AP Style: Did You Know…

Did you know that according to the Associated Press there are eight states that are never abbreviated in datelines or text? Or that AP style always lists examples in  italics making it unclear as to what words should or should not be italicized?

After spending some time researching the Stylebook, we thought it would be fun to provide you with some interesting facts and tips for a quick brush-up on your AP style knowledge.

To reference the above, the eight states that are never abbreviated include Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Ohio, Texas, and Utah. And, even though the AP Stylebook writes out examples in italics, AP style never uses italics in text. For instance, titles of newspapers and magazines are never italicized. In fact, the only time you will see something written in italics is if the AP style book is giving an example.

Below are the rest of the style tips that we think are worth noting:

Dashes vs. bullets: AP style uses dashes not bullets.

Regions of a state: Lowercase the region of a state – for example: central Mississippi. However, in a widely known region, capitalize both the state and region – for example: Southern Florida.

Time span: It is preferred to use a dash to separate time (10-2 p.m.) as opposed to the word – to.

Acronyms: Only in a news story can you start a sentence with an acronym. For instance, NASA launched a new aerospace program today.

Headlines: According  to AP Style, the first word, proper nouns and proper abbreviations are capitalized in headlines (this includes newswriting and blog content).

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