Monday, March 3, 2014

Why Doesn't Slate Follow a Standard Format for Its Bylines?

Here are the bylines of four Slate staffers:

1. Amanda Hess is a Slate staff writer. Email her at, or follow her on Twitter.

2. David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. You can reach him at, or tweet at him @daveweigel.

3. John Dickerson is Slate’s chief political correspondent and author of On Her Trail. Read his series on the presidency and on risk. Follow him on Twitter.

4. Matthew Yglesias is Slates business and economics correspondent. He is the author of The Rent Is Too Damn High.

The first part is consistent:

“[Name] is a [Slate’s] [job title].”

But shouldn't the subsequent syntax be standardized? For example, is it,

“You can reach him at [email address].”


“Email her at [email address].”

Similarly, is it

“Follow her on Twitter.”


“tweet at him @[handle].”

Nitpicky? Yes. Happily, Slate has nitpickers on staff.