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AP Style or NYT Style? Mr. on second reference is dumb

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by doodah, Jan 21, 2012.

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  1. doodah

    doodah Guest

    AP style says our profession is now two words. I don't like that. I prefer sportswriter as one word.
     
  2. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Re: In your opinion: Sportswriter, one word or two?

    Your opinion doesn't matter when it comes to facts, doo duh.
     
  3. 30

    30 Member

    Re: In your opinion: Sportswriter, one word or two?

    Gotta be two. Has been two for a long time wherever I've worked (since '80s). Business writer, features writer, sports writer. Or, could use the other argument: Sportseditor? No, sports editor. And sports columnist. Opinion writer, arts editor, photo editor, obit writer, politics writer, baseball writer, (whatever city) writer (assuming a reporter covers a city). Or, what if you need three words? College football writer, horse racing writer, White Sox writer, high school writer, preps writer, Notre Dame basketball beat writer.
    Sports writer.
     
  4. jr/shotglass

    jr/shotglass Well-Known Member

    Re: In your opinion: Sportswriter, one word or two?

    Like TSP said, if that's what AP has, your opinion doesn't matter. It's two words.
     
  5. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Re: In your opinion: Sportswriter, one word or two?

    And it isn't an opinion. It is a fact. Two words.
     
  6. jr/shotglass

    jr/shotglass Well-Known Member

    Re: In your opinion: Sportswriter, one word or two?

    Here's what's bothersome, doodah. And I'm giving you the benefit of the doubt that you don't know any better yet.

    Some of the things you think are open for debate are not.

    The use of profanity in newspapers? Not open for debate. You don't do it. Sports writer or sportswriter? Not open for debate. It's AP style. Written in stone.

    Deal with the things you can change. Accept what is.
     
  7. txsportsscribe

    txsportsscribe Active Member

    Re: In your opinion: Sportswriter, one word or two?

    our profession?
     
  8. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    Re: In your opinion: Sportswriter, one word or two?

    I don't know that people are being quite fair to this argument, and I recognize that it's because of the originator more than anything. I think there are plenty of aggrandizing, romanticizing sports writers who like to think it's one word. For instance:

    http://images.amuniversal.com/amu/FrankDeford.pdf

    But yeah, I wonder if Doodah will get published into Best American Sportswriting.
     
  9. jr/shotglass

    jr/shotglass Well-Known Member

    Re: In your opinion: Sportswriter, one word or two?

    His being Frank Deford doesn't make him right. :)
     
  10. doodah

    doodah Guest

    Re: In your opinion: Sportswriter, one word or two?

    That's my goal. One day. To get published into there. And the reason I posted that is because, despite what the AP says, you see it written as one word in A LOT of places. Especially job openings. On this site, no less.
     
  11. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    Re: In your opinion: Sportswriter, one word or two?

    You also see typos in job postings. And broken links. And stupid shit.

    Doesn't make it right.
     
  12. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    Re: In your opinion: Sportswriter, one word or two?

    They write the articles. We right the articles.
     
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