Editorial Guidelines

Basic Guidelines

  • See style sheet below for common format and style questions.
  • Please send all stories as a .doc attachment to
  • Length is ideally about 1,000 words; max should be 1,500 words.
  • Every article should have the following:

Story Title – can have ‘head’ and ‘subhead’

Byline (your name) and your bio if it needs adding/updating on the site username: If you want the story to show up in ‘My Articles’ of your account profile.

Blurb: This is the paragraph description of the story used in the teasers on our site and in searches, so it should be a sentence that sums up the piece.

Body of the story that follows style sheet guidelines. Note: Interviews should be done as either a Q&A (e.g. A
Fabled Life
) or as an edited profile with direct quotes interspersed (e.g. Documenting the Filmmaker). Style Sheet

Here are some guidelines that all articles on must follow for publication. Also, use for spelling, dictionary and thesaurus or Elements of Style or other Bartleby books for grammar help.



Dates & Times

Internet Terms

Interviews References



Titles – in Italics


Abbreviations are fine, but the full spelling should be included in first-time reference. For example:

The Independent Feature Project (IFP) is an organization for filmmakers
across the country. The main goal of the IFP is to help filmmakers promote
their works.


Use double dashes not long dashes:

Several films screened — although no filmmakers attended.


If writing a single date:

August 24

If writing a set of dates:

August 24–30, 2001

If writing a decade date that is not in this century:


If writing a decade date that is in this century (probably won’t be all that applicable just yet):


When writing time of day:

8 pm


Always capitalize Internet.

Use website.

When an URL comes at the end of a sentence, put a period after it.

Always type but don’t type http://.

Use e-mail not email.


Always use the initials of the interviewer and the last name of the interviewee, and bold:

SH: Why do you make films?

Wiseman: Because I like them.

When referring to an interviewee, refer to their last name.

Since 1990, Wiseman has produced several films.


Always use since that is our trademarked name.


The numbers 1 – 9 should be written out:

There were three cats in the room.

Numbers above nine should be numbers:

There were 11 cats, 100 dogs, and 1,000 birds.

Numbers in a series should be written as follows:

Competitors 1-8 will be first; competitors 152 – 160 will be next.

Numbers starting a sentence will always be spelled out:

Five hundred movies were at the festival.


The first place winner

The 14th place rider

Write out percents:

5 percent

100 percent


Always put periods and commas inside quotation marks.

“It’s a great film,” said Wiseman.

Put question marks and exclamation points inside quotation marks unless they apply to the sentence as a whole. For example:

He wondered, “Will this film be a success?”

Has anyone heard him say, “Don’t watch that film”?


Movie titles, book titles, television programs, and episode titles should be in italics.

Exhibits and programs should be in title case:

The Wiseman Retrospective

Screenwriting for Dummies

Individual pieces within an exhibit should be in italics:

The Scream was on exhibit at the MFA.