When to Effect a Change in Your Grammar

With so many nuances and tricks to remember within the English language it’s easy to make a mistake.  Following a previous blog entry with AP Style guide tips, I wanted to add a few more tips for writing challenges that everyone can struggle with at times.

How does grammar effect how a news release is read, or will it affect it at all? Read the rest of this entry »

Is your pitch newsworthy?

In the past I have written about ways to revamp your style when it comes to pitching. However, it might also be helpful to clarify how to write a pitch that is actually newsworthy  for journalists to consider. In the article 11 Things that Journalists Consider Newsworthy, written by Brad Phillips, he explains what topics are newsworthy enough to catch a reporter’s eye. Read the rest of this entry »

New Year’s Writing Resolution

With the New Year underway, many individuals are still making resolutions for their personal and professional lives. One thing everyone can stand to work on is improving fundamental skills such as writing. In the article 3 Unusual Exercises to Improve Your Writing in 2012, author Laura Hale Brockway gives a few examples on how to change up your process and improve your writing. Read the rest of this entry »

Social Media is Now AP Style Approved

As a public relations practitioner, I tend to do everything by the book…the AP Stylebook that is. I can’t turn it off, everything I read: menus, brochures, websites, etc. I will find things that go against AP style and my eye begins to twitch. When the communications field enters into new frontiers, AP style tends to follow suit and determine how we should reference these new mediums. Whether it’s the new dot-com era with words like Internet, World Wide Web and website (formerly Web site), or the newest type of media – social media.

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That Which We Confuse

Just adding another quick AP Style tip to the collection.  That and which are often confused.  Here are some things to remember when you’re torn between the two.

  • THAT should be used to introduce a restrictive clause.
  • WHICH should be used to introduce a non-restrictive or parenthetical clause. Read the rest of this entry »

Dangling Modifiers

Editing is always a must, but occasionally a line or two escapes an editor – misplaced modifiers in particular.  These can even been comical; changing the meaning of the sentence entirely.

So what is a dangling or misplaced modifier?  A modifier is a word, a phrase or a clause that changes the meaning of other words by adding description or precision.  Modifiers can act as adjectives or as adverbs. Read the rest of this entry »

Who vs. Whom

I have some more grammar tips for you today!  After reading this, you will have no excuse for mixing up who vs. whom in your writing.  We rarely hear whom used in speech today (aside from when you call your grandmother) so it’s difficult to know exactly when to use it in a written sentence. Read the rest of this entry »

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