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DANZ Writers Style Guide

The aim is to produce publications with a clean and consistent style and layout. Submitted articles should have minimal formatting – No indents, tabs, underlining etc.

 Language

  • Spelling in New Zealand English (not US English) e.g. organisation not organization.
  • Māori language – use macrons.
  • Avoid abbreviations, especially NZ.

Quote marks

  • “double quotation marks” when quoting speech. ‘single quotation marks’ for quotes within quotes.
  • ‘single quotation marks’ to emphasise expressions/idioms or words e.g. Creative New Zealand will be looking at ‘in kind’ support as well.

Titles

  • Titles of publications, art & dance works and events in italics
  • Job/position titles should have initial capitals when following a name. e.g. Linda Lim, Communications Manager but not when used descriptively e.g. Linda Lim became Communications Manager of DANZ.

Numbers

  • Spell out one to nine. Write 10 and above in figures.

Dates

  • 16 April 2004 (only use numbers, don’t use ‘5th’ and ‘3rd’), Festival of Contemporary Arts, 14–16 July 2009 at the Arts Centre

Websites and email

  • Don’t underline web or email addresses.
  • No full stop after web address even at the end of a sentence.
  • Omit ‘http://’,  e.g. www.danz.org.nz

Interviews

  • For interviews in the question and answer format, questions will be in bold.

Names

  • Use first name/Christian name and surname on first mention. Thereafter use just first name.
  • Spell acronyms on first mention, with abbreviations in brackets e.g New Zealand Association of Dance Teachers (NZADT). Thereafter use either full name or acronym.

Image credits

  • In capitals, next to the photo, in the format:

JON TRIMMER IN THE ROYAL NEW ZEALAND BALLET’S DON QUIXOTE, 2008
PHOTO: MAARTEN HOLL

GATHERING CLOUDS BY NEIL IEREMIA
PHOTO: DUNCAN COLE

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