if I can get a text version of the story from their web site.
As of this month, with CNN announcing it’s creating a wire service for newspapers to compete head to head with the 150-year-old Associated Press, I am as of now going to start using CNN’s written stories as a source for True, as CNN is now a newspaper story source.
So how much should I expand this? I always want to stay with “mainstream, legitimate” news sources — never tabloids like the National Enquirer (or, worse, the freakish Weekly World News.) Should I allow stories from local TV news stations? Sometimes we see great stories on local TV news web sites, but haven’t found the story in the local newspaper in the same city.
I’m interested in your thoughts on this. The comments form is open and ready to receive your feedback below.
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The conclusion: the source list was expanded to include any “legitimate, mainstream” news outlet, including broadcast sources, if there was a published text version.