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You know what? You're 100 percent right. I guess I appreciate the edit this time. Haha.
Great write on the all time NBA - I didn't catch that it was alternates and bench alone...I tweaked the article with some formatting and edited, then re-edited the headline----don't forget to add more tags in the future. If you don't, no one will and I would hope that an article like this one does not get tucked away in some corner...I'd prefer to see it on the front page, my friend.
what happened on your board down there? Use whatever spelling or diction that YOU are comfortable with - this is a fan site, not the NY Times and there are no set rules for relating to YOUR fan base. Every writer has his own, unique style of writing and reaching out to the reader...keep yours, yours - not someone elses
As a Graduate of Syracuse University I can tell you that on this site - you are responsible for what and how you want to convey "your thoughts" - there is not set diction - contrary to what others opine - When you begin to write for the USA Today then you can follow their rules, until then your writing should follow your own...I can tell you that we are the envy of most sports writers because of the simple fact that we can retain our own personality in writing and don't HAVE to write what we're told - unlike corporate "news reporters" who are told what to report
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One of the slight differences between B/R Style and AP Style is that we do in fact spell out "three-pointer." A note regarding this style detail can be found here:
Feel free to check it out and let me know what you think.
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Yeah, ESPN (along with every paper I've ever written for) uses "3-pointer." When I was staff at The Patriot Ledger, I wrote it that way in roundups all the time during the winters. Different publication, different style.
The New York Times has its own style on many things; for example, it writes headlines like B/R does when most papers use sentence case. Once upon a time, Col. Robert McCormick of the Chicago Tribune decided to crusade against established dictionaries and simplify spellings such as "thru" instead of "through," but you'll learn that if you take history of journalism (you would if you went to Northeastern, at least).
Point is, this site can go with whatever it wants to, and it's no big deal, really. In fact, if I (or any other editors) change something on one of your stories, you are free to change it back. We're just responsible for making it conform to our guidelines as much as possible to give it the best chance at looking professional and staying consistent with our other stories.
To answer your question, I pasted what Ryan wrote about it in the previous message, but here it is if it wasn't clear those were his words (he did not go into detail here and went on to answer other style questions I had for him...it is on that link if you scroll down or hit ctrl+f and search "point," or something related):
Ryan Alberti said on May 21, 2008 3:41 pm
To answer these one at a time:
- “three-pointer”…not “3-pointer”
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*from posting half of an article (re-worded and forgot to delete everything)
I neglected to address football down references like "3rd-and-7." That's the way I was taught and wrote when covering high school football (not all too far from UMass, actually), but you're right in that B/R keeps it that way; I assumed it did not because it goes with "Game One" rather than "Game 1," and so forth.
I agree it's confusing, and I went through similar growing pains when I kept finding differences in B/R style and dealt with the difficulty in finding out about them all (or most of them), but it's a lot easier to just pay attention, remember, and go with it when something conflicts with your instincts.