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Our Style Guide's Revision History

In May 2021, our newsroom launched Dialogue, an initiative from Southern California Public Radio to create a participatory and inclusive style guide. (Here's why this is important and how we did it.) Updates to the style guide are led by our newsroom's top editors through a combination of research, discussions with reporting teams, and audience feedback.

January 17, 2022

The addiction entry is an entirely new addition to the guide and contains multiple areas of guidance. It was developed through research and conversations in the newsroom to be compassionate about the public health issue.

November 11, 2021

The update removes previous guidance on how to label photo alt text that was not in line with the WebAIM best practices also referenced.

November 9, 2021

Person-first Language
The update directs staff to always ask if sources in disabled communities want identity-first language used. It explicitly follows guidance from the National Center on Disability and Journalism (also updated in "Avoiding Ableism").

Criminal Justice Reporting
This section includes a new addition that advises against naming someone booked on suspicion of a crime unless it's absolutely necessary or they've been charged.

Traffic Collisions
This entry includes new guidance about not using hit/killed by a car. It was done to avoid the removal of the driver from a collision.

July 26, 2021

Criminal Justice Reporting
This section includes a new addition that advises against using suspect as a catch-all term to describe an unknown person who committed a crime. This was done to reduce ambiguity and counter assumed guilt when someone is arrested.

Including Race And Ethnicity
This section includes a new addition that advises using Black instead of African American under certain circumstances. This was done to better reflect the diverse range of experiences within the communities we serve.