Although it is encouraged to use your own writing style, and develop you own voice as a writer for The Daily Spectacle, there are some rules to obey for the purpose of consistency and professionalism.
We ask all writers to please adhere to the following:
Code of Conduct
Political Bias – The Daily Spectacle wants to host all opinions, from whatever side of politics. However we will not tolerate smear campaigns as often published in the tabloid newspapers – we are better than that. Opinions? Yes – but no twisting of the truth, unproven rumours, making up facts or unfairly attacking an individual.
Discrimination – The Daily Spectacle has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to racism, sexism or any other form of discrimination.
Profanities – Avoid profanities, there is always a better way of expressing what you want to say.
Sources – Attribute sources if you quote them. This doesn\’t need to be in the academic form of a footnote – A simply \”as reported in…\” will suffice.
Responsibility – Although articles will be run past an editor, it is essential that the facts you are writing about are correct and up to date, and that spelling and grammar is perfect. Remember, your name goes on the article, not the editors.
Any kind of plagiarism is unequivocally against The Daily Spectacle policy. Not only is it immoral, lazy and cheap, but it is also illegal.
- All phrases and words are to use the correct British-English spelling, not the American alternatives
- Always leave only one paragraph break between paragraphs.
- For numbers, use the written word as opposed to the numeral where possible, and always when discussing numbers lower than twenty. Eg “There were four people stood in the corridor”.
- If writing about a decade do not include an apostrophe, it isn’t possessive and it isn’t pluralised by the apostrophe (the s does that). Eg 1980s NOT 1980’s.
- n articles or reviews refer to film, games, album, book and show titles etc in italics. Eg. \”In Andrew Lloyd Webber\’s The Phantom of the Opera\”
- If separating two clauses in a headline ALWAYS use a dash, not a Colon. Eg “Chocolate – Good or Bad?” not “Chocolate: Good or Bad?”.
- Please correctly use \”within\”. Within specifically describes something which is PHYSICALLY inside something. If it is not physically inside something, the word \”in\” should be used.
- If the word is a plural then do not use an apostrophe (for example kittens or apostrophes).
- Even though we might pronounce “could’ve” (a contraction of “could have”) as “could of” this is incorrect. Always use could have / should have / would have.
- It’s is a contraction of two words: it is or it has. Its is possessive, like hers, his, and whose.
- Affect is a verb, for example “Sometimes, the weather affects my mood.” Effect is a noun, for example “The effect of weather on ice cream sales is well documented.”
If anyone confuses your/you\’re, their/there/they\’re or to/too/two, I will find them, and I will kill them! You have been warned!
A grammar guide may be added at a later date for good measure.