But use periods in most two-letter abbreviations: U. AFTER A NAME: Abbreviate company, corporation, incorporated and limited when used after the name of a corporate entity. state names and datelines MONTHS: Do not use full stops or periods when abbreviating the names of months in datelines. only when the need to identify many individuals by degree on first reference would make the preferred form cumbersome.
See Style Guide entries under these words and company names. C., a.m., p.m., No., and abbreviate certain months when used with the day of the month. STATES: The names of certain states and the United States are abbreviated with periods in some circumstances. The style is Jan, Feb, March, April, May, June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec. Presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of America. (Both Academy Awards and Oscars are trademarks.) While “Best Director” (etc.) is not the official name of the award, follow common usage and capitalise.
This handbook is not intended as a collection of “rules.” Beyond the obvious, such as the cardinal sin of plagiarism, the dishonesty of fabrication or the immorality of bribe-taking, journalism is a profession that has to be governed by ethical guiding principles rather than by rigid rules.
There’s very little you couldn’t do journalism-wise within these rules. Sporting events are trouble, but issues like broadcast rights were going to stop that for major sports anyway.
Sure, you couldn’t have robotic reporters automatically flying to car accidents or house fires without anyone at the controls. But beyond the sci-fi, most of what we’ve envisioned is doable. So long as you’ve got ATC clearance, it’s possible. The vast majority of envisioned news purposes are all possible within this framework.
The latter constrain, and restrict our ability to operate.
What follows is an attempt to map out those principles, as guidance to taking decisions and adopting behaviours that are in the best interests of Reuters, our shareholders, our customers, our contacts, our readers and our profession.
The handbook, now in its second online edition and fully revised, is the work of no one individual.