AP What??

February 3, 2011 at 1:24 pm (Comm 4333 Topics of the week)

AP style is the journalist’s way of writing. This style is used because in newspaper writing, ever inch of text is another inch of text that could have been used for advertising. It is important to shorten and abbreviate whenever possible and by doing so, you are saving the company money. This style became an journalism industry standard in an effort to have a clear and consise way of writing across the board.

Let me tell you, this is a headache and a half. AP style is always changing due to new lingo and phrases being introduced every year. Social media has shortened a lot of words to adhere to the changing english language. The AP stylebook has been a helpful tool to go to whenever you are in doubt about a word, or punctuation. Once you get used to AP style, it’s a breeze.

One of the most difficult part of AP style is the rules for numbers. Whenever you are typing an address or telling an age, always make sure to type the digit instead of spelling out the number regardless if the number is fewer than nine. This is confusing because in any other case, the a number fewer than nine is to be spelled out.

Another very confusing rule in AP style would be the names and titles. I am farmilliar with using a person’s first and last name the first time they are referensed in an article, and then using the last name only after that. Where it gets tricky is when formal and academic titles are introduced into the story. Also, it’s hard to refrain from commas. AP style changes some normal english rules when listing items. The last comma is now removed due to saving some room during publication. I am a writer who loves commas and I use them as often as I pause in speaking.



  1. asghaly said,

    AP is for sure a headache and probably more than a half! I do not understand the reasons or logic behind AP. I just know I have to use it. Therefore, I am attempting to learn it. The good thing about AP is that it is short and to the point. In this day and age, brevity is something that most people value, especially in the media world, where time is scarce. While it is confusing, I’m sure it just takes time to get accustomed to. God bless, Angela

  2. msweaver28 said,

    I agree with you completely when you say that AP style can be a headache. It does make sense though if you are trying to make room for more advertisements. I guess AP style is just something that we all are going to have to accept and learn well if we are going to succeed in PR.

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