posted on Oct, 11 2017 @ 10:18 PM
a reply to: enlightenedservant
In the press there are a couple of accepted stylebooks that establish standards for referring to different things like "shooters" - I think there may
be two or three major ones: NYT Style, Chicago Style, AP Style - generally, most major media outlets pick one of them and follow the guidelines found
Where I work, we use the AP Style Guide. Style guides on top of the plain old dictionary create a standardized system of language that all the writers
follow so that your in-house content looks like it was produced/written as much as possible by just one author. It avoids things like FBI in one story
and Federal Bureau of Investigation in another and mixed references in a third for example.
The AP Style Guides and others like it are where we get changes like calling a suspect a shooter or not referring to a suspect's ethnicity in a story
across all media platforms. It's where illegal immigrant became undocumented worker, for example.
Those decisions trickle down through all kinds of layers into all kinds of places. I don't even work for a newsroom, but simply an electronic
publishing company, but we follow AP Style, so those decisions affect how I must conduct myself and what language I use at work when on the clock and