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Do Guardian journalists heed the advice in this style guide?, 15 Dec 2010
I always like to contrast media style guides with the actual practice of journalists.
Style guides, as it were, are a mark of aspiration. What comes out in actual practice is another thing altogether.
The Guardian has a very strong brand image but in actual fact its journalists come from all over the shop. Newcomers have to assimilate Guardian style very quickly but that is what you are paid to do as a journalist. Next day some may be off to a tabloid. They may assume a new writing personna.
This leads me to wonder what standing this document has in the actual world of the Guardian because there is more stylistic diversity within the paper and web site than David Marsh's book suggests. If you want to know where the internal tensions are within the Guardian look to see where aspiration does not match actual practice.