Style

Notes to accompany the Exeter Observer community journalism training course.

vs. “Pure prose is as rare as pure virtue, and for the same reasons. Metaphors are just more fun.” (Richard Lanham)

-> prescriptions are where we practice as apprentices, mastery comes later …

Exeter Observer house style

Principal aim is broad consistency across publication (without erasing individual voices).

Summary: active not passive; broadsheet not tabloid; accurate, clear and concise without ornament or rhetoric.

Spelling and grammar rules apply. Any journalist who cannot use a dictionary or grasp basic grammatical rules will not be taken seriously by serious readers.

Exeter Observer uses the current edition of the Oxford Dictionary of English (not the Oxford English Dictionary) as a reference.

Specific guidance (derived from editorial team preferences):

In the absence of specific guidance, please refer to The Guardian & Observer style guide.

cf.

Resources

More course notes

Recent stories
Exeter City Council accounts delayed by auditors Grant Thornton

Feature  /  Democracy & governance

Exeter & East Devon council accounts delayed by Grant Thornton's "lack of staff resources"

Annual accounts for local government, including Exeter City Council, have been delayed by private sector firms failing to complete their work on time after cost-cutting government auditing reforms.

Read more ...

2019 parliamentary elections - Devon Conservative vote share change bar chart

Analysis  /  Democracy & governance

Conservative vote share varies across Devon but still blocks an Independent MP in East Devon

Labour loses vote share in every constituency, but retains Exeter and Plymouth Sutton & Devonport to leave the county position unchanged from 2017.

Read more ...

Exeter election polling station

News  /  Democracy & governance

Conservatives hold Topsham in Exeter city council by-election

A by-election held on general election day produced an unusually high turnout but a lower Conservative vote share than at the May local elections.

Read more ...

East Devon Independent Claire Wright 2019 general election candidate

Feature  /  Democracy & governance

East Devon Independent Claire Wright set to unite Remain voters in close historic two-way contest

Claire Wright is poised to make history by beating the Tories in East Devon next week. If she does it will be without thanks to the LibDems and Greens, who insisted on standing candidates against her despite the preferences of local party members and the Unite to Remain campaign.

Read more ...

Striking University of Exeter history lecturers Dr Jennifer Farrell and Dr Gemma Clark

News  /  Education & skills

University of Exeter staff strike over pay, pensions and working conditions

The Exeter branch of the University & College Union (UCU) is taking part in a national eight day strike for fair pay and pensions, including equal pay for female and BAME staff, and against casualisation and increasing workloads.

Read more ...