2012 AP Stylebook adds fashion, expands social media sectionMay 30, 2012
At nearly 500 pages, the AP Stylebook continues to evolve to meet the diverse needs of writers and editors. Used in newsrooms, classrooms and corporate offices around the world, the Stylebook now includes:
• The ABCs of fashion terminology, from A-line to zoot suit. The guidance aims to demystify commonly used terms and will set the standard for the language used to describe looks from the runways of New York and Paris to the aisles of big-box retailers near you. Samantha Critchell, AP’s fashion writer who led creation of the new chapter, has covered fashion for 12 years and runs https://twitter.com/ap_fashion on Twitter, which boasts nearly 200,000 followers.
• An expanded social media chapter with up-to-date terminology and practical advice on how to use social media tools for reporting. It was shaped by several AP journalists around the globe who are proven leaders at using social media to aid in newsgathering, including Social Media Editor Eric Carvin, West Regional Desk Editor Carson Walker, Hawaii News Editor Oskar Garcia and London-based Senior Producer Fergus Bell.
• A new broadcast chapter shaped by veteran broadcast editor Barbara Worth. It defines significant vocabulary and offers best practices in creating radio, television and online video content.
• AP’s full statement of news values, rather than the abridged version.
• More than 270 new and updated entries, including revisions to Stylebook listings on age, race and Olympics, as well as updating the definition of “hopefully,” to allow the modern usage meaning it is hoped.
The AP Stylebook editors will be answering your questions about the new book in a Twitter chat on https://twitter.com/apstylebook today at 2:30 p.m. EDT. And join them May 31 at 2:00 p.m. EDT, for a Google Plus “hangout.” http://bit.ly/v95NE0.
The AP Stylebook is available in print, online and on mobile.
Stylebook Online includes Stylebook listings, plus an “Ask the Editor” feature and profiles of 125 publicly traded companies by Capital IQ. Users can add their own entries, make notes and get notifications throughout the year when AP’s editors add or update listings.
Stylebook Mobile, for iPhone and BlackBerry, contains all the content from the spiral-bound Stylebook, with the ability to search, add personalized listings or notes and mark your favorite listings for easy reference. This year’s iPhone app will also be optimized for iPad. The 2012 Stylebook Mobile apps are expected to be available in June.
The new print edition and online subscriptions can be ordered online at http://www.apstylebook.com. Mobile apps are sold via iTunes and BlackBerry App World.
The new spiral-bound Stylebook costs $16.75 for member news organizations and college bookstores and $20.95 retail. Stylebook Online prices are $26 for individual subscribers for one year and $16 for news organizations that are AP members. Prices for Stylebook Online site licenses are based on the number of users.
AP works with two technology companies to provide electronic checking of AP style, and both are being updated to reflect the latest guidance in the 2012 edition. Tansa offers an AP Stylebook module for its proofing tools, which work with newsroom production systems. StyleGuard, powered by Equiom Linguistic Labs, is a plug-in for Microsoft Word that reviews documents for AP style.
Updated regularly since its initial publication in 1953, the AP Stylebook is a must-have reference for writers, editors, students and professionals. It provides fundamental guidelines for spelling, language, punctuation, usage and journalistic style. It is the definitive resource for journalists.
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