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When I hastily made my depart from BC TEL I left behind one of my most useful books. Finally I got around to ordering another one. Curiously, this one you CAN’T get from Amazon. Pity.



New edition of The Canadian Press Stylebook now available

The Canadian Press has just published the 11th edition of the best-selling CP Stylebook. The Canadian Press Stylebook is the most comprehensive Canadian manual for everyday writing and editing available. It is used in newsrooms and offices across Canada. It is an indispensable guide for journalists, editors, government and corporate communicators, public relations professionals, Web masters and speechwriters.

This is the book that will tell you whether the capital of Newfoundland is Saint John’s or St. John’s. Why Internet is capitalized but e-mail isn’t. Why Canadians write with colour and flavour, not color and flavor.

The CP Stylebook began life more than a half-century ago as a modest little manual for staff at Canada’s national news service. It is still the bible consulted by journalists at CP as they provide thousands of words of copy each day to newspapers, television stations and radio broadcasters. It is required reading at journalism schools.

This latest edition has been updated to reflect the needs of today’s writers, including:

Expanded guidelines on writing for and about the Internet. New chapters on writing headlines and news releases. Sensible guidelines on avoiding sexist and racist language. New legal rulings of relevance to writers. Current listings on countries and territories (including Nunavut). New advice on how to use access-to-information laws. Updated references on everything from the names of Canada’s courts to abbreviations for sports teams. An expanded section on business writing. More illustrations, including colour photos by award-winning journalists.

The 450-page Stylebook also continues to provide easy-to-find answers to hundreds of questions on the mechanics of writing. Do the quotation marks go before the period or after? When do you use a dash and when is it a hyphen? Is it 10 a.m. or 10 o’clock? It’s or its? Yonge Street or Yonge St.? Why is God capitalized but devil isn’t.

It also contains handy reference information of use to journalists: Who is sixth in line to the throne? What is libel? Is the title Rev. used by Buddhists?