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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. (Read 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.

July 25, 2022


This section is new guidance that directs staff to avoid using authentic to describe a particular food or form of cultural expression.

May 19, 2022

Including/Describing Age

This section includes new guidance from the Associated Press on the use of the term teen vs. man/woman/adult.

May 16, 2022

Reproductive Care

This is a new section with guidance adopted from NPR. It covers terminology for abortion, procedures, stages of pregnancy and gender inclusivity in coverage.

World War II Incarceration

This section is a new entry that directs staff to use incarceration instead of internment to describe the confinment of people with Japanese ancestry during World War II.

April 11, 2022

Formatting For Deaf And Other Abilities

This section is a new entry, which primarily directs staff to capitalize deaf in certain uses to signify the culture and community.


The langauge in this section was corrected to add clarity on how to use offense and sex offender.

February 7, 2022

Indigenous Communities

This entry has additional guidance. It directs the newsroom to capitalize both Native and American and to avoid using Native for where someone grew up.

January 31, 2022

The names section is an entirely new entry in the guide. It was developed through research and conversations in our newsroom to ensure we're accurately using sources' first and last names. It contains multiple areas of guidance pertaining to diacritics and naming conventions.

Using Diverse
This section is a completely new entry written to match our newsroom's values to speak thoughtfully.

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.