As a blogger – who has not studied journalism or a writing course, let alone, a degree – there are quite a number of challenges that one faces. This, especially, happens when one has to quote someone or a particular publication. In most cases, it is quoting that I have recently come across as very challenging.
In an effert to get help from people who have been in the industry so quite sometime, if not years – whether blogging as a profession or just for fun – I then sent this SMS in seeking help as far as quoting or quotations are concerned, which read thus:
Hi Please Help me with this: I am a Blogger (akanyangm.blogspot.com) in my own right and a regular contributor to certain publications (In fact, MyNews24 online is the only publication that comes to mind) and someone who has not studied journalism, but self-taught through reading extensively, from politics- to media-related publications both print & online.
This also includes, opinion articles, debates and interviews. As a confession for being addicted to Mail & Guardian & Sunday Times especially, and other Online publications & Journals, there is something that I am not sure of or that which makes me wonder who’s right or wrong because all publications mentioned before & those that I will mention later do follow these menthods of quoting, including New York Times & The Guardian and Financial Times, especially at the end of the ‘quoted sentence/wording’.
So which of the two is correct or when should one use either or both methods: “Akanyang. . . to go“. OR “Akanyang. . . to go.”