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Publication Style Guidelines

All staff members of EHS-hub use AP Style for written work. Here are some of the basic rules for AP Style.

Abbreviations and Acronyms

When referring to Eureka High School, use EHS.

Adult sources should have a courtesy title by their name, such as Dr., Mr., Mrs. and Miss. The first adult mention should have their full name and attribution with the courtesy title in front of it, for example: “Mrs. Jane Doe, head principal, said.” All of the mentions following should have the courtesy title and the last name, for example: “Mrs. Doe said.”

Dates

Avoid using st, nd, rd and th after numbers that refer to a date.

January, February, August, September, October, November and December should be abbreviated when used with a date to show: Jan., Feb., Aug., Sept., Oct., Nov. and Dec. When these months are used by themselves, they should be spelled out.

If an event occurs less than a week before or after a story runs, refer to the date using the day of the week it was on. The day should not be abbreviated, but it should be capitalized. If an event occurs more than one week before or after a story runs, use the month and day number.

Numerals

Do not begin a sentence with a figure, unless the sentence starts with a year. It’s best to avoid that, though.

You can use st, nd, rd and th with ordinal numbers such as: “Fourth of July” and “The 86th Annual Spring Fling.” first through ninth should be spelled out, while 10th and any number after that should use figures. However, when referring geographical or political subjects, the first through ninth rule is thrown out. Use “2nd district.”

Cardinal numbers go by similar rules. One through nine are spelled out and 10 and above are not.

Money should be referred to with figures. For example, use $100 and $5000. Amounts of one million or more or the word cents should spell out the unit. For example, use $45 million, $3 trillion and 34 cents.

Punctuation

Quotes, if possible, should be split so that you can bury the attribution in the middle. The first part of the quote should end with a comma and the second should end with a period. For example: “My dog stole my neighbor’s tennis ball,” Mrs. Gloria Williams, resident, said. “I had to go bring it back to her, but she was very understanding, as she has a dog of her own.”

When naming multiple subjects in a sentence with commas, leave off a comma after the final subject. A sentence should look like this: “Her children were named Cosmo, Wanda, SpongeBob and Patrick.”

Times

Spell out noon and midnight. Otherwise, indicate if a time is a.m. or p.m.

When referring to the top of an hour, do not use :00. However, for any other time, use the minutes. For example: “The main act, Bob Smith, will be on stage with his band from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.”

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Publication Style Guidelines