Notes to accompany Exeter Observer community journalism courses and news writing seminars.

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.



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