Preston students do it with style

Journalism students at Preston have all been issued with a new style book as if they were reporters working in a newsroom.

The 80-page book is based on one written by Geoff Elliott, the head of journalism at the University of Central Lancashire, for journalists at The News, Portsmouth, when he was editor there.

It includes 30 pages on good practice, ranging from gender and sex to handling pictures and writing headlines; 10 pages on the most frequent grammatical howlers; and 35 pages on word preferences and spelling.

Copies of the book have been distributed to 750 journalism and public relations students in the department, which intends to post its content online.

Elliott said: "All editors know how big a problem it is to get young staff who can spell and write properly.

"Our courses are about producing professionals who can hit the ground running. This book will help."

Times Style and Usage Guide, Notebook

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