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AP Style alert: Don't capitalize internet and web anymore

Associated Press editors announced a new stylebook change Saturday ahead of a session at the annual American Copy Editors Society's conference — the 2016 stylebook will lowercase the words "internet" and "web." "The changes reflect a growing trend toward lowercasing both words, which have become generic terms," AP Standards Editor Thomas Kent told Poynter via email. The changes … Read More
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How the AP busted an international seafood slavery racket

Journalists at The Associated Press knew that labor abuses in Thailand's seafood business were an awful but open secret. They wanted to tell the story of an industry rife with human trafficking, abuse, slavery and murder. And they wanted to make the world pay attention. The best way to do that was to find those captives and follow the fish … Read More
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AP: Use of 'pussy' and 'batshit' OK under certain circumstances

Associated Press Standards Editor Tom Kent wrote Monday about a recent rally for presidential candidate Donald Trump and two words that came up during and after that might have given some journalists a pause. When someone at a Donald Trump rally last month shouted that Ted Cruz was “a pussy,” Trump repeated the word into the mic. A few … Read More
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First lady is 'not an official title' and other tips from AP's 2016 Election Guide

The Associated Press' 2016 Election Guide is out, with reminders on familiar terms and the correct way to use them. For instance: democratic socialism Sen. Bernie Sanders' self-described political leaning, akin to European democratic socialism. first lady Not an official title, always lowercase. press secretary Seldom a formal title and thus lowercase. rank and file (n.), rank-and-file (adj.) … Read More
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Covering MLK: Former AP reporter's memoir looks at taking the beat no one wanted, at least at first

Kathryn Johnson, now 88, was new to the Associated Press when the civil rights movement first took hold in the South. In a new memoir, "My Time with the Kings: A Reporter’s Recollections of Martin, Coretta and the Civil Rights Movement,” Johnson writes about covering the Kings. I knew the Atlanta bureau wanted no women on its staff. Sit-ins, … Read More
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AP: Don't use the term 'militia' in Oregon standoff, try 'armed ranchers'

Members of the group occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters hug after Ammon Bundy, center, left, one of the sons of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, spoke with reporters during a news conference Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, near Burns, Ore. The group calls itself Citizens for Constitutional Freedom and has sent a "demand for redress" to local, state and federal … Read More
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Lou Ferrara leaves AP for Bankrate.com

Lou FerraraAfter 10 years at The Associated Press, Lou Ferrara will start a new job next week: chief content officer of Bankrate.com. Ferrara said he took the job because it's a larger role and focuses on personal finance — a passion of his since he started his career as a business reporter. Ferrara, most recently AP's vice president for … Read More
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With money from Knight, the AP will create standards for data journalism

The Associated Press will receive $400,000 from the Knight Foundation, Knight announced Wednesday. The money will go toward spreading the use of data journalism and creating a set of standards that will be included in the 2017 AP Stylebook, according to a press release, "focusing on style, ethics and standards. Additionally, it will create an online portal where … Read More
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Virtual reality news is becoming a reality in many newsrooms

A story doesn't POINT you there, it PUTS you there. In a sense, a story is a form of transportation. It lifts you from where you are reading and carries you to another time and another place. Roy Peter Clark may not have been thinking about virtual reality when he wrote about the differences between a story and a … Read More
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The AP Stylebook is now an interactive e-book

The Associated Press announced Wednesday that its bible of style, The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law, is now an e-book. At more than 5,000 entries, the 2015 AP Stylebook is the biggest edition in its more than six decades of publication. The e-book makes it faster and easier to find a relevant style rule. Now … Read More
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AP announces the formation of a new branded content department

The Associated Press AP announced the formation of a new branded content department on Wednesday. Named AP Content Services, the multimedia department will use video, photo and other storytelling techniques for creating packages for brands. The department exists independent of the newsroom and does not involve any editorial staff. According to Paul Caluori, Global Director of AP Digital … Read More
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The AP uploaded a lot of history to YouTube

The Associated Press The Associated Press announced Wednesday that it's "bringing more than 1 million minutes of digitized film footage to YouTube" in partnership with British Movietone. The videos, from AP Archive channel and British Movietone's channel, stretch back to 1895. Showcasing the moments, people and events that have shaped the world, it will be the … Read More
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AP editor: 'It’s not every day that we help get hundreds of slaves freed.'

In this May 16, 2015, photo, former slave fisherman Myint Naing, left, is embraced by his mother Khin Than, second left, as his sister Mawli Than, right, is overcome with emotion after they were reunited after 22 years in their village in Mon State, Myanmar. Myint, 40, is among hundreds of former slave fishermen who returned to Myanmar following … 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