The NorthLight Media style sheet - designed to end arguments, or start them
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The style sheet is the definitive reference for how a website, newspaper or magazine uses language. It states preferred spellings, when to use capital letters and, entertainingly, how journalists should handle split infinitives.
For years the style sheet was a tatty document with coffee stains, and worse, on it. It was falling apart, could never be found when it was needed, corrections in pen were ignored or illegible and teams argued about the capitalisation (-ization?) of Budget every time they wrote it. In March and April, that's a lot of arguing!
The idea of having just one style sheet, accessible by all but amended by one should see us safely through to the next discussion about capital G for government, P and M for prime minister and '-ise' or '-ize'.
This style sheet is based on somebody else's style sheet, maybe the Guardian's. I have edited it for my own purposes, but some of the originator's comments remain. I would like to acknowledge the original author's work, so if you can confirm the origins of this work, please contact me.
You are free to use this style sheet as your own, and suggest amendments or additions. I might not adopt them, but by all means suggest. If you would like me to create a bespoke style sheet for your own publication and help your 'responsible person' to maintain it, please get in touch.
Martyn Moore, editor