Upsetting
Wednesday, November 12, 2003
 
Folks,

With the postseason upon us, here's a style tweak that should simplify high school copy:

Please do not attach the unwieldy "CIF" moniker when describing the San Diego Section playoffs. It's unnecessary, and few readers seem to know what the letters even stand for.

EXAMPLE:
Coronado High won the San Diego Section Division II water polo championship.
(On second reference) It was the Islanders' third straight section title.

If CIF pops up in a quote that must be used, please substitute with a word readers understand.

EXAMPLE:
(No) "We're happy to win a CIF title," said Jones.
(Yes) "We're happy to win a (section) title," said Jones.

Instead of including CIF in stories about local water polo and volleyball playoffs, we'll save the initials for second reference in stories that involve the California Interscholastic Federation, the state's governing body for high school sports.

Any questions, please holler . . .
 
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