Former editor turns into style guru

Newspapers that want their own readymade style book are being targeted by a new service developed by a former editor.

They can buy nearly 100 pages of style book content that can be amended as necessary to match their own policies.

The
content is a Word document that can be edited before being turned into
a reference book or online facility for the newspaper’s staff.

It includes chapters on policy, practice, reporting minorities and grammar and an A to Z section containing 1,250 word choices.

The
service, called Keep in Step, has been written by Geoff Elliott, former
editor of the Kent Messenger, Coventry Evening Telegraph and The News,
Portsmouth, and former head of journalism at the University of Central
Lancashire.

“More newspapers than you might think don’t have
style books or have books that they themselves regard asinadequate,”
said Elliott.

He has also written a booklet called Reporting
Diversity offering advice to editors and journalists on reporting about
minority groups.

This will be published shortly by the Society of Editors and the Media Trust. It has been funded by the Home Office.

● Keep in Step is available through the Editorial Centre at Hastings. Contact 01424 435991 or enquiries@editorial-centre.co.uk

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