=17. Rules

While every well-regulated newspaper has rules of its own

governing the use of capital letters, commas, dashes, parentheses, and

other marks of punctuation, and any article written by a reporter will

be punctuated according to the individual style of the paper in which it

is printed, no matter how it may have been punctuated originally, it is

nevertheless worth while to offer the following general rules of

punctuation for the guidance of news writers. And it would be well for

every properly trained journalist to have these rules well in hand; for

in the eyes of the editor and the printer, bad punctuation is worse than

bad spelling, because the meaning of a misspelled word usually can be

deciphered, while that of an improperly punctuated sentence is often

hopeless. For one, therefore, who hopes to do successful journalistic

work a thorough knowledge of the following rules of punctuation is

practically a necessity.

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