Are News Articles Italicized?

When writing a news article, you may be wondering if the title should be italicized. Read on to find out the answer to this question.

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Basic Guidelines

It is generally agreed upon that newspaper titles and the names of magazines or journals should be italicized when you are typing them out. This is because most people tend to look at these titles as stand-alone pieces of art, much like how you would refer to the title of a book.

Check the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

If you are unsure whether to italicize a news article title or not, the best thing to do is check the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. This authoritative guide provides clear instructions on how to format titles of all kinds in your paper, including news articles.

Consider the Type of Publication

Generally, you should italicize the titles of long works, like books, movies, or record albums. Short works like episodes, episodes of television shows, or songs from a movie should be in quotation marks. The titles of parts of long works (chapters in books, articles in journals, or sections of newspapers) should be placed in quotation marks.

When deciding whether to italicize a title or place it in quotation marks, you should ask yourself whether the work in question is part of a larger work. If it is part of a larger work, place the title of the work within quotation marks and don’t italicize it. If the work stands alone as its own entity (like a book), then you can italicize its name.

Other Guidelines to Keep in Mind

Italics are used for titles of larger works and for highlighting key words. quotation marks are used for smaller works, such as headlines, magazine and newspaper articles, essays in anthologies, and episodes of television and radio programs.

Pay Attention to Consistency

Editing your own work is often difficult, especially when it comes to smaller details like punctuation and formatting. Paying attention to consistency can help you catch errors and ensure that your writing looks polished and professional.

If you’re unsure about whether or not to italicize a particular word or phrase, one guideline you can follow is to be consistent within a single document. If you italicize a word or phrase early on, make a note of it so you can be sure to italicize it later on as well. On the other hand, if you decide not to italicize something at first, try to stick with that decision throughout the rest of the document. Exceptions can be made for words or phrases that are referenced later on in a different context; in these cases, it may make more sense to italicize the second instance rather than every instance thereafter.

In general, it’s usually best to err on the side of caution when it comes to punctuation and formatting. If you’re ever in doubt, it’s always better to consult a style guide or ask a seasoned editor for their opinion.

Use Your Best Judgment

Of course, rules are made to be broken, and there will always be exceptions to the rule. In general, however, if you’re unsure whether or not to italicize a word or phrase, it’s best to err on the side of caution and go ahead with the italics.

There are also a few other general guidelines to keep in mind when it comes to italics. In general, longer works should be italicized while shorter works should be enclosed in quotation marks. This is a general rule of thumb, but there are always exceptions (more on that later!).

If you’re still unsure about whether or not to use italics, try this little trick: read your sentence aloud and see if you would naturally pause when you come to the word or phrase in question. If so, then it’s probably best to italicize the word or phrase in question.

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