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All About AP (kinda) February 3, 2011

Filed under: Topics of the Week — Angela @ 8:48 PM

Associated Press Style is a type of writing that is used across America by newspapers, magazines, and other public relations organizations. It was developed and is updated by the Associated Press (shocker, eh?) news service. It is important for public relations writers because Associated Press is what is used by nearly all of the media. There are several benefits to using the Associated Press method of writing.

1. Since so many news rooms use this style, most readers are familiar with it and can understand it easily.
2. It is typically concise and to the point. This is because newspapers need to conserve space. Besides that, most people do not have the time or desire to sit down and read a wordy news article.
3. This style offers a readable format.
4. Using Associated Press style when preparing a news piece for any given company shows consideration to journalists and helps get stories actually published.

While there are benefits and advantages to every writing style and particularly the Associated Press style, this style tends to confuse many beginning writers. Having just begun to use this style myself, there are a few things that just do not make sense to me. There are several questions many newbies have that are conveniently answered in the Stylebook. Some questions include the following:

1. What about titles?
2. How do I write out dates?
3. What is the format for addresses?

It surprised me just how many people use this style. I have read newspaper and online news articles before, and it never dawned on me that there is a specific format that is used for news stories. Once I thought about, it made sense that there would be, though. I learned that the Associated Press news service is the same organization that issues the Stylebook each year. The Stylebook editors meet in N.Y. to discuss amendments to the book. I would like to have more information on the how’s and why’s of Associated Press because many of their rules do not compute with everything I have been taught grammatically up to this point. But since the media uses this style, I guess I will, too.


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