Using anonymous sources in news stories can help or hurt the story, often helping and hurting at the same time. Anonymous sources can be very helpful, as they can give journalists a plethora of information without putting themselves at risk. However, anonymous sources can also hurt the credibility of a story in the eye of the public. Many members of the public automatically doubt the information provided by an anonymous source, as they assume the journalist made up the story. The public is much more willing to put trust in a person they actually know, rather than a faceless, nameless source. As they say, seeing is believing.