Monday, November 5, 2012

Identify everyone by first and last names

Friends, if you want to make my job easier when copy-editing articles and columns: please, please, please identify all people by first and last names on first reference.

Your press release or column may end up unusable for something as simple as omitting a full name.

I don't expect you to correctly use every nuance of AP Style, but I do expect you to provide this journalism basic. I stress this because I know that submitters' writing is important to them.

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