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Writer's Handbook

Writer's Handbook

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Published by The Queen's Journal
A style guide for contributors and staff writers at the Queen's Journal.
A style guide for contributors and staff writers at the Queen's Journal.

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Published by: The Queen's Journal on Jun 26, 2013
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Writer’s Handbook
Volume 1412013-14
Compiled by Janina Enrile and Alison Shouldice,Editors in Chief, Volume 141, 2013-14With excerpts from the Journal Style Guide:Compiled by Matthew Trevisan and Brendan Kennedy,Editors in Chief, Volume 134, 2006-07Revised by Anna Mehler Paperny and Katherine LaidlawEditors in Chief, Volume 135, 2007-08Further revised by Andrew StokesCopy Editor, Volume 138 2010-11
 
Welcome to the
Journal 
Writer’s Handbook.
When a contributing writer is assigned a story, there can be a lot of confusion about how to writean article, how to properly format it for print and so on. While the Writer’s Handbook isn’t meantto replace the
Journal 
Style Guide as a solid foundation for 
Journal 
writers, it’s meant to providea distilled version of the Style Guide for new writers.There aren’t any tips on how to write an article here. You can find those words of advice fromyour section editors, fellow writers and the editors in chief. Here, however, you’ll find acomprehensive guide to the simple dos and don’ts of writing for the
Journal 
.In the following pages, you will find the following three sections:1.
Journal 
Style2. Punctuation and Grammar 3. MiscellaneousIf you have any questions or concerns, contact the editors at the following:Email: journal_editors@ams.queensu.caPhone: 613-533-2800Twitter: @queensjournalGood luck!
 
Journal Style
Random tips:Always italicize the
Journal 
. “The” is not included in this.If you’ve done an email interview with someone, this should be indicated after the firstquote (i.e. “Queen’s is the greatest university out there,” Principal Woolf told the
Journa
lvia email). On that note, avoid email interviews as much as possible - make sure tocheck with the section editor or editor in chief beforehand to make sure it’s okay.There’s no need to write a headline with your article. Section editors will write theheadline based on the layout space that’s available.We always use conjunctions. “It’s”, not “it is”, “she’s”, not “she is” etc.Always keep your interview notes and recordings, just in case.When submitting articles to the Journal, preface the article as follows:By [First name] [Last name][Position (Contributor, Staff Writer, etc.)] Attribution:Try to always use the word “said” after a quote. Other words may be more exciting, but “said” isthe most objective word we can use. Always put the name or pronoun before the word “said.”
Do this
: “I’m so excited for frosh week,” he said.
Not this
: “It’s too bad I’m not a FREC this year,” said he.The only exception to this rule is if the person’s title is extremely long, and writing it the aboveway looks awkward.For example: “The Sidewalk Sale always draws tons of people,” said Dana Jones, Frosh WeekCoordinator for the Arts and Science Undergraduate Society. Also, make you sure put attribution
after 
the quote, and not before.Year and faculty:These should be indicated for each Queen’s student who is interviewed. Each time you interviewa student, ask them to name their faculty (Arts and Science, Engineering, etc) and graduatingyear. This information is usually indicated in the article directly after the second mention of their name.For example:“I had a lot of fun,” Smith, ArtSci ‘14, said.

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