|Five AP Stylebook Rules Media Writers Should Ignore
By: Muck Rack
Professional media writers and PR professionals are attached to our Associated Press Stylebooks.
If we’re writing, chances are that our trusty AP Stylebooks are nearby, providing answers to our questions and leading us to the writing consistency our readers have come to expect, whether they realize it or not.
The Associated Press, the world’s oldest news service, began creating the formal version of its Stylebook in 1953. It did so in the name of consistency and creating professional media writing standards although, prior to that, many AP Style rules served the more practical purpose of helping copy move across the news wire.
The Stylebook was created so all media writers would follow the same rules, all editors would edit according to those rules, and the public would get a familiar format, regardless of what publication they chose to read. It provides guidelines for spelling, language, punctuation, usage, and journalistic style.
The AP Stylebook is updated annually now, which means, just when writers think we know the style well, it changes. The 2016 edition of the AP Stylebook was released in June.
Despite what some may think, not all changes or rules are good. In fact, there are some AP Style rules that writers choose to shun.
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