Chang­ing up our style

Gatton Star - - NEWS | OPINION - Bryce Johns Ed­i­to­rial Direc­tor, News Corp (Re­gion­als)

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: news@gat­ton­star.com.au.

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