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AP style change: Singular they is acceptable 'in limited cases'

For the first time, The Associated Press now permits journalists to use "they" as a singular pronoun. The AP announced the style change Friday at the American Copy Editors Society conference in St. Petersburg, Florida. The change follows years of questions among copy editors, reporters and editors about the use of language specifically about people who are non-binary … Read More
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AP memo: Instead of climate change skeptics, use 'those who reject mainstream climate science'

The Associated Press The Associated Press updated its global warming entry on Tuesday, according to a memo. We are adding a brief description of those who don’t accept climate science or dispute the world is warming from man-made forces: Our guidance is to use climate change doubters or those who reject mainstream climate science and to avoid the … Read More
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15 political clichés journalists should avoid

Politico's Mike Allen, founder of the influential Beltway tipsheet "Playbook," once wrote that those who write in clichés are probably thinking in clichés, too. As news organizations prepare to cover the 2016 election, here are some hackneyed words and phrases they should consider leaving off the campaign bus: New York Times standards editor Philip Corbett weighed in … Read More
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