Christian Digital Media Style Guide

(companion to the AP Stylebook)

..because characters is everything.

*For tone and content/delivery style, see the guide on Elijah Style Style & Journalism Ethics

Abbreviations — In digital content, periods in abbreviations should be optional, including Tweets, social media status, SMS (text messages), and online chat, but not titles. If the abbreviation is widely known the period takes unnecessary space. If the abbreviation is not known spell the entire word. etc, eg, viz, v, vs, ie.. are “known abbreviations”. Mr., Mrs., Sr., Jr., Dr., Rev., and other titles that precede a name abbreviations should receive periods so the reader is not distracted. Titles that follow a name, Ph.D. should only be used in an author line and not in article content unless it is the first mention and at the end of a sentence (to consolidate the period use). Within article content write “Dr. Lamvermeyer” in an author or quote citation or at the end of a sentence in article content “Famous things happen unexpectedly.”

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Writing Tools

The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law 2009″ ISBN 9780465012626

The Associated Press Guide to News Writing” ISBN 9780768919790

Why Do I Need to Understand Fair Use? About “fair use” and copyright law

Photos of Trademarked and Copyrighted Works About selling photos vs —!? What’s the difference? Good stuff.

12 Letters That Didn’t Make the Alphabet for language junkies

You may want to know these input shortcuts: (use NUMERIC keypad!! laptops can work with the Fn key)

Alt+0151 = — (long dash)

Alt+0150 = – (short dash)

Alt+0176 = ° (degree)

Alt+0186 = º (bigger degree)

Alt+0241 = ñ

Alt+137 = ë

Alt+0153 = ™

Alt+8480 = ℠

Alt+0174 = ®

Alt+0169 = ©

Alt+266D = ♭

Alt+266E = ♮

Alt+ 266F = ♯

Alt+ 13 =  ♪

Alt+ 14  = ♫

Alt+ 20 = ¶

〇 (Asian character for ZERO)
Hex Entity: 〇 (〇)
Decimal Entity: 〇 (〇)

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Elijah Style & Journalism Ethics

“Whatever you speak to in a person is what comes out. If you speak to the sin-nature it will bop you on the head. If you speak to the Jesus in someone they will grow.” — Graham Cooke (paraphrase)

1. Know your message, make it clear, make it exact.

Don’t say any more. Don’t get distracted. Stake your claim and defend it. Don’t disagree with an idea unless you quote it. When you disagree with an idea, don’t say why it is wrong, say why your message is still correct. Don’t say “that” you are correct, just say why. Don’t use “yes/no/yes/no/yes/no” argument circles. Advance your message. This is tenable, understandable to the audience, and persuasive.

2. Never address or confront “brokenness” or “emotional wounds.”

Ignore them like a stray cat and speak to things that bring healing only as they relate to your message. If you must diagnose, diagnose broken ideas, not broken people.

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