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Style Sheet and Tools guide

Hi writers, this is the style sheet that I would like you to follow.  I will be updating this as we go along so check in every now and then.  This way the website has a similar format and style.  Remember to watch the video on the Join Our Team page

Numbers: One through ten, spell out.  Example, third-round NFL draft pick.

Do not combine words: Can’t use can not, haven’t use have not.  Combining words may sound right but it is not used it proper journalism.

Names:  First time using always use full name, after always use last name.  Same goes for team names.

Example of right usage:  The Baltimore Orioles signed Adam Jones to an eight-year $85 million dollar contract, according to Brian Hradsky.  Jones loves playing for the Orioles and he did not want to leave Baltimore.

Example of wrong usage: The O’s signed Adam Jones to an eight-year $85 million dollar contract, according to Brian Hradsky.  He loves playing for the Orioles and he did not want to leave Baltimore.

Paragraphs:  Use smaller paragraphs while blogging.  Most should not be longer than three sentences, when the subject changes or the player you are talking about changes make a new paragraph.

Using tweets: When referring to a tweet it is easy to just embed it in your post.  To do so go to the tweet and grab the embed code, copy and paste it into the text.

Using Press Releases:  When using a press release put it in block quotes.  To do so either go to the visual view and Highlight the text and hit the ” button or use the HTML code in the Text view.

Using Photo’s: Prefer using photo’s from Wiki Commons, upload the photo or use one from the library.  Align left and make them so that they fit within the first two or three paragraphs.

More tag: Always use the more tag, unless all you are posting is a video.  After one to three paragraphs, that way the home page looks clean.

SEO: This is very important, it is the search engine optimization tool.  The keywords are the most important to fill out, it helps Google find your article.

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