Honest journalistic question time:
When you transcribe a suspect’s words from a video for a text piece, do you clean up their grammar?
This is the example I spotted last night: wcbstv.com – ROUND 2: Wild Knife Fight At NYC Deli
“All I know is my wounds are deep,” explained 29 year-old Arno Ortho.
But that’s not what he said. His exact line was, “All I know is my wounds is deep or whatever.”
The “or whatever” thing grates on me, but I can understanding cutting it out. But changing the incorrect second “is” to “are” is just changing the quote and bad journalism.