AP unveils Spanish Stylebook at Columbia J-SchoolNov. 20, 2012
“Language is a reflection of a society, its time and its people. When two planes crashed into the twin towers in lower Manhattan the world changed and so did journalism,” explained Ricardo Reif, a supervisor for the Spanish Service who penned that first memo to his colleagues. "For international news agencies it became vital to deal with strange new terms,” such as Taliban, al-Qaida and Humvee.
The new Manual de Estilo Online de la AP is a robust, Web-based guide to writing well in Spanish. It’s intended for universal use, with a focus on Latin America and the United States, and is optimized for use on mobile devices and tablets.
To mark the occasion, journalists from Univision and NPR joined AP editors for a lively panel discussion about Spanish writing style Monday night at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in Manhattan.
The panel addressed issues ranging from AP’s philosophy on using “illegal immigrant” to social media and entertainment terminology.
The event featured as panelists: Isaac Lee, president of news for Univision Communications Inc.; Edward Schumacher-Matos, ombudsman for NPR and founder of Rumbo Newspapers/Meximerica Media, a chain of four Spanish-language dailies in Texas; Sigal Ratner-Arias, entertainment editor, AP Spanish Service, and Tom Kent, AP’s deputy managing editor for standards and production. Alejandro Manrique, AP deputy editor for Latin America and director of the AP Spanish Service, moderated the discussion.
Watch the Livestream video of the event here: http://bit.ly/UR9urL.
A similar event is planned in Mexico City on Dec. 3.
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