A quote is the transcription of what someone has said. It's usually short (a sentence or a paragraph).
Quotes give authenticity and flavor to hard news.
They humanize the reporting of news.
They give a voice to the people involved, creating for the reader flesh and blood meaning in place of abstraction.
Quotes should always be accurate.
There are two kinds of quotes: direct and indirect
The indirect quote is faithful to the meaning of what a person said, though the wording is not exactly the same. You don't use quotation marks.
An example of a direct quote:
Here, you have the transcription between quotes exactly as Rodríguez said it.
An example of an indirect quote:
This is faithful to what he said, but doesn't use his exact words.