Use organization’s full name, not just initials

We can all be grateful to a March 29 letter writer for alerting us to what has become a common journalistic mistake: Turning the name of an organization into initials before, or instead of, giving its full name.

I was a reporter for four years. In journalism school, I was taught that a professional always spells out the name of an organization before turning it into a set of initials. This, I was told, is the courteous thing to do. Unfortunately, this practice seems to have fallen by the wayside.

Perhaps today’s writers are so besieged by multitasking that they are moving too fast to slow down and be professional.

I wish I had been the one to speak up about this problem.

Dave Slocum