by Sarah See
About four sources were used in a story by the Associated Press about the heavy rains that triggered flooding and landslides in China.
The sources that were named were the country's meteorological agency, Xinhua News Agency, National Meteorological Center, and Ministry of Civil Affairs.
The sources were scattered throughout the story and not clustered together.
The information appeared to have come from the organizations in general, but it may have come from specific people in those organizations who were unnamed in the story because the information they provided was representative of their organizations as a whole.
Some of the information is from records, specifically the paragraphs that source the Ministry of Civil Affairs and the numbers they determined in regard to the effects of the floods and landslides.
The reporter set up the attribution in the story by putting the most important information first.
It was effective and not confusing because the reporter said what happened by presenting facts with critical details, before having people read through the sources.
Because some people may be in a rush for time when reading the news, the way the reporter set up the attribution allows readers to get the main news value of the story right at the start of every sentence or paragraph.