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Use “theater” (AP style) when speaking generally of a theater for movies, plays, etc.  Only use “theatre” if it’s the proper spelling of a venue.

Proper names vary:

The department in the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts is the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film

Johnny Carson Theater

Nebraska Repertory Theatre

Studio Theatre

Howell Theatre

University Theatre Box Office

BUT: Joseph H. Cooper Theater (the larger of the two theaters in the Ross).


It’s noon, not 12 noon.

When publicizing an event to a statewide audience, consider specifying Mountain and/or Central times, particularly if an event is being held in western Nebraska’s Mountain time zone. Time zone identifiers are CST/CDT and MST/MDT (depending on whether the date is during standard or daylight time).

time, date, place

In news stories, tell the time, date and place of an event in that order, for consistency.

The Dreamweaver 4 class will be offered at 10 a.m. April 11 at 125 Mabel Lee Hall.

One exception: In calendar listings by date, events may go chronologically with date listed first:

April 6, Laser Fantasies Laser Show – "Jimi Hendrix," 9:30 and 11 p.m., Mueller Planetarium. Call 472-2641.

Do not add days of week, and especially do not use ONLY days of week, to avoid confusion.

titles, composition

Composition titles should be put in quotation marks. See “composition titles”  for more information.

titles, courtesy

In general, do not use courtesy titles such as Miss, Ms., Mr., etc. Use a person’s full name on first reference, then last name alone on second/subsequent references.

If two people in a story have the same last name, distinguish between them by using their first and last names on all references.

titles, personal/job

Capitalize and spell out formal titles when they appear in front of a person’s name.

Chancellor Ronnie Green

Associate Professor Emeritus Bud Pagel

Dean James O’Hanlon

Lowercase these titles when they appear elsewhere.

Ronnie Green, chancellor at Nebraska, said ...

Bud Pagel was a journalism professor at Nebraska.

today/tomorrow/yesterday/last night

Use “today” in press releases when talking about the day in which the release is being issued. (This should be clear on the release. Use an appropriate dateline style.)

Do NOT use “tomorrow,” “yesterday” or “last night.” Use specific dates instead for clarity.

Chancellor Ronnie Green said today he would give the State of the University address at 10 a.m. Sept. 6. NOT: “Chancellor Ronnie Green said today he would speak tomorrow.

Tom Osborne Field

Name of the football field inside Memorial Stadium.

tractor museum

Although this is the name of the building on campus maps, the museum is officially the Lester F. Larsen Tractor Test & Power Museum. Use this as first reference in all publications, calling it the tractor museum (lowercase) on other references.

Tractor Testing Track

Track on East Campus, home of the Nebraska Tractor Test Laboratory.