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The Associated Press Stylebook (1980)

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Textbook, No Comment. ( )
  wodenthewanderer | Apr 2, 2013 |
This is the manual with the ring binder
  bookwick | Oct 11, 2012 |
This style guide is perhaps the third (or maybe fourth) choice amidst what is out there, but it is a standard. In the end it all comes down to what the instructor is expecting (and they will often tell you.) After that it mostly depends on your profession and personal taste. Any of them (Chicago, MLA, APA, or AP) are instructive in the they lay out that particular style and you know exactly what you're doing (just as long as you are consistant.) ( )
1 vote rampaginglibrarian | Sep 20, 2009 |
If you need a guide for how to write to journalistic standards, this is definitely one place to go. The version I read, while very informative, was published before the widespread acceptance of the thing we now call the Internet, and as such, it's computer technology section may seem a bit dated.

The only thing that bugged me was that they didn't use the spelling "lede" for the introductory statements of a news story, and as a former newspaper editor, this threw me for a loop when I saw it spelled "lead." Every time I saw it, my reading flow just slowed down, as if lead (that is plumbum) were handed to me, instead of a lede.

Other than my hangups with using jargon where appropriate, this book should be used as a standard with respect to editing wording. However, if you're a writer of fiction, this book should be used more as a guideline, and not as a hard-and-fast styleguide. I mean, you wouldn't necessarily be abbreviating state names in your writing, now, would you? ( )
1 vote aethercowboy | Feb 4, 2009 |
This manual is organized like a dictionary with many words, government agencies, acronyms, and standard resources given. This manual is used in the publishing industry, especially for newspapers and periodicals. It is of use to the aspiring author. ( )
  drj | Dec 29, 2008 |
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More people write for the Associated Press than for any newspaper in the world, and writers have bought more copies of The AP Stylebook than of any other journalism reference. With this essential guide in hand, any writer can learn to communicate with the clarity and professionalism for which the Associated Press is famous. Fully revised and updated, this edition contains over 5,000 A to Z entries--including more than 50 new ones--laying out the AP's rules on grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, abbreviation, and word and numeral usage. Comprehensive and easy to use, The AP Stylebook provides the facts and references necessary to write accurately about the world today: correct names of countries and organizations, Internet language and search techniques, language to avoid, common trademarks, and the unique guidelines for business and sports reporting. The final word on media law, The AP Stylebook also includes an invaluable section dedicated to crucial advice on how writers can guard against libel and copyright infringement. The veritable "journalist's bible," this is the one reference that working writers cannot afford to be without.With more than 50 new entries plus updates of more than 100 others, The AP Stylebook includes such features as:An A to Z listing of guides to capitalization, abbreviation, spelling, numerals, and usage* Internet guidelines* Sports guidelines and style* Business guidelines and style* A guide to punctuation* Supreme Court decisions regarding libel law* Summary of First Amendment rules* The right of privacy* Copyright guidelines* Proofreaders' marks

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