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The Pavement Editorial & House Style Advice for Volunteers

September 01 2020

The Pavement Editorial & House Style Advice for Volunteers 

Who we are and what we do?
The Pavement is a free online and printed magazine aimed specifically at a homeless readership, offering a platform for written or artistic expression and topics you write about should reflect our audience’s needs. We aim to support the homeless reader to a solution/help pathway not just tell a story or share news.

In the centre of every copy there is The List, providing valuable information about homeless services in the cities/areas we deliver to. Keeping this information up-todate is as important as writing an opinion piece or providing other creative content.

Being a Volunteer

There are now three groups of former trainees (all with lived experience of homelessness) who have participated in our journalism/photo training courses and now who write for the Pavement. We aim to have regular writers’ Meet Ups. Each usually lasts for about an hour, but you don’t have to turn up at these get-togethers to write for the magazine. As a someone with lived experience of homelessness we really value the perspective you can bring and would love you to write journalistic articles, creative writing or other relevant content for publication (e.g. drawings, poems, cartoons etc)

Outlined below are some points about our preferred house style and editorial approach.

Contents
U/lc, page number 2long/en dash3 (p.2–3)
Title of stories, u/lc
The List (in the Pavement style) using letters for pages A–O. (1 – 16)
Numbers on the contents page if DPS then use long dash 15–17
P5 News and Nibs – add a bold for where it is e.g. London xx, add a website Strap UC, eg GLASGOW FOCUS, MAT’S COLUMN
Standfirsts
Don’t end with a full stop
Box
Main heading u/lc Sub heads CAPS (no colon) Rom on next line
Box with Q&A
Q.
A.
Box with bullets u/lc heading
GEOGRAPHY in alpha order Edinburgh/Glasgow/London OR in a box do as length order (so start with London, then Edinburgh, Glasgow)
Bullet name of place
Line below info
Line below website
Page refs (p7)

PHOTO CAPTIONS
2 witty words: then u/c
end with © photographer name OR Pavement

AGES OF PEOPLE
16–25 years (use em dash) or 16-years-old (use hyphen/en dash)

BENEFITS & CASH Jobcentre, Jobseekers’ Allowance, job coach, Universal Credit (UC), cash-in-hand

BOOKS, PUBLICATIONS AND FILMS
– use ital & upper case for the main title
Facing Shame: families in recovery (1998)
Homeless men: exploring the experience of shame (Iowa, 2014) 


COUNCIL
Capital name, l/c council, eg, Westminster council Council Tax, council offices

DEATH
Coroners’ Records but London Coroners Court (dropping the apostrophe here, check website)

DRUG TERMS
the works, shooting gallery, drug-related deaths, junkie, Methadone

FRIENDLY CHARITIES, ORGS – check how they refer to themselves, eg FareShare

GEOGRAPHY & COMPASS POINTS – usually lower case
north London, south London, east London, west London, north-west London, south-east London, north-west of England Eastern European

HEADINGS
Sentence case (ie, only upper for first word)

HOMELESS TERMS
Homeless person, rough sleeper, sleep-out, sofa-surfing, homeless person, sociallyisolated (better social isolation), life-changing events, ex-rough sleeper Mental health problems (not mental health 'issues')

HOUSING TERMS
Use buy-to-let, right-to-buy, re-let privately

MENTAL HEALTH
hypermania, hypemanic, delusional mania, R D Laing, the Maudsley (fyi it’s a psychiatric hospital and largest MH training institution in UK), mixed state, trama, manic and depressed, bipolar, died by suicide (not committed suicide)

NEW MEDIA
App or app (depends where in sentence), email, online, smart phone NIBs – are a summary of regional news so credit local press/source

NUMBERS
Space is tight, so shorten per cent, eg, 15% homeless people are three-and-a-half times more likely to commit suicide than general population

OUR MAG
the Pavement unless starts a sentence then it is The Pavement Dave [name changed to protect identity] The Pavement says there are more ideas about where to get help on page 16.

PUNCTUATION
Use long dash

TIME (the long dash takes too much time to do, please just use a short dash between times and drop the first am/pm if both times are am or pm e.g.
10:30am-12noon
9-11am
5-6:30pm every Wednesday

USEFUL WORDS (spelling)
common sense
in fact (2 words)
generous-hearted individuals
lifeline
LGBTIQ+. (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning)
members’ rep co-ordinator for Cardboard Citizens
mutual-aid groups
peer journalists/peer reporters
self-loathing
self-perpetuating
suicide (not commit suicide, as it’s not a crime)
T-shirt or T-shirts
The Pavement if starts a sentence, the Pavement if it doesn’t
Universal Credit (UC)
Wellbeing. (no hyphen)

ALWAYS INCLUDE – STYLE NOTES
Street link app
Emergency help numbers
Male and female writers
Stories and pix about men and women (think diversity)
Clearly gay/lesbian friendly
Pointers to the list

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