Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Arrrgh--Updated--Journalism: BuzzFeed Releases Internal Style Guide--Updated

I forgot the link. Well you can guess what the fancy style guide says about that.
Original post:
I don't care what it says, I'm spelling it 'Fanboi'.
From BuzzFeed:
The BuzzFeed Style Guide aims to provide a prevailing, and evolving, set of standards for the internet and social media

BuzzFeed publishes news and entertainment in the language of the web, and in our work we rely on a style guide to govern everything from hard-hitting journalism to fun quizzes. We value consistency and accuracy across those formats and categories. (For instance, knowing how to treat numbers is important, but so is correctly spelling “fangirl.”) Our perspective reflects that of the internet at large, which is why we hope other sites and organizations across the web will find these guidelines useful. This style guide will be updated regularly to ensure it remains relevant and responds accordingly to changes in language and common, casual usage.

BuzzFeed’s preferred dictionary is Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition ( In Webster’s, the first spelling of a word should generally be used (unless it appears in the word list below or is preferred by The Associated Press Stylebook). The preferred style manual is the AP Stylebook. Please consult Chicago Manual of Style for issues not covered by AP Stylebook as well as for more detailed information and discussion, where applicable. Any style point mentioned in this guide overrules those publications.

This style guide provides a reference to common words and terms used on BuzzFeed (see: Word List) and information on style issues particular to the site. It is not intended to be a comprehensive manual of grammar and style.

Word List

?! (never !?)
@replies, @mentions (on Twitter)
A-list, B-list (etc., when referring to an “A-list celeb”)
Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi
AC (for air-conditioning)
administration (lowercase “a” in political terms, e.g., “It has been something the administration has avoided” or “the Obama administration”)