Monday, June 11, 2007

The AP's New Stylebook

This release of a new stylebook is usually enough to send my colleagues into fits of I-told-you-so's or WTF were they thinking? This should be interesting; I may even buy a copy so I can complain, too.

2007 edition of the AP Stylebook now available

NEW YORK -- The 2007 edition of the AP Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law is now available, in both print and online versions.

Norm Goldstein, editor of the 2007 version, says there's emphasis this year on the great functionality offered by subscription-based online access to The Associated Press standard-setting guidelines. "The online Stylebook provides searchable, instant access, with constant updates as well as notification of changes," Goldstein says. "It also allows the addition of a user's own entries to create a private stylebook."

Here's a sampling of revisions in the 2007 edition:

New entries include: African Union; airstrike; BlackBerry; Boogie; carry-on; Chennai; farmers market; female; GPS; headlines; hip-hop; homebuyer, homeowner; intefadah; Islamic holy days; Katmandu; mentally retarded; merger (Business); Mumbai; Swift boat.

Changes and updates include: Baha’i; datelines (Baghdad); daylight saving time; editor-in-chief; European Union; Fatah; Mexico; planets; plurals (Broadcast); RSVP; telephone numbers; U.S. time zones map; track and field (Sports); volleyball (Sports); headlines (Filing the Wire); Hold for Release slugs (Filing the Wire).

Deletions: husband, widower; Internet Search Tips; Laundromat; pupil, student; Serbia-Montenegro; U.S. Court of Military Appeals; Woman’s Christian Temperance Union.

Cost of the spiral-bound book is $17.95 for general orders, with discounts for members of the news cooperative. Go to for details on pricing and ordering.


Maurreen said...

I wish AP would do away with most of the separate sections in the stylebook.

Pam said...

Ah, Maurreen, tell us more, seriously. Want to offer a posting?

Maurreen said...

Thanks, Pam. But lately I'm working on an application for the Knight News Challenge.

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