Analysis: What is killing sugar-cane workers across Central America?

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The Guardian article, "What is killing sugar-cane workers across Central America?" makes use of a variety and decent number of sources. Most seem to be either credible or relevant to the topic at hand and for the most part either lend scientific perspective or a human angle to the piece.
Reporter Will Storr spoke with seven sugar cane plantation workers or their family members. Their quotes are sprinkled throughout the story which makes for a cohesive piece that reads with a smooth flow. Storr also quotes three researchers from separate universities with varying levels of knowledge on kidney health and disease. Storr's interview with an El Salvadorian doctor whose focus is studying the disease the article centers on is another relevant interview.
He also pulls in some facts about the global economic standing of the El Salvadorian sugar cane industry without direct attribution which could be problematic if reports vary. A quote from a report by health minister María Isabel Rodríguez give some context to the article as does information accompanied by a quote from a spokesman for Nicaragua Sugar Estates.
The writer used an unconventional approach to include interviewee's quotes by directly including his own voice within the exchange of an interview. This style of writing could be seen as lazy on Storr's part, but also does personalize the story by painting a more human and transparent image of the newsgathering process. Overall, the quantity and quality of sources in this piece is solid, though at times informal.

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Keep working. You want to have attribution in nearly every line of your news entries. That includes the lede. Keep up the good work.

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