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Gaza hospital explosion poses questions about how to report to readers who don’t read

Posted on AllSides October 29th, 2023
From The Left
Graphic by Mira Fox

“According to an eyewitness account.” “Israeli officials said in a statement.” “Reportedly.” “Said a student on the condition of anonymity.” “Per Palestinian officials.” “Some experts say.”

For journalists, attributions like these are a crucial tool intended to provide clarity and context. They demonstrate where an idea came from, and whether it might contain bias. Often, they indicate — but do not say directly — that the information has not been independently verified.

But most people do not consume journalism like journalists; their eyes may glaze past attributions to focus on...

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