This is one important book!
This is one important book!

There are a lot of specific things to learn when it comes to Associated Press Style, or AP Style, as it is known.

The good thing is that even though we went over a lot, you can always use your stylebook as a resource, even on quizzes. But as you get used to writing in AP Style, you’ll likely memorize some things.

  • Remember that ages are always written in numerals. Hyphenate if it describes something/someone. (The 5-year-old girl. But, the girl is 5 years old.)
  • Times are always written in numerals, except for noon and midnight. (Examples: 3 a.m., 4 a.m., 7:15 p.m., 6:39 p.m.)

  • When numbers are not in ages, addresses, times or something of that sort, spell out numbers zero through nine and use numerals for 10 and up. (If you’re going over 1 million, you may want to consult the stylebook.)
  • When you write a road name, only abbreviate Avenue, Boulevard and Street (and not other types of roads) IF there is a numerical address attached to it. (For example, College Avenue, but 123 College Ave.)
  • Only abbreviate a month if there is a date with it. (For example, Christmas is on Dec. 25. Or, Christmas is in December.) And not all months are abbreviated.
  • Don’t use “Dr.” unless the person is a medical doctor.

Consult the AP Style Cheat Sheet or your stylebook for other situations, or feel free to email me with questions or ask me if we are in class. If you have an older version of the stylebook, some things may be outdated, but much will be the same.

Don’t forget to follow AP Stylebook on Twitter and Facebook. (These link to the AP Stylebook’s pages.)

Make sure you read “Chapter 1: Changing Concepts of News” in “Writing and Reporting News: A Coaching Method” by Carole Rich before class Thursday. And, if you are going to complete Cleaning Your Copy — this is optional — you must send me the course report before class on Thursday.

See you Thursday!