Our journalese dictionary has a chapter titled “Source Sorcery,” which offers a small collection and definitions of sources — well-known, well-loved and well-employed by the news trade. Most are anonymous. Otherwise, those inside sources would be, “John Smith, the Governor’s driver, who whispered….”
However, we missed a wonderful source identification that I spotted in a Bloomberg News story, Dec. 27, 2017. The story lede: ” Saudi Arabia expects oil revenues to jump 80 percent by 2023 to help the kingdom record its first budget surplus in a decade, according to people with knowledge of the situation.”
That makes readers feel much better. One might wonder if Bloomberg uses unknowledgeable sources, even though anonymous sources frequently fit that description.
File under: Secret sources are worth, yeah, what?
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