"No anonymous sources unless the story is of major importance to the community or the country. Anonymous sourcing should be extraordinary, not routine" (22).
I agree with the last part of this quote and even the first part, but at the Setonian we have such a small community that reads the paper that nothing will ever need to be anonymous.
In a class last year, I asked about anonymous quotes because I wanted to do something about drinking or a column about crazy things that happen at SHU. It was made clear that an article like this would not fly with the nuns/administration, we don't do gossipy/ask abby stuff, and we don't ever use anonymous quotes.
People I interviewed weren't willing to come forward though because they were afraid they would get in trouble, but it is these ideas, this popculture focus on sex, crime, drugs, and drinking that would bring more readers to the paper. Only we aren't allowed to put that in. Not in even in a column because of the audience we have now and because of need for anonymous sources.
So these guidelines may work for AP and The USA Today, but not the Setonian. However, I did like and think many of the other guidelines could apply, like saying "The USA Today has learned" and describing the source.