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SCS.COM WRITERS' DESK

Here's a run-down on just various "need-to-know" type of things for all SCS.com staff. I'll update this page every now and again when various things come up, but hopefully it will kind of be a reference page for you if you have questions. I also hope it will provide a way to keep the writing styles consistent throughout the site. Don't hesitate to contact me if you've got questions about things below or anything else.

CURRENT WEEKLY DEADLINES (JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2006)

WRITER DEADLINE DAY PUBLISH DAY
Ben Wednesday
12:00 PM
Wednesday
PM
Cortney Thursday
12:00 PM
Thursday
PM
Ed Thursday
8:00 AM
Thursday
PM
Jeff Monday
10:00 PM
Tuesday
AM
All times are central.
Articles should be e-mailed to jonathan@southerncollegesports.com. In the event that that e-mail address is down (it's happened a time or two before), articles can be sent to statedawg@earthlink.net.

IN YOUR WRITING

Below is a list of various things that tend to be done differently by every person that writes. In an effort to keep consistency throughout the site, I've come up with this list of "guidelines" to keep in mind as you write. Please understand I'm not trying to be your English teacher or anything else. This is just done in an effort to keep things consistent and easy to read for everyone.

(1) Regarding numbers... Spell out any number ten and below, unless it just doesn't make sense that way. For instance, take these two examples: (a) "The Bulldogs have won six straight games," and (b) "The Bulldogs are now 6-0." Both (a) and (b) as written are correct, even though the first spells out the number six and the second actually types the number "6." It would not make sense to write "six and oh" in the second example. Feel free to type the actual number, rather than its spelling, for any digit greater than ten.

(2) Spell it out... Don't be what I would consider a "lazy writer." Spell out words like "State" instead of typing "St." It takes about one second longer but looks much more professional. Other examples include typing "N." for "North," "S." for "South," and other similar abbreviations.

(3) Change it up... When referring to a team over and over again with an article, find different ways to refer to that team. Look at the two examples below:

(a) Florida won on the road at South Carolina Wednesday night, and the Gators are now 6-0. Florida's non-conference schedule prepared the Gators for tough SEC games, and now Florida has earned a top five national ranking, the first for the Gators in three years. Look for Florida to make a run at the BCS again this fall.
(b) Florida won on the road at South Carolina Wednesday night, and the Gators are now 6-0. UF's non-conference schedule prepared the team for tough SEC games, and now Urban Meyer's squad has earned a top five national ranking, the first for the school in three years. Look for the Gators to make a run at the BCS again this fall.

In the first example, the word "Florida" was used four times and the word "Gators" three times in a matter of three sentences. That makes for very boring, redundant, and unprofessional writing. In the second example, other words or phrases like "UF," "Urban Meyer's squad," and "the school" were used to replace the redudant words and make the reading flow better.

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