Where do even the most experienced writers turn to when they are stumped?
The Associated Press (AP) Stylebook. Sometimes referred to as the gold standard for journalistic writing, the AP Stylebook is updated every year as language used in media, food, sports, business, and more changes to better reflect our dynamic society.
As we patiently await the release of the 2018 AP Stylebook in May, I want to highlight three important changes made to the Stylebook in 2017 and also present an easy way to stay in the loop with AP Stylebook rules.
As you can see, AP Style rules can not only be incredibly complex, but they are constantly changing to reflect changes in society. Lucky for us, AP Stylebook has an easily understood, occasionally humorous and most importantly, free resource to keep up to date with style rules: @APStylebook.
The AP Stylebook Twitter account tweets tips that may be completely random, in relation to a specific event happening, or most commonly to explain a little known rule. There is even a hashtag, #APStyleChat, that engages users and creates a platform where users can ask specific AP style questions and even suggest additions to be made to the next version of the stylebook. Below are some examples of my favorite tweets by @APStylebook.
A rickey is usually a cocktail with lime juice, soda water and liquor. Also a nonalcoholic drink, often made of seltzer water, lime juice and flavored syrups, such as a lime rickey.
— AP Stylebook (@APStylebook) January 19, 2018
Beware the wind chill factor, and don't use a hyphen in writing the term.
— AP Stylebook (@APStylebook) January 3, 2018
Use ages only if relevant. For example, a teenager's comment on video games aimed at that age group, or someone saying, "I'm too old for the job." Generally, use ages for profiles, obituaries, significant career milestones and achievements unusual for the age.
— AP Stylebook (@APStylebook) February 14, 2018
As PR professionals, an understanding of AP style is absolutely crucial to be successful in the industry. Be sure to purchase a new version of the stylebook every year and follow the @APStylebook Twitter account for daily reminders of rules you may have not known existed.
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