The Press: Style, Newspaper Version

In a sense, every newspaperman is bilingual. He speaks one language and often writes a quite different one. The dialect he writes is dictated by his paper's "style-book." As papers, like people, are crusty with peculiarities, the regional variations of this newspaper lingo have to be learned by the men who write it. Except on chains, no two papers' rules are ever quite the same.

Last week students at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism got a look at a new stylebook that attempted to standardize U.S. newspaper usage. A valiant effort to combine common usage with common sense, it would soon...

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