When Is Asking the Question Part of the News? (Rarely.)

when-asked-aboutWe mostly only encounter the phrase “when asked about” in reporting, so when students start writing news reports, they tend to gravitate towards that phrase in order to signal to the world, “I am doing journalism now.” In truth, journalists use that phrase only in very specific circumstances, when omitting it would give a distorted impression of the truth. Usually, my students can revise so that the quote does more of the work, making the phrase “when asked about” unnecessary: —When Is Asking the Question Part of the News? (Rarely.)