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by Chip Berlet, Holly Sklar, and Abby Scher - Z Media Institute

Using Stylebooks

Even experienced writers keep stylebooks handy. The AP Stylebook offers simple grammar rules and standard usage for newspaper journalists. Leading style books include the New York Times Manual of Style and Usage, The Chicago Manual of Style and Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style. 

Show Some Style

Tell a story.

News articles tend to be linear, with one point following another. Magazine articles often are more complex, with two or three themes bumping next to one another.

One author suggests that you write your magazine article using the double helix of DNA as a guide, weaving two themes together throughout. Op-Eds are short and snappy, with strong leads to grab reader attention.

 

 

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