Changing up our style
WE LIKE to think we have style here at the Gatton, Lockyer and Brisbane Valley Star.
But from today, the grammar fanatics among you will notice a different style.
Style, in media terms, is used to describe the choices a newspaper (or website) makes on its use of language.
Should we use honorifics? Do we italicise the Gatton, Lockyer and Brisbane Valley Star? Do adrenalin(e) and ag(e)ing take an e or not?
Both are acceptable, so newspaper editors need to make a choice.
It’s topic on which we get a fair amount of feedback.
In the past couple of weeks alone, one reader queried how we could justify using kmh for kilometres per hour, when other media, and the writer himself, always had it km/h.
A number of our older readers regularly complain they were taught ageing had an e.
Yet we always spelt it aging.
For those readers at least, a change for good is coming. Ageing it is; km/h it will be... from today.
This masthead was bought by News Corporation earlier in the year.
We are now part of a group of regional papers spanning from Darwin in the Northern Territory to Grafton in NSW.
We need to be consistent for readers, and tidy up some common bugbears.
Hence from today it will be a tennis racquet (not racket) and no longer will readers see four-letter swear words spelt out in full. “Thank f---” we can hear some say (that’s the new style, by the way, f---).
Not every style change will be noticed, or admired.
We continue to be interested in your feedback on our grammar and accuracy.
Feel free at any stage to ask questions about language – and point out where we get it wrong.
Feedback makes us better. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.