But as always, there are variants. In recent years, I've noticed, reporters have taken on the clipped, bureaucratic practice of referring to initialism agencies without the article: "EPA announced a grant yesterday."** This journalistic echolalia occurs throughout the business as writers mimic their sources. Reporters covering the educational bureaucracy start writing noun-noun-noun jargon: "teacher evaluation standards." Police reporters come to write like cops: "fled the scene" for "ran away."