HS Insider Style Guide


The HS Insider style guide aims to guide new writers in the right direction. HS Insider mainly adheres to AP Style (Associated Press, see links throughout this doc), but we hope our style guide can answer questions specific to high school reporting and serve as a “cheat sheet” to help you mold your writing style to be concise and clean-cut while still remaining invigorating.

Feel free to leave questions and suggestions as comments directly on this document.

What does an ideal HS Insider story look like?

  1. LEADS/LEDES: (21-28 words, 1-2 sentences)

  1. STORY FORMATTING: top heavy stories

  1. SOURCES & QUOTE FORMATTING:
  1. PHOTOS:

  1. DIFFERENTIATING CATEGORIES: What is a...

More football with AP Style:

AP style specifics:

More AP Style Resources

Purdue Owl Online Writing Lab

AP Style Guide Cheat Sheet

WJEA AP Style Guide Cheat Sheet

Diversity Style Guide