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Jurassic Park Legacy - News Reporting Stylebook
News Reporting Stylebook
 
If you're seeing this it means you've been selected as part of the staff and are on the news reporting team in conjunction with your moderator responsibilities. This stylebook is for mostly helping you with sources of where to look at news, and how to format your text properly for news reports. Remember to follow this exactly and be sure to read and refer to this if you ever get stuck.
 
Sources of where to look for news:
 
Entertainment Sites - Be sure to Check Googles News the most! It includes a round-up of all things Jurassic Park!

Ain't-It-Cool-News
Dark Horizons
DVDReview
ComingSoon
Jurassic Park Google News
Jurassic World Google News JWFan
Rope-Of-Silicon
The Digital Bits
IGN Jurassic Park IV News
Rotten Tomatoes JPIV News
Hawaii Movie Tours (HMT)
SlashFilm
SciFied
JoBlo

ReelToursHawaii

 
Sometimes we have to rely on news that is found directly in the community. Here are some sites to check out that seem to get the news scoops we missed or they got informed on first.

Note on JP Web Community History: There has always been three-four dominant sites in the community's past and JPL is one of them. We can't forget about the other sites out there though.
 
Jurassic Park Sites:

Dan's JP3 Page
JPToys
JurassicParkIV.Org
Jurassic World Universe
JPForever - Home of the JurassicCast Podcast
Scified Jurassic World Movie Site

 
It is also a good idea to keep your eyes on the Official Site(s) as they are updated from time to time!
 
Official Site:
Jurassic Park
 
Of course if we have a news slump, as in meaning no new news on anything. We have the latest paleontology finds to keep up with. Discovery News is always your best bet. If you can find it on another site, please don't be afraid to use it! I still reccomend posting it even if we're busy to indicate there's stuff going on in my favorite science.
 
Dinosaur Paleontology News
Google News - Paleontology
Google News - Dinosaurs
Discovery News
Yahoo! News - Dinosaurs & Fossils
 
Now that we have where to find the news we post that next step is to learn how we insert the news into the page, format it and post it on the main page. Remember to always source your information! Credit your source and link to your source!
Formatting news can be rough sometimes, especially if you want it to be eye-catching. A method that was used at inGenNET, albeit an annoying one by Neo_Maze, was to bold EVERY SINGLE word, but a few in the report. This catches eyes, and while Neo meant well it starts getting distracting and working against things I feel and so did other staffers at the time, like Varan and so forth.

If you like to bold a few words of your sentence you are more than welcome to do that. Bolding a few words though that you feel are important helps though I do admit. The only big thing I have is that you cite your sources for the news report properly and always. Notice this is the second time I've said this. Sourcing is key!
 
The Basics! - Text Formatting:
To Bold Text:
<b>Text</b>

To Underline Text:
<u>Text</u>

To Italic Text:
<i>Text</i>


To Spoiler Text:
<font color="#000000">Text</font>

 
Quoting an Article - What to do with copied bits:
Sometimes in articles you want to copy snippets from the article to deliever the main point. I always encourage this as it makes your news report more credible.

To Blockquote Text:
<blockquote><i>Highlight from Article That your are reporting on</i></blockquote>

Now a lot of you will be tempted to press your "enter" key right after to insert a line break, while this is normal you don't always have to as Blockquote will automatically do a Line Break (<br> or your enter key) for you. I always press my enter key before doing the <blockquote> to give a bit of a buffer.
 
How to Source! Linking Articles & Thumbnail images
Sourcing is key. Remember that! SOURCE YOUR ARTICLES! Why? For credibility reasons. This is how.

To Link to an On-site Article - I use this if we launch a new section and I don't want them having to open a new window:
<a href="Insert the Web Address Here">Page Name</a>

Some of you may rarely use this and if you do it's probably because you helped in the creation of the section.

How to SOURCE YOUR ARTICLE!
To Link to An off site article use this code:
<a href="Insert the Web Address Here" target="_blank">Description Text</a>


Always do this! ALWAYS SOURCE! ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS!

Say you want to include an image in your article that JPToys posted. Not only will you need FTP access, check with me if you don't have the information, but you'll need to remember the name you give your image. You can download a FTP client to allow you to connect.

Using a Thumbnail to Link to a larger Picture:

<a href="Insert the Web Address Here for larger picture" target="_blank"><img src="URL for thumb nail (smaller) Image"></a>

When using thumbnail images please make sure your thumbnails are small (150/200/300 width). This is important because if they aren't they'll be distorting the page.
Also for added effect please add in an alignment option. Example(s) follow:

<a href="Insert the Web Address Here for larger picture" target="_blank"><img src="URL for thumb nail (smaller) Image" align="right" ></a>

Or

<a href="Insert the Web Address Here for larger picture" target="_blank"><img src="URL for thumb nail (smaller) Image" align="left" ></a>

 
Example:
This section shows what an article with HTML Formatting looks like. This is basically what you do while typing.
 
How the Coding Fits:
 
Dwarf Dinosaurs in Germany
<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/" target="_blank">Yahoo News</a> reports that German Scientists have found a new dinosaur dubbed Europasaurus holgeri. Here's a snippet from the article:<blockquote><i>The four-legged plant-eater was no lap dog: It measured about 20 feet from its snout to the tip of its long tail and it weighed about a ton.

But next to its close evolutionary cousin Camarasaurus, a well-known beast that stretched some 59 feet long, this guy was a runt.

What happened? The researchers say it's a case of island dwarfism, the tendency of big species to shrink over time when they find themselves on an island. It's well-known among mammals, as with fossil elephants only about 3 feet tall found in Sicily and elsewhere.

Scientists think that in an environment of limited resources, smaller body size becomes an advantage, and so captive populations shrink in body size over long periods of time.

The new creature is the best documented case of island dwarfism among dinosaurs, said P. Martin Sander, a paleontologist at the University of Bonn in Germany and lead author of a report in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature.

The creature, dubbed Europasaurus holgeri, lived 154 million years ago near what is now the German town of Goslar.</i></blockquote> You can read the full article <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060609/ap_on_sc/dwarf_dinosaurs" target="_blank">here</a> for more information about this exciting find!

 
What the page looks like when the article is published on the main page:
 
Yahoo News reports that German Scientists have found a new dinosaur dubbed Europasaurus holgeri. Here's a snippet from the article:
The four-legged plant-eater was no lap dog: It measured about 20 feet from its snout to the tip of its long tail and it weighed about a ton.

But next to its close evolutionary cousin Camarasaurus, a well-known beast that stretched some 59 feet long, this guy was a runt.

What happened? The researchers say it's a case of island dwarfism, the tendency of big species to shrink over time when they find themselves on an island. It's well-known among mammals, as with fossil elephants only about 3 feet tall found in Sicily and elsewhere.

Scientists think that in an environment of limited resources, smaller body size becomes an advantage, and so captive populations shrink in body size over long periods of time.

The new creature is the best documented case of island dwarfism among dinosaurs, said P. Martin Sander, a paleontologist at the University of Bonn in Germany and lead author of a report in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature.

The creature, dubbed Europasaurus holgeri, lived 154 million years ago near what is now the German town of Goslar.
You can read the full article here for more information about this exciting find!
 
Much nicer with the formatting wouldn't you say? Always preview the article before you go and post it to make sure your tags are closed! If you're interested in learning further about HTML and other web-based programming languages check out W3Schools. Don't be afraid to take to social media to get sources as well and share with us in staff. Like us on Facebook first (PM me and tell me what your name is so I can add you to page managers) and follow us on Twitter. Twitter login can be found here.
 
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