Writers have a responsibility to use ethical language and practices when writing about others. We have collected a few resources here that offer guidance. Have a suggestion for a resource we should add or a question? Write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Race Forward's Race Reporting Guide
"Language matters, and we need more tools to move our race conversations forward in more accurate, fair, and produtive ways. Race Forward's Race Reporting Guide aims to provide critical support for the use of responsible language and story framing that reflects ethical and rigorous journalistic standards and affirms the dignity and human rights of people of all races."
Center for Racial Justice Innovation, Race Reporting Guide (2015)
Disability Language Style Guide
"As language, perceptions and social mores change at a seemingly faster and faster rate, it is becoming increasingly difficult for journalists and other communicators to figure out how to refer to people with disabilities. Even the term 'disabiliy' is no longer universally accepted. This style guide, developed by the Natioanl Center on Disability and Journalism at Arizona State University, is intended to help."
National Center on Disability and Journalism, "Disability Language Style Guide" (2018)
Radical Copyeditor's Guide to Writing about Transgender People
"A style guide for writing about transgender people is practically an oxymoron. Style guides are designed to create absolutes—bringing rules and order to a meandering and contradictory patchwork quilt of a language. Yet there are no absolutes when it comes to gender. That’s why this is a radical copyeditor’s style guide. Radical copyediting isn’t about absolutes; it’s about context and care."
--Alex Kapitan, The Radical Copyeditor's Guide to Writing about Transgender People (2017)
APA Style Position on Singular Third-Person Pronouns
"Big changes are afoot! APA endorses the use of “they” as a singular third-person pronoun in the seventh edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. This means it is officially good practice in scholarly writing to use the singular 'they.'
"This blog post provides insight into how this change came about and provides a forum for questions and feedback."
American Psychological Association, "Welcome, singular 'they,'" APA Style