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Guest Post: Chante Sez ... Check the time

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b2ap3_thumbnail_chnate.jpgFor more than 16 years, Chante LaGon has worked with words as a journalist, marketing consultant, and event planner. She was founding editor of Headz: The Subterranean Guide to Hip-Hop Culture and has worked at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Lunar Magazine. Her journalism career continued at Creative Loafing, where she held various positions including Managing Editor and Special Projects Director. Her blog, Chante Sez, is an excellent resource to keep your writing skills up to par and she can be found on Twitter as @ChanteSez.

The following is reposted from with permission:

Chante Sez ... Check the time

Better late than never … no matter when on Wednesday the Tip of the Day is posted, it’s always on time! And speaking of time, here’s how to write it.

  • Always use a.m. and p.m. For example: “The show started at 8 p.m.”
  • Noon and midnight are preferred over 12 p.m. and 12 a.m.
  • Don’t use a colon followed by double zeros. This is wrong: “The show started at 8:00 p.m.”
  • For a time range, use a hyphen. Like this: “The performance is scheduled for 9:30-11 a.m.”
  • As you may have noticed in the example above, you only have to reference a.m. or p.m. once. If the time range includes a.m. and p.m., use both. For example: “I was in the meeting from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.”
  • It’s OK to use “o’clock” but it’s best used in prose, or long-form writing. For example: “It was dark and stormy, which was odd for 3 o’clock on a winter afternoon.”

For me, fundraising and communications go together like peanut butter and jelly – delicious & filling!

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