BH&G guidelines for credits

In regard to staff credits:

  • Because we are on the masthead, we need to be judicious about crediting ourselves, even in the gutter.
  • Everyone needs to play a role in not putting names where unneeded—weigh the necessity and benefit.
  • We will not double credit staff on a page. For example, “Producer and Styling” becomes “Producer,” with the styling aspect included in the credit. If styling played a larger role in the work, by all means use styling instead. (“Writer and Producer” or “Recipes and food styling” for non-Meredith people is OK.)
  • That also means avoid double credits for one job, e.g., By: Jane Doe and John Smith. When possible, credit one person for a role.
  • If you have questions, see your deputy editor. As needed, the EE will make the final decision on individual cases.

One-page stories:

  • Credits go in the gutter.
  • However, if a photograph or illustration fills a significant portion of the page, that will be credited on the byline.

Section openers:

  • Photographer and stylists get on-page credit.
  • Anyone else goes in the gutter.

Two-plus page stories: 

  • There can be no more than three credits at the bottom of the page. The rest go in the gutter. Who gets the on-page vs. gutter credit depends on the level of work contributed.
  • In general, we want to credit non-Meredith contributors on the page.
  • If the story involved a significant amount of writing (200+ words), we want to credit the writer on the page, especially if it is a freelancer.
  • We want to credit the producer or stylist because their work is seen in the story.
  • This is the order and wording:
    • By; Photos/Illustrations; Styling; Produced by; Food styling; Prop styling; Crafts by

Gutter format: 

  • By: name; Photo/s: (item) name, (item) name, (item) name …; Produced by: Name; Styling: name

Well stories:

  • There can be four or five credits on the page. Although the layout might require fewer.
  • Staff needs to balance when they get credit (rather than every issue).  For instance, save “Produced by” for stories you feel you made a large contribution to.
  • Minimize use of gutter credits. Limit them to substylists, such as hair, makeup, …
  • Order: By; Photo/s or Illustration/s; Styling; Produced by (What word we use here will depend on the type of work. It might be Recipes by, Crafts by, Projects by, …)