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    In the latest AP Stylebook: Singular they, 'fake news' and hyphenless Walmart

    Fake news has finally made its way into the AP Stylebook.

    The 2017 edition of the Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law came out Wednesday, and the latest version includes a number of changes that show both the evolution of language and the times we live in.

    For instance, there's a new entry on fact checks and fake news. Here's the first half of it:

    fact checks, fake news

  • Storytelling


    With AP Social Newswire, The Associated Press makes a foray into user-generated content

    The Associated Press has become the latest news organization to get into the user-generated content game, announcing on Tuesday the launch of a new service called AP Social Newswire.

    The new service works with the platform SAM to find, vet and verify content generated by users on social media and elsewhere. AP customers will be able to embed that content into their work. The feed will offer UGC on international and regional coverage as well as trending topics.

  • Tips/Training


    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:

  • Storytelling


    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:

    Lowercase in referring to a political philosophy.

    democratic socialism
    Sen. Bernie Sanders' self-described political leaning, akin to European democratic socialism.

  • Storytelling


    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 research, I realized that it was a good tip — and definitely the best one I ever got from an orthodontist."

  • Career


    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 added in the statement.

    The Associated Press will begin a search for Carroll's successor, which is slated to conclude by the beginning of the year.

  • Innovation


    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 of the minor leagues:

  • Tips/Training


    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 and explain what it means when you do use it.

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