Reminder On The Word ‘Teenager’

Wednesday marks three years since the shooting death of Michael Brown. In stories about that, he should not be referred to as a “teenager.” Brown was 18 — an adult.

Our guidance from 2014 still applies:

- Cite his age.

- Avoid labels. If you have to use one, “young man” is OK.

Weekend All Things Considered applied the guidance correctly here.

(“Memmos;” Aug. 7, 2017)

August 7, 2017

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