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The Style Book of the Detroit News

For helpful suggestions the editor is beholden to the style books of the United States Government Printing Office, the Universities of Missouri, Iowa and Montana, the Indianapolis News, the Chicago Herald, and the New York Evening Post; to "Newspaper Writing and Editing," by Willard G. Bleyer; "Newspaper Editing," by Grant M. Hyde; "The Writing of News," by Charles G. Ross; and to the New York Tribune for permission to make applicable to Michigan its digest of the libel laws of New York.

The inscriptions on the building of The News, reprinted in this book in boxes, were written by Prof. Fred N. Scott, of the University of Michigan.


Fort Street, Second Avenue and Lafayette Boulevard ]

Founded by James Edmund Scripps August 23, 1873

Absorbed the subscription lists of the Detroit Daily Union July 27, 1876

Established a Sunday edition Nov. 30, 1884

Sunday News and Sunday Tribune combined as Sunday News Tribune October 15, 1893

Daily Tribune merged with The News and discontinued February 1, 1915

Ground broken for present building November, 1915

Sunday News Tribune became The Sunday News October 14, 1917

The News entered new building October 15, 1917

The STYLE BOOK OF The Detroit News

Edited by


Published and Copyrighted 1918 by

The Evening News Association Detroit

This edition consists of 1,000 copies, of which this is No. 625


The Aim of The Detroit News 1

Instructions to Reporters 4

Instructions to Copy Readers 6

Preparing Copy 7

Leads 7

Heads 8

Diction 14

A. P. Style 15

Capitalization 17

Punctuation 22

Quotations 23

Nouns 24

Pronouns 27

Conjunctions 28

Verbs 29

Adverbs 33

Adjectives 34

Prepositions 37

Articles 38

Numbers 38

Roman Numerals 39

Weights and Measures 40

Abbreviation 42

Names and Titles 45

Jew and Hebrew 46

Church Titles 48

Compounds 48

Superfluous Words 49

Vital Statistics 50

Spelling 51

Popular Names of Railroads 52

Do and Don't 54

The Cannery 57

Michigan Institutions 59

Army and Navy Organization 60

Dates Often Called For 62

The Law of Libel 64

First Three Years of the War 72

Index 77


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