The Global Press Style Guide

The Global Press Style Guide is a living document that establishes rules for referring to the people and places around the world where Global Press Journal reporters work. Each entry is crafted to promote dignity and precision in international journalism.



Do not use Animism as a catchall word to describe paganism or other religions or spiritual frameworks that exist outside of major world religions. Do not equate Animism to paganism, Voodoo or other belief systems. Animism should be capitalized, because it is a specific religious system.


Animism is a set of beliefs that attribute spirituality or a soul to plants, animals, geographic features and other nonhuman objects or entities.