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Today vs. the day of the week for that paper?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Daniel Shirley, Jul 14, 2010.

  1. What do you guys style-wise with the days of the week, today, etc?
    Throughout my nearly 20 years in the business, we've used "today" for that day's paper. Ex: today's games for the Friday games in Friday's paper.
    That's not AP style, but it's the way every paper I've worked at has done it.
    Now we're switching to just using the days of the week, so it would be Friday's games in Friday's paper. Just wondered what everyone else does.
    I'm not going to make a big issue over it or try to fight it (again, been in the business long enough to know when to pick my fights).

    On a side topic, I've noticed when we go north to visit my wife's family, a lot of the papers use tomorrow or yesterday. I had never seen that in the South.
  2. CR19

    CR19 Member

    You could go either way. Personally, I use the actual days of the week since I'm at a weekly. However, if you're writing for a daily, today and tomorrow would make sense.
  3. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    I think more papers are switching to the day of the week -- mainly to be less confusing online.
  4. Yeah, that's the reasoning, I think. But it's going to be confusing in the section when it's been done one way for so many years. Not worth a battle, but I told our news editor if he tries to make me us RBIs or say Heat, Tide is (it's ARE), we're going to have problems. haha.
  5. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Well, I like RBIs and think singular team names should be singular. So it would be a throwdown!
  6. Indeed. Haha. Guess that proves the point that it's not worth fighting about. If two people as intelligent as we are can disagree on it ...
  7. zebracoy

    zebracoy Guest

    Shirley, you must be joking.
  8. I never joke, and don't call me Shirley, Hahaha.
    But I think my point now is I was going to speak up about this but it's not even worth it. MUCH more important things to worry about, like teaching my son to throw a curveball.
  9. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    If your son in younger than 12, do not teach hm to throw a curveball. Teach him a change up. No strain on the elbow and Little League age kids can't come close to hitting it.
  10. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    These are really just issues of the paper's style. Reasonable people can disagree, but in the end you need to be consistent.

    And don't teach your kid a curveball before he's 12.
  11. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    Yeah, with copy going online, it's much more important to use the day of the week. It's easy to figure out which day's paper you're holding, but it can be quite a bit trickier to figure out which day a story was posted to a website. Usually, it's in tiny font somewhere, and it's never in the same place from site to site.

    Not to mention you might have a story that appears in Friday's paper but gets posted to the website at 11 on Thursday night.
  12. WolvEagle

    WolvEagle Active Member

    We've gone to the day of the week online, but still use yesterday, today and tomorrow in print. We print three days a week. For calendar listings (car shows, golf outings, etc.), we use dates only.

    I think, eventually, we'll use the day of the week in print, too. It's so damned confusing to go back and forth.
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