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The ultimate style question

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by mustangj17, Nov 11, 2008.

  1. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    Someone in my shop just asked me this question and my brain overheated.

    What is the proper way to signify the title of something (ex: book or movie) if it was said as part of a quote, within another quote.

  2. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    " ' 'The Complete Guide to SportsJournalists.com' ' "


    I'd try italics.
  3. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

  4. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    That's what I told the guy. Still not sure what he's going with.
  5. txsportsscribe

    txsportsscribe Active Member

    make it an indirect quote?
  6. expendable

    expendable Well-Known Member

    Man, I want to see this quote after it goes in.
  7. Flash

    Flash Guest

    Works of art -- be they paintings, literature, or creations of Hollywood -- are italicized. Why is that difficult?
  8. Flash

    Flash Guest

    My bad ... I thought the CP Style Guide and the AP Style Guide were close on everything except the spelling of a few words.

    After a Google search, however, I've learned y'all put quote marks around works of art. So ... my apologies.

    But I like our way better.
  9. txsportsscribe

    txsportsscribe Active Member

    what's cp style?
  10. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Is that like CP time?
  11. reformedhack

    reformedhack Active Member

    Many U.S. newspapers do not use italics and instead use quote marks for works of art, publications, performances, etc. Some do.

    AP's policy on quotes for compositions, etc., stems to its long-time inability to transmit italics. Some newspaper front-end systems cannot receive italics, hence the use of quotes.

    Mostly, though, this style point is just a vestige of technology gone by.

    So while italics would be the simple answer, but it ain't the only one.
  12. MacDaddy

    MacDaddy Active Member

    "And then John McCain told me, 'I remember when Twain wrote "Huckleberry Finn." ' "
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