How we can add style to our writing

not teaching,still THINKING … Order out of chaos. That’s what style guides bring to our writing. The go-to resource for journalists is The Associated Press Stylebook. When used properly and regularly, it brings consistency to what we write and to what you read. That means: No distractions about why a word might be hyphenated one […]

6 ways to impress at a new job

If you’re starting a new job or an internship at a news organization, take a moment to learn these six simple ways to stand out as a professional member of the team from Day One. Dress professionally. This doesn’t necessarily mean full-blown business attire. But it does mean dressing appropriately for the position. A reporter […]

Encore: AP users ‘free’ of this comma

This post originally was published July 4, 2011. The Oxford comma still gets people talking. Social media has been a-Twitter over the mistaken notion that Oxford University would be doing away with the serial comma — use of a comma before the word “and” in a series. No matter to anyone who follows The Associated Press style, which […]

Tips to remember key AP Style points

Ah, the sweet aroma of a new AP Stylebook — all that fresh ink on crisp paper. The online version is versatile and useful, too. Love flipping through those pages, though. Regardless of how you prefer to check Associated Press style, here are some tips to help you strive for consistency. Ages Use figures with […]

AP followers still ‘free’ of this comma

Social media has been a-Twitter over the mistaken notion that Oxford University would be doing away with the serial comma — use of a comma before the word “and” in a series. No matter to anyone who follows The Associated Press style, which does not use a comma before “and” in a series. The memory […]

AP’s online style updates a real asset

Style brings order out of chaos. That’s why The Associated Press Stylebook is the go-to source in the journalism profession and why so many organizations adhere to its style guidelines. Big style news yesterday: The AP changed its style from “Web site” to “website.” We first heard the news on Twitter. We were following Tweets […]