Posted by: Sarah Kemp | April 12, 2009

AP Style

In my Intro to PR class we went over the importance of Associated Press Style (AP). We learned the importance of AP Style and how it differs from a similar APA Style, also used in witting.ap_stylebook_cover


There are many guidelines to both formats and it was helpful to go over them in class besides trying to look through the whole manual. Our Professor posted on her blog, a great site that was a shorter version of the manual, that we got in class. It is important to know AP Style because many agencies that we will write for, or employers will expect that we know what is the correct format. AP is the world’s single largest news organization and everyday ,more than a billion people read, hear or see AP news, so it is common necessity we will need in the PR field!

Associated Press (AP) Style Guide – the basics

The Quick References is an overview of:

  1. Numbers
  2. Abbreviations
  3. Punctuation
  4. Titles

Some of the style that surprised me…

  • When abbreviating U.S. states: Ga., Mich., W.Va., etc…
  • Datelines: the city is in CAPITAL LETTERS
  • Do NOT use a common before a series…
  • Do NOT put a space between initials (D . J . Lewis= D.J. Lewis)
  • Put quotation marks around titles of books, lectures, songs, etc…


The Quick Reference is taken from The Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual, Sixth Trade Edition.


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