Accelerating the Tennessee Valley automotive industry

Editorial Style Guide

The DRIVE! for the Future website tracks the development of a strong and growing automotive cluster in the Tennessee Valley. This guide serves as a reference tool to help DRIVE! editorial  contributors follow consistent and appropriate style when writing about the cluster or covering related news and events.

The mission of DRIVE! for the Future is to accelerate the development of a strong and growing automotive cluster in the Tennessee Valley. DRIVE!’s strategy integrates the region’s research and innovation resources with training institutions and the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem to ensure that the region remains globally competitive and continues to emerge as a leading center for advanced automotive technologies.

Content developed for DRIVE! publications, including this website, follows the mission’s progress and related activities in the cluster, industry, policy arenas and marketplace.  Examples include DRIVE! blog posts, news articles, data visualizations and feature stories.

Approved Styles and Spelling

For basic style guidance, including punctuation, abbreviation and capitalization, DRIVE! writers and editors should consult the most recent edition of the Associated Press Stylebook or the Chicago Manual of Style, two one of the most commonly used style guides in American journalism.

For spelling, use first entries Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

DRIVE! Specific Style

Given DRIVE!’s unique industry and regional focus, specific terms and usage may not be addressed by standard editorial style books such as AP or Chicago. 

The following alphabetized section provides style guidelines and exceptions specific to DRIVE! publications. Writers and editors should consult this alphabetized section frequently for updates. (Note: For guidelines specific to the University of Tennessee, consult the UT Office of Communications and Marketing for university-approved styling.

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  • Auto, Automobile, Automotive: Use Auto when referring to... Use Automotive when...
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  • Commas: Use the serial (or "Oxford") comma sparingly, and only when necessary to avoid ambiguity. Avoid using it in simple sentences. Correct: The American flag is red, white and blue. Incorrect: The American flag is red, white, and blue.
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  • DRIVE! for the Future: DRIVE! for the Future is an Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership initiative for a 69 county region in central Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky and Georgia. Use DRIVE! as second reference.
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  • Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership: Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership is an industry initiative for a 69-county region in central Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky and Georgia. Use IMCP on second and subsequent reference.
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  • Tennessee Valley Region: The Tennessee Valley Region is home to six major automotive manufacturers with a supply chain of over 900 mostly small- and medium-sized businesses, employing more than 100,000 people. The community consists of 69 counties in Tennessee and portions of southern Kentucky, north Alabama, and north Georgia. Use of Tennessee Valley is acceptable on second and subsequent reference.
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The Tennessee Valley region is home to six major automotive manufacturers with a supply chain of over 900 mostly small- and medium-sized businesses, employing more than 100,000 people.

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