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AP style for Diamondbacks?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by spikechiquet, Oct 7, 2011.

  1. spikechiquet

    spikechiquet Well-Known Member

    If we want to shorten it for a headline what is the proper way to do it?

  2. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member


    In the headline, they go with "D-backs," but they always use "Diamondbacks" in the story.
  3. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    Arizona Republic uses D-Backs, for what it's worth.
  4. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    That's our style
  5. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Spell it out. Gawd, I hate shortened names.

    Local broadsheet here can't make up their mind between Rocks and Rox. Drives. Me. Crazy.
  6. JPsT

    JPsT Member

    You hate shortened names in a headline?

    I'm sorry.
  7. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    I'd go with D'backs ... punctuation rules is punctuation rules.
  8. trifectarich

    trifectarich Well-Known Member

    No more calls; we have a winner.
  9. KYSportsWriter

    KYSportsWriter Well-Known Member

    I do too. But for a headline, it makes sense to shorten it.
  10. spikechiquet

    spikechiquet Well-Known Member

    Yeah, it was a space issue, Diamondbacks won't fit in a 1-col unless it's under 32 (I believe, been off since Friday, so can't check right this second). We went with D'backs since the " ' " replaces the letters, which is the correct way in any other word.
  11. BDC99

    BDC99 Well-Known Member

    Yup. Pretty simple, really. You use the apostrophe to replace the letters you've taken out to shorten it. We only use D'backs in our scorelines on box to avoid it breaking over, but we rarely have had to use Diamondabacks in a hed. Arizona works too, you know.
  12. sportsed

    sportsed Member

    None of the suggestions are wrong, per se. Certainly not when it comes to a matter of style. What's important is maintaining consistency for the readers' sake. But the most right answer is "D-backs," with a hyphen, because that's what's on the team's home jerseys.
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