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Style Guide

We're always looking for contributions for news pieces to our website.  Please note the following guidelines when writing.

GENERAL GUIDELINES

  • Article Length should be:
    • 200 words for a news article
    • 400-600 words for a feature
  • Use simple language and use short sentences. One sentence paragraph are acceptable.
  • One idea per sentence. Do not use complex run on sentences. 
  • Cover who, what, where, when, why as efficiently as you can.

FORMATTING

  • Bold the first paragraph and make sure it teases the reader into clicking to read more
  • Insert a "Read More" break after the first paragraph. This feature is used to provide the snippets on the front news pages and is also the content used to put together the DEFGLIS Newsletter.
  • Quotes. Introduce someone before quoting them. Quotes add colour to an article and create intereset. After first quoting someone, refer to them by last name only. For block quotes use the style:

    Air Commodore So So, leader of the free world said that things were quite interesting.

    "Blah Blah Blah," said So.

    "Continuing Blah Blah Blah.

  • Picture. Insert a picture using the Image button above the first line of text.
    • Top image should be cropped to 800x400 pixels and saved for web as a jpg file
    • Upload your image to the current year folder eg 2014
    • Once your image has been uploaded, select it and click "Insert".
    • Right click on the image and and click "Insert/Edit Image".
    • Leave alignment and borders as default.
  • Captions and Credits. All picture credits and captions go at the end of the article. Credit the photographer first, then add captions underneath the Photo Credit.

DON'T

  • Avoid military jargon and acronyms. Spell everything out including rank.
  • Don't repeat yourself. Say it once well.
  • Don't thank anyone or say that something was amazing. Explain why it is amazing
  • Do not use overstate your key message. If something is worthy of recognition, convince the reader - don't just say it is amazing. 
  • Do not use any formatting.  Use the built in styles listed in the "Format" dropdown box to create Headers.
  • Do not repeat the title in the text

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