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Student-athlete and student-athletes for stylebook purposes

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Claws for Concern, Jun 1, 2007.

  1. Claws for Concern

    Claws for Concern Active Member

    Student-athlete as in The student-athlete has played for three seasons.

    Student-athletes as in The conference's top honor goes to three student-athletes.

    Is the hyphen needed in both examples?
  2. imjustagirl2

    imjustagirl2 New Member

    Well, if it's a conference honor, I think the athlete is assumed. And if he/she has played for three seasons, it's assumed.

    I just don't like the term student-athlete. Call them players, or by their positions, or hell, by their last name.
  3. chazp

    chazp Active Member

    What she said. Well put.
  4. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    The term "student-athlete" is superfluous, unless the story specifically deals with the status of individuals as both students AND athletes.

    If it's a story about Bigstate U. beating the University of Lahdeedah for the conference title, I don't give a shit that Bigstate's point guard has a 3.2 GPA in "general studies." I just care if he scored 22 points and hit a jumper at the buzzer.
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