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3

Style and the Stylebook

 

Wire Service Stylebooks

Journalistic Conventions

Language Sensitivity

Attention to Detail

Exercises

 

English is an extremely diverse language, giving the user many ways of saying the same thing. For instance, 8 or eight o’clock, 8 a.m., 8 A.M., eight a.m., and eight in the morning can all correctly refer to the same thing. A reference may be made to the President, the U.S. president, the President of the United States, and so on. All of these forms are technically correct, but which one should a journalist use? And does it really matter?

The answer to the first question is governed by journalistic style. Style is a special case of English correctness that a publication adopts. It does so to promote ...

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