55. Newspaper Series Identification

Newspapers and other publications should clearly identify their multi-day stories by labeling them in a way that clearly conveys both how many stories there are in the series and each story’s number in the series. For example, instead of “one in a series,” or “first in a series,” it should be something like “first of a three part series,” etc. Exceptions could be made for articles that are part of an occasional series. However, these should also be labeled something like “one in an occasional series”.

Newspapers should also have summaries (or 1-3 sentence briefs) of multi-day articles so that a reader would have an idea of what to expect in each day’s article. All the summaries of all the articles, past, present, and future, in that series should be run with each day’s article.


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