Some suggestions for handling quotes

Don't be afraid to tidy up a quote, but be careful about adding words, using dialect, or combining quotes from different interviews, Roy Peter Clark writes in a guide to getting quotes right. One example of Clark's guidance: "When you quote, imagine that someone has taped the interview, even if you have not. It can be a problem if you quote someone in print and then see the source on television the next day using different words than the ones you thought you captured."

September 7, 2015