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