Despite the unrelenting contraction of the newspaper industry, the Associated Press continues to evolve its style manual. The recently released 2012 AP Stylebook shows the news agency is committed to remaining relevant. The nearly 500-page tome contains new glossaries of fashion terms and broadcast terminology, updated entries on age and race, and an expanded chapter on social media use, practices and tools for reporting.
Beyond the new entries - and an interesting debate the Stylebook has ignited by endorsing use of the word hopefully as something other than an adverb (insert audible disgust here) - the manual remains a rather rigid rulebook on the do's and don'ts of news writing and grammar. But in an age when anyone with a blog and an axe to grind is a "citizen journalist" and our language is swirling its way down a text-filled toilet (:-0), does it really matter if we abbreviate state names in accordance with norms established by the Associated Press? In this writer's opinion, yes. And here are a few reasons why.
The new Stylebook is available in print and online, and a new iPad compatible app is expected later this month. What are your favorite tips, quirks, annoyances regarding AP Style?
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