Junk food, foie gras or real meat?

By Andy Butcher Having started out in journalism in the days of big old desktop typewriters with sticky keys and triple carbon copies, I’m appreciative of the new tools that make the job easier. I’m just not so sure about some of the new titles. True, in an age of multi-media skills, some of the […]

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How Much Can I Quote? A Guideline for Writers and Editors

By Jeanette Gardner Littleton How much of a source can a writer quote in an article without getting permission from the publisher? The Fair Usage portion of the U.S. copyright law is unclear. Most publishers consider the limit 300 to 500 words. However, there are a couple of caveats. One consideration is the length of […]

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The Right(s) Stuff: Working with Freelancers/Independent Contractors

Almost all publishing organizations work with outside contributors to produce content. Freelance writers, photographers and others comprise an important part of the publishing ecosystem, especially as some organizations retain fewer employees. Working with independent contractors can add a variety of material and perspective to publications but it also raises a number of rights issues. As […]

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AP Style Rules at a Glance

Periods: They’re often omitted when abbreviating the name of an organization or iconic figure: CIA, FBI, VCU, JFK. Use periods to abbreviate certain titles (Gov., Dr., Sen., Rep., Mr., Ms.); Jr. or Sr. after a name; Co., Corp., Inc.; months in exact dates; St., Ave. or Blvd. in exact addresses; a state name after a […]

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Ask the Director: How do I quote poetic Scripture?

Dear Director: I’m writing an article that includes extensive short quotations of Bible verses. When quoting the NKJV or the NIV or another version that prints poetic passages in broken lines, must we follow the same line-by-line presentation when quoting them, or is it permissible to string them out in straight paragraph text? And if […]

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Ask the Director: How much can I quote without permission?

“Ask Doug” is an advice column by EPA Executive Director Doug Trouten, based on questions he encounters during the course of his duties.

Dear Doug:

How much of an original work can one quote without permission? I think there is a percentage factor involved, but not sure what it is. I’d like to quote most or all of the lyrics to a song in an article to introduce an article about the difference a donation can make for the people who are helped by our ministry, but I wonder if I need to limit myself to a few lines or get permission.

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Ask the Director: What’s an ‘HH’ profile?

“Ask Doug” is an advice column by EPA Executive Director Doug Trouten, based on questions he encounters during the course of his duties.

Dear Doug:

An advertising agency has asked me to send an “HH profile” for my publication. What’s an “HH profile”? Heavenly humor? Holy habits? Hubert Humphrey? Should I be embarrassed for not knowing this?

 

Heavily Humbled

 

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Ask the Director: Do I capitalize pronouns that refer to God?

“Ask Doug” is an advice column by EPA Executive Director Doug Trouten, based on questions he encounters during the course of his duties.

Dear Doug:

Has there been a move away from capitalizing His and He when referring to God in journalism?  And if so, what is the rationale for it?  I’ve heard the Chicago Manual and the AP Style Guide referenced, but who or what is driving the shift? Being a boomer, I grew up with all pronouns capped.  I’ll give you the French pray with the familiar form “tu” instead of “vous” – the more formal address.  But I’m concerned about America’s seeming shift from God’s authority and sovereignty to  “just another god” reference.

Pronoun Ponderer

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Ask the Director: Do I need a photo release?

“Ask Doug” is an advice column by EPA Executive Director Doug Trouten, based on questions he encounters during the course of his duties.

 

Dear Doug:

 

When including a photo (taken by us) in an article we publish are we required to get a release to use the photo, or any special issues we should be aware of?

  

–Please Release Me

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Ask the Director: Should I build an iPad app?

“Ask Doug” is an advice column written by EPA Executive Diretor Doug Trouten, using questions he encounters during the course of his duties.

Dear Doug:

I’m wondering if I should jump on the bandwagon and pay somebody big bucks to write an iPad app for my publication. What do you think?

–Apple Envy

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