Memo: National Post drops honorifics in house style
“Effective immediately (Wednesday’s paper) we are doing away with honorifics in all print pages of the Post.”
Effective immediately (Wednesday’s paper) we are doing away with honorifics in all print pages of the Post.
We have long been internally inconsistent with honorifics use — none in sports or A&L, and obviously none online. This has long made for complications within our organization — having to strip out honorifics for web or add them in for print, etc.
It is becoming increasingly difficult in wire copy, with time spent searching the web for gender clues on the people featured in stories.
And now that we are making more content decisions for the chain in national and world content, it means we are frequently editing stories in two different styles.
And with apologies to Martin Newland, the media world has only moved further away from Mr./Mrs./Ms. in the intervening years since the Post launched.
Combined with the end of honorifics, we are fully embracing CP style in another measure to streamline editing work and bring us in line with the rest of Postmedia.
Emil has copies of the style guide and caps & spelling for shared use that he’ll start distributing tomorrow.
But in highlights, that means changing to such things as: