You don’t even have to go to school anymore to be a journalist. Somewhere between the 90’s and now the old “unnamed sources” became a joke. It was seldom used back in the day, and depending on the journalist, it was used because he has some kind if good relationship with the team and some players. I assume most of these hacks have none of that. The industry is just polluted right now and it’s never going to get better until stricter standards are put in place.