While I was at Back on My Feet, something I was proud of completing was, with the great help of a colleague, a company style guide.
A style guide should be a fundamental piece of documentation that goes a long way to creating an institutional memory. If everything imploded, a style guide would help you rebuild your organization — with workflow being more explicitly enumerated in staff manuals.
As your organization grows, it’s easy to wake up and find a lot of disparate, disconnected pieces that you’ll need to assemble again. Take hold and keep connected the work you do for a tighter, more inspired and successful campaign.
In looking at other guides and finding value in ours, there are a few items that I think every style guide should include:
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I have noticed what I think is a change in style from the New York Times — or at least it seems new to me –in its use of the phrase “middle class.”
Notice this use of it in this story on the battle brewing on extended so-called “Bush’s tax cuts.”
“But they have pledged to continue the lower tax rates for individuals earning less than $200,000 and families earning less than $250,000 — what Democrats call the middle class.”
That’s a great use of attribution to afford some kind of better description than we have in most other news articles I see. In other stories, I still see the simpler use of the phrase “middle class.” But what the hell does that mean?
Continue reading What is the ‘middle class’ and should the phrase be used in journalism?