as for the student journalists situation here, I still am a student, graduate student, but still one with a profound interest in journalism. Unlike the reporters in newspapers such as the Village Voice who write an article like they were presenting a screenplay, I tend to employ an element of "if it is stated or written (in a press release) as being fact, then I don't include it." However, should I be writing from an editorial observer's point of view, apparently much like the students in the class in question, then I may observe that the "quarterback looked depressed". Otherwise, I as a journalist, will rather have the quarterback tell me that he is feeling depressed, followed by a report of why and what has made him feel this way. Sure we can all assume what the subject of a peice is thinking or doing but isn't better to get the subject to tell us that rather than second guessing the reactions? We can tell our audience that the mother of seven children killed in a Detroit fire is sad, but wouldn't it be more effective to write that she weeped uncontrollably and shouted at God questioning the deaths? This would also work just to roll tape and pick up the nat sound of her crying. That, would tell me more than a simple questionable-facts statement. Am I wrong? michael K.