BBC Editorial Guides

The BBC has a large number of guides and online training materials designed to help journalists across the organisation deliver content to the highest standards.

These guides and training tools are available for the general public to view via the BBC Academy.

Some of the guides most applicable to the Local News Partnership can be viewed below.

  • BBC News Style GuideThe BBC News style guide details many of the rules of spelling, punctuation and grammar that would be equally applicable to the majority of news organisations across the UK. It also covers accuracy, fairness and impartiality. The Oxford English Dictionary is otherwise the preferred reference point for BBC News employees.
  • BBC Editorial StandardsEditorial standards apply to all BBC content, whether made by or for the BBC. This page, intended for the general public, contains digital courses, resources and guides to those editorial standards.
  • How to verify news stories on social mediaTips on how to use social media to source and verify news stories.
  • Smartphone Journalism: AudioSmartphones offer a simple and flexible way to record and edit audio. Discover how to use iPhones and other mobiles, to create and edit broadcast-standard sound.