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How to Write News More Good

It comes as a surprise to many non-journalists, but there really is a Bible of reporting: the hugely influential Associated Press Stylebook, which is issued annually with rules on how to (and how not to) write news stories. Little wonder, then, that this sacred cow was lampooned by the Bureau Chiefs, an iconoclastic group of journalists, artists, writers, and other assorted ne’er-do-wells who fashioned their own reporter’s stylebook in the vein of legendary satirist Ambrose Bierce. The Bureau Chiefs culled An Absolutely Phony Guide on How to Write More Good from their Twitter feed, @FakeAPStylebook, and they’ve lent LIFE a few of their more salient tips on “reporting.” So study up, and make your hilarious mark on the world of phony journalism.

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