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 […]

May you keep proper perspective

MAY you … For the month of May, we are devoting this blog to our wishes for journalists present and future: “MAY you … “ Every day, you will find a tip, a tidbit or a top-of-mind piece of advice we hope will help you now and later On the third day of training for interns […]

Don’t be too casual with your writing

If you text or email from your mobile devices, then you know how easy it is to communicate by making up words, abbreviating words, omitting words and leaving out punctuation — CU@8, for example. This punchy way of talking serves a purpose. It gets the message across on a small screen in a readable way, […]

Start with the basics when editing

In my editing class this week, we went over some common errors that should become second nature for editors to recognize and fix. The exercise was a test, of sorts, to see how much the students remembered from previous stories they edited. Among the errors: Arrested for. It’s a phrase that convicts the person. Instead: […]

How AP style decisions are made

The AP Stylebook is referred to as the bible of the journalism profession. Style brings order out of chaos. Public relations experts, too, rely on the AP Stylebook, especially when they write for media that follow AP style. Find out how style decisions are made and who makes them in this short Q-and-A with two […]