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Hi Orientalhorizon, the examples above were two separate ones that appeared in two different pieces. Sorry for the confusion. I agree with frank and am inclined to use 'author/reporter' because of the neutrality issue but would like to 'poll the audience' : ) to confirm. Thank you everyone.
First I think we should know the context, the "笔者" is definitely the author, but if he/she is citing some information from a reporter, then, "笔者" and "记者" would be two different people, in this case, "笔者" would be "I", and "记者", "the reporter"
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13 mins confidence: peer agreement (net): +4
Explanation: In my humble opinion, one would use "reporter" to help declare that the author was an observer, not a participant.
In a traffic accident, one's passenger is not allowed to be the witness as s/he was the driver's passenger and not likely an objective observer.
The same applies.
franksf Native speaker of: English, Chinese PRO pts in category: 4