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AP Style Guide

AP Style Book The AP Stylebook is the 'bible' for journalism students. From the publisher's website, "At about 500 pages, the AP Stylebook is widely used in newsrooms, classrooms and corporate offices worldwide. More than a dozen of the new entries are in the sections on food (such as Benedictine and Grand Marnier, madeleine and upside-down cake) and fashion (chichi and froufrou), as well as new numerals and weapons sections, new entries on mental illness and illegal immigration, and an expanded social media chapter."  -


This book is in Reference PN4783.A83 2013 

AP Style - ask the editor

 AP FAQ -  Ask the Editor

Welcome to Ask the Editor, a forum on writing, style and phrasing issues that go beyond the pages of the AP Stylebook. AP editor David Minthorn fields questions of widest interest posed by subscribers to the online AP Stylebook. Here is a sampling of frequently asked questions, with examples of AP style used in answers.

• Abbreviations, acronyms (24/7; NATO; laser; U.S.; No. 1 ...)

Q: In a news story, can you start a sentence with an acronym?
A: A few examples: Radar, Laser, NATO, OPEC.

• Capitalization (proper nouns: America; proper names: Democratic Party; popular names: Indy 500; compositions: books, movies, operas ...)

Q: Why is atheist not capitalized while Catholics, Muslims, Buddhists, etc., are?
A: We follow Webster's on that term, which is lowercase.

Q: Great Depression is capitalized and so is American Revolution. How about Civil Rights Movement?
A: AP lowercases civil rights movement.

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