- Citation Guide
- Month Abbreviations
- Recommended Reference Books
- Rules for Good Writing
- State Abbreviations (In Text)
- State Abbreviations (Postal)
- Time Zones
Months may be abbreviated in news stories, but not days of the week. Abbreviate the month only when it is followed by the number of the day.
Example: Plan to turn in your photos for the March issue by Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2010.
- Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Inc.
- Review and Herald Stylebook, Review and Herald Publishing Assn.
- The Associated Press Guide to Punctuation, Basic Books
- The Associated Press Stylebook, Basic Books
- The Chicago Manual of Style, The University of Chicago Press
- The Gregg Reference Manual, McGraw Hill
- Webster's Guide to Abbreviations, Merriam-Webster, Inc.
NOTE: The Lake Union Herald editorial staff primarily refers to The Associated Press Stylebook and the Review and Herald Stylebook. During a production cycle, all of the above books may be utilized to clarify grammar, spelling, and style questions. Since a majority of our work is spent editing the copy we receive, it would be helpful if all writers referred to these books also for style questions.
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State Abbreviations (Postal Addresses)
District of Columbia
Time zones may be abbreviated after a clock time, if the story involves travel between time zones or the time of a radio broadcast or televised program is likely to affect people in more than one time zone. Check your time zone.
- Example: The program will be aired at 7:00 p.m. ET.
- Example: Listen for the program at 6:00 p.m. CDT.
- Choose the simple word over the fancy.
- Use the familiar word rather than the unfamiliar.
- Avoid unnecessary adjectives and adverbs.
- Use picture nouns and action verbs.
- Never use a long word when you can just as well use a short one.
- Avoid excessive "to be" words.
- Master the simple declarative sentence.
- Choose the simple sentence over the complicated one.
- Vary your sentence length.
- Put the words you want to emphasize at the beginning or end of your sentence.
- Use the active voice.
- Put statements in a positive form.
- Vary paragraph length.
- Cut needless words, sentences, and paragraphs.
- Avoid limitation. Write in your own natural style.
- Avoid denominational jargon and phraseology.
- Write for understanding, not to impress.
- Never assume the reader is religiously oriented as you are.
- Revise and rewrite. You can always improve.
Source: Atlantic Union Gleaner Correspondent's Handbook