Harbingers’ Magazine Stylebook

Generally, Harbingers’ Magazine uses British English, but as we aim to be a global magazine, we’re happy for you to use other American or any other variety, as long as it is consistent across your piece.

We have just started work on our stylebook. If you have spotted something that is inconsistent or would like us to clarify on what format should you use in your writing, please contact Emily at emily@hrbmagazine.com


Black; black

We are persuaded by Mark Lacey of The New York Times, who stated that “the capitalisation of that one letter is the difference between a colour and a culture”, so please capitalise Black in all instances where it describes people and cultures of African origin.


COVID-19; Covid; the coronavirus

In most instances, please refer to the condition caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus as “COVID-19” when you mention it for the first time, in the following references and headlines you can use “Covid” or “the coronavirus”.


Generation Z; Gen Z

A term describing people born between 1997 and 2012; when mentioned for the first time, please use “Generation Z”, “Gen Z” can be used in the following references and headlines.

If you are trying to describe people belonging to that cohort, you can use “Generation Z-ers or “Gen Z-ers”.


World War X; WW X

Two global conflicts: World War 1 in 1914-1918 and World War 2 in 1939-45; World War 3 meaning the threat of another global conflict with use of nuclear arsenal. Please use “World War X” when mentioning for the first time and “WWX” – or “the war”, if it is clear which one you mean – in the following references or headlines.