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AP: Be specific when using the term 'alt-right'

The Associated Press issued guidance on the term "alt-right" on Monday, recommending that the term itself be used only with context and a look at the group's history and actions. John Daniszewski, the AP's vice president for standards, made the case for getting specific: Avoid using the term generically and without definition, however, because it is not well … Read More
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AP election style tip: First gentleman is not an official title, 'always lowercase'

One week before the presidential election, the Associated Press has a topical guide devoted to election terms and idioms. Here are a few examples, including alt-right, a new addition: conservative Lowercase in referring to a political philosophy. democratic socialism Sen. Bernie Sanders' self-described political leaning, akin to European democratic socialism. alt-right A radical off-shoot of … Read More
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How an AP reporter took down flossing

When an orthodontist asked the reporter if he wanted a good story idea, the reporter, of course, said "yes." Jeff Donn, a national writer with The Associated Press and 2012 Pulitzer finalist, was doubtful, at first, about that tip from his son's orthodontist: There's no solid evidence that flossing actually works. "But when I started to look at … Read More
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AP's Rio style guide: Olympiad is confusing, 'best to avoid...'

The Associated Press published a timely style guide Monday ahead of the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The games, which begin on Aug. 5, are not synonymous with the word Olympiad, for instance. Best to avoid as the term can be confusing. It is not a synonym for the Olympics. It is a period of … Read More
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Kathleen Carroll, the AP's top editor, will step down

Kathleen Carroll, the executive editor at The Associated Press and its top editorial staffer, will retire at the end of the year. She has led the AP for 14 years. In a statement, Carroll said her departure will allow time for "family events," including her son’s college graduation in the spring. "Plus, sleeping in on weekdays for a while," she … Read More
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The Associated Press will use automated writing to cover the minor leagues

The Associated Press will begin using an automated writing service to cover more than 10,000 minor league baseball games annually, the news cooperative announced Thursday. The Associated Press, which routinely covered some minor league stories through the 2006 season, will produce the stories using technology from Automated Insights and data from MLB Advanced Media, which is the official stat-keeper … Read More
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AP advice on Brexit: 'Use sparingly and explain what it means when you do use it'

The Associated Press pulled together a style guide for the Thursday vote in Great Britain on whether to remain part of the European Union or to leave. Here are a few Brexit-specific terms: Brexit Shorthand for "British exit" _ the possibility of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union after the June 23, 2016, referendum. No quotation marks. Use sparingly … Read More
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Here's what the AP Stylebook says about when to capitalize names, titles

In honor of the Associated Press Stylebook changes on capitalizing internet and web (lowercase starting today), here are some other guidelines for capitalization. One rule of thumb to guide you: In general, avoid unnecessary capitals. Proper and Common Nouns Capitalize proper nouns and proper names: John, Mary, Nelson, Facebook. Capitalize common nouns such as party, river and street when … Read More
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AP Stylebook 2016 updates include normcore, kombucha and emoji ('plural: emojis')

Today's the day we officially stop capitalizing internet and web, according to the April announcement from the Associated Press. It's also the day that the 2016 Associated Press Stylebook comes out. Some additions and updates (which double as a great guidebook for extraterrestrials, should any ever need help figuring us out): claim This verb implies doubt, and its … Read More
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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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