Most of people consider that anonymous sources cannot use in the news story because it barely contribute to the creditability; However, I think if anonymous can be handled properly, it will be useful to society.
Even though anonymous sources have been condemned by the most of public as a threat to the credibility of the media, I still consider the world’s most famous anonymous source, Deep Throat, the pseudonym given to the secret informant who provided information to Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein of The Washington Post in 1972 about the involvement of United States President Richard Nixon's administration in what came to be known as the Watergatescandal, reminds the media and the public why their use is sometime necessary.
I believe that anonymous sources can contribute to the news stories because it offers proof of the fact. However, the reported should carefully use of the anonymous. According to Bradlee, a vice president at The Washington Post, reporters got lazy at the using of the anonymous sources. Some of the reporters started “picking up some skinny and they say, ‘Well, as one official said, ’” Bradless said. From the interview of Bradless, he mentioned that the reporters should specific the anonymous sources as much as possible, such as a man or a woman, an Army or a Navy, or Republican or Democrat. Bradless said it can help the reader a lot.
Also, I think anonymous sources can show the credibility if the reporter knows what he or she telling is the truth. As a reporter, we have a duty to telling the truth to our readers. If the anonymous sources can make our readers know more, why we do not use it?
According to Bradless, there are other little tricks that the reporters can use; “most of these stories where the lead of the sources is identified as anonymous, the name will be mentioned somewhere in the story.” (From the interview of Bradlee)
The Watergate is best example to show how anonymous sources can work for a news story, and I believe it will still used by many reporters even it is always under a controversy.