File naming problem

Different computer operating systems use different rules for file names. Use of a space in a file name is potentially so dangerous that UNIX based systems usually convert a single space to "%20%" if the system can. Other characters on the "forbidden" list have special meanings to some systems. Avoid them.

Naming your files

We now work in a digital world. This means in part that the work a reporter does is turned over to editors in the form of computer files. We rarely turn in stories on paper, photos on film or video on tape. We work on networked computers and pass files from one machine to the next.

Most newsrooms have rules about how you name your files. News Central is no exception. The file naming rules are designed to prevent some problems in a networked environment before they occur, and they are designed so that you get credit for your work.

Network file naming / handling rules

  • Save (export) text files in Word format
  • Save (export) image files in jpeg / jpg format
  • Save (export) video files Quicktime (.mov) format
  • File name must start with your last name
  • Use no spaces in file name
  • Your last name is followed by underscore and a simple word to identify topic
  • Use no spaces in file name
  • Use only letters, numbers, underscore & dash in file name
  • Use no spaces in file name
  • Do not use *, &, $, %, #, @, !, ?, <, >, /, or \ in a file name.
  • Use no spaces in file name
  • Generally use only lowercase letters

Note: Your filenames should start with your last name followed by an underscore and then a one-word version of your topic and the filename extension. For example: "jones_sga2.docx"