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It’s no easy feat mastering the rules of news writing, especially the nearly 400-page AP Stylebook. Editors often update the guide to reflect new changes in style and to stay current with trends. Some notable amendments in recent past: the book announced it changed “e-mail” to “email,” a move that followed the union of “Web site” to “website,” in an earlier edition.
(And just when we had gotten used to hyphenating “e-mail”!)
We’re all writers here at InkHouse, and we consult the AP Stylebook often. So we’ve compiled all of our best advice here in this “AP Style” section of the website. We hope it helps!
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InkHouse’s guide to AP Style
Twelve common mistakes of AP Style
Below are some of the more common blunders (in no particular order) and some simple tricks to make sure your writing runs flush with the accepted writing standard we all know better as “AP Style.”
More than, over. More than is preferred with numbers, while over generally refers to spatial elements. The company has more than 25 employees; The cow jumped over the moon.
State abbreviations. AP doesn’t follow standard ZIP code abbreviations – e.g., MA for Massachusetts. Each state has its own abbreviation – e.g., Mass. for Massachusetts; N.Y. for New York; Calif. for California; Fla. for Florida and so on. However, eight states – Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Ohio, Texas and Utah – aren’t abbreviated in datelines or text. Omit state abbreviations in datelines for well-known U.S. cities such as Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco, etc…
Seven hard-to-remember Associated Press style rules
Now that you know the 12 most common mistakes, here are some other AP Style rules that are of equal importance, but harder to remember…
Affect vs. Effect: As a verb, affect means to influence: The decision will affect my finances. Affect is rarely used a noun. As a verb, effect means to cause: She will effect change immediately. As a noun, effect means result: The effect of the accident was damaging.
On vs. About: As one of my editors said, on refers to spatial objects: He sat on the chair. Use about in non-spatial references: The professor will host a class about history…
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