ReligionStylebook.com expands search term options
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Posted by: Rachel Friel
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 26, 2011
ReligionStylebook.com expands search term
The most comprehensive journalists’ style guide to religion
terms re-launched today with easier-to-use search options and expanded entries.
Now, journalists can search Religion Newswriters
Association’s free site, ReligionStylebook.com, by individual term, topic or
letter of the alphabet.
"Our ReligionStylebook.com updates make an already valuable
resource easier and more versatile,” said Debra L. Mason, executive director of
Religion Newswriters. The resource has
more than 650 entries.
The specialized stylebook addresses the most common
style-related concerns and covers major religions, denominations and religious
organizations journalists often encounter. The stylebook was created by
journalists—for journalists—with input from scholars and religious leaders for
The stylebook includes titles for religious leaders,
preferred spellings, recommended usages, selected pronunciation guides and
entries on terms used in current events. Most of the terms in the
ReligionStylebook do not appear in the popular Associated Press Stylebook.
In addition to new search options, the stylebook has added
more than 100 new terms and will be regularly updated.
Although translations from the original language have
created alternate spellings within some religious traditions, the new stylebook
strives to follow the guidelines recommended by other authorities in order to
promote accuracy and credibility in the journalism profession.
The original version of ReligionStylebook.com launched in
2006 and mimicked the print version of the Associated Press Stylebook, which
was searchable generally by letter of the alphabet.
Religion Newswriters Association is a professional trade
association for journalists writing about religion in the mainstream media and
founded in 1949.
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