Journalism

News style guide

Audiences expect the BBC to demonstrate the highest standards of English because well-written stories are easier to understand. This section of the College of Journalism website is the current style guide for all BBC News output. Although it is only a guide for journalists, it details many of the rules of spelling, punctuation and grammar. It also covers accuracy, fairness and impartiality. The Oxford English Dictionary is otherwise the preferred reference.

Access to the BBC Academy's College of Journalism website is free to everyone in the UK and commercially available overseas. If you are a subscriber click here.

The College of Journalism is the body that trains all BBC journalists. It also provides training on a commercial basis for news organisations around the world - see our commercial website or contact us at bbcacademy@bbc.co.uk.