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Profile Setup

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Write a 100-word or less bio.

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Review Style Guidelines

  • Headlines should be active tense, engaging, accurate -- six to eight words in Title Case.
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  • Intro sentences (Ledes) should be one sentence -- 25 to 35 words.
  • Avoid passive writing.
  • Try to keep the “doer” in the front of the sentence.
  • He was arrested and charged with murder by the police.
  • The police arrested and charged him with murder.
  • Always start a new paragraph with the start of each quote.
  • Always write quotes this way:
  • “My journalism instructor told me to write quotes like this,” she says. “He insists this is the proper way to do it. I can put more than one sentence after the attribution.”
  • Commas are inside the quotes, not outside. WRONG: “... attribution”.
  • Other ways to quote people are acceptable, but this style will never be wrong.
  • TRY to write “Jones says,” not “says Jones.
  • Put the attribution after the first sentence. No need for attribution again in the same paragraph.
  • Ensure correct pronouns when referencing attributing quotes.
  • Attribute as much as possible – particularly any information that could be questioned. It helps the reader know the information can be trusted. Explain to your reader where you got your information.
  • Titles are capitalized when they precede someone’s name. Mayor Bailey recently began his second term vs. Fred Bailey, mayor of Hillandale.
  • Times: Use the days of the week, not today or tonight in print copy.
  • Spell out numbers less than 10. Avoid starting sentences with a number.
  • Email: One word, no hyphen. Related words are generally hyphenated: e-reader, e-commerce.
  • URL addresses should be short - - and always be sure to link back to sources.
  • Street Addresses: Similar to months, five letters or less road related words are not abbreviated. This includes “road”, “way”, “court”, “lane”,“drive”, etc.
  • Further/Farther: Further relates to a degree, i.e., “he got further than I thought he would”. Farther refers to a physical distances, i.e., “he ran farther than everyone else”.
  • Toward/Towards: This is a good rule in general, but you should never add an “S” to the end of toward. The same rule applies to forward, backward, etc.
  • State Abbreviations: States can get tricky because most people are used to the two-letter postal abbreviations for states but the AP style has unique abbreviations for most every state. CA becomes Calif. and Fla. is Florida’s abbreviation to give a couple of examples. Note that 8 states do not get abbreviated: Utah, Ohio, Hawaii, Alaska, Iowa, Maine, Texas, and Idaho.
  • United States/U.S.: Use United States in full when referring to the country as a noun. Only use U.S. abbreviated when it’s used as an adjective. Note the difference in: “When I arrived in the United States I converted my money to U.S. currency”.
  • Temperatures: An exception to the numbers rule is that temperatures one through nine are reflected with digits, save for zero. So you would say “it will be a low of 9 degrees today”. Also I’ll point out that when saying “temperatures in the 50s”, there is no apostrophe on the 50s.
  • Seasons are always lowercase.
  • Months : Seven of the 12 months should be abbreviated as follows: Jan., Feb., Aug., Sept., Oct., Nov., and Dec. whereas the five shorter months with less than five characters a piece, meaning: March, April, May, June, and July are written out in full.

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