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The Global Press Style Guide

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dateline

This is a deviation from AP Style.

Rule:

A Global Press Journal dateline reflects the place of a story’s primary news value and indicates that the reporter was physically present there to gather information. Datelines must include a community name and a country name. References to general land areas, such as lakes or deserts, are not acceptable in datelines. Datelines may include state or province names when reader clarity would benefit.

Use all capital letters and an em dash to introduce a story.

When reporting from a contested area, use the most accurate descriptor, to ensure that readers understand whether people in that area are governed by a sovereign entity.

Rationale:

Readers have a right to transparent information about the location where reporting was conducted.

dates

Rule:

Use the Gregorian calendar as a default for dates. When a precise date can only be expressed by using a non-Gregorian calendar, use that reference and provide an estimated conversion.

Rationale:

The Gregorian calendar is widely used, but when specificity is required, a non-Gregorian calendar can be more precise.

developing world/emerging economy/Global South

This is a deviation from AP Style.

Rule:

Do not use the terms developing world, emerging economy or Global South to describe any country or region. Instead, include economic data relevant to a story’s news value.

Rationale:

The terms are geographically imprecise, do not have widely-accepted definitions and are generally used as sanitized synonyms for poverty. Using generalized terms to imply poverty across large land areas and countries that have little else in common reflects bias and defines complex communities by foreign standards of wealth.

Example:

Nepal, a landlocked country wedged between India to its south and China to its north, has a gross domestic product of just $21.1 billion, making it a bit player in the global economy compared to its powerhouse neighbors.

disabilities

This is a deviation from AP Style.

Rule:

Do not describe a source as the subject of a disease or disorder, but rather as a person with a disease or disorder.

Do not use imprecise terms, including disabled person or the disabled, unless part of a formal name or preferred by a source. Do not use differently abled or handi-capable, and do not refer to people without a disability as normal or able-bodied.

In countries where medical experts are scarce, physical or cognitive disability might be assumed by local people to be connected to religion or the spiritual realm. Do not repeat unproven beliefs in a way that misleads readers.

Rationale:

Precise medical diagnoses and descriptions are always required to ensure dignity and accuracy.

Dominican Republic

Rule:

For stories published in English, use Dominican Republic, or DR on second reference. Do not use “the” to precede the name of the country except in quotes. For stories published in Spanish, use “la RD” because of the grammar requirements of the language.

Rationale:

Precise references serve reader clarity.