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The Global Press Style Guide

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pro-life/pro-choice

pronouns

This is a deviation from AP Style.

Rule:

When relevant, refer to a person’s gender identity instead of that person’s pronoun.

When use of a nonstandard pronoun is necessary, verify the source’s use of that pronoun, ensuring that the source has earnestly selected it as a form of self-reference. Use context or a source’s last name on second reference, when necessary for reader clarity.

Rationale:

Readers must clearly understand a source’s identity, when that identity is relevant to a story’s news value. Sources have a right to present themselves in ways that they feel are the most accurate and dignified.

prostitute

pseudonym

Rule:

Do not use pseudonyms for anonymous sources. Instead, use a descriptive reference, a source’s confirmed nickname or initials.

Rationale:

It is imprudent to insert any fictional element into a news story. Use of a pseudonym does not advance reader clarity.

Pygmy

Rule:

Use this word only when relevant to a story’s news value and after confirming with a local source that it is an appropriate reference. Do not assume that people, especially those who live in forests in the central African region and who are short in stature, are Pygmies.

Rationale:

Accurate use of this term ensures source dignity and reader clarity.