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  1. AP STYLEBOOK Chapter 7 - How to write like a journalist – part 3 Dr. Mims – 3rd period Journalism 2013-2014

  2. What Is “ap style?” • AP = Associated Press • AP Style – a standardized way of writing everything from dates to street addresses to job titles • Was developed and is maintained by the associated press

  3. What is an “ap stylebook” The “AP Stylebook” is a collection of instructions on how to write certain terms and phrases so that all journalists are writing in the same format around the world.

  4. Why do I need to learn the “ap style?” • It is absolutely necessary to be familiar with this style to be a journalist. • While most “research” papers may require you to use the “MLA” style, even colleges are going to the “AP Style” for citing works and uniformity. • Not writing using the “AP Style can affect your job.

  5. ap style – numbers & percentages • Numbers: • One through nine are generally spelled out • Numbers 10 and above are written as numerals • Example – he carried five books for 12 blocks. • Percentages • Are always expressed as numbers followed by the word “percent” • Example - the price of gas rose 5 percent

  6. ap style – job titles • Job titles are generally capitalized when they appear before a person’s name, but lowercase if after the name • Dr. Pancoast is the CCA principal. • Mr. Jones is a doctor.

  7. Ap style – ages & dollar amounts • Ages: • Ages are always expressed as numerals – He is 15 years old. • Dollar amounts: • Dollar amounts are always expressed as numerals with the “$” sign in front. $5 $15 million $15.5 billion

  8. Ap style – street addresses • Numerals are used for numbered addresses. • Street, Avenue, & Boulevard are abbreviated when used with a numbered address. Otherwise they are spelled out. All other words are spelled out (Drive, Terrace, Circle, etc.) • Route or Road are never abbreviated. • Examples: • He lives at 123 Main St. • His house is on Main Street. • Her house is on Elm Road.

  9. Ap style - dates • Date are expressed as numerals. • The months August through February are abbreviated when used with numbered dates. • Never abbreviate: • March, April, May, June or July • Months without dates • “Th” is never used • Examples: • The meeting is on Oct. 15. • She was born on July 12. • It is muggy from March to November.

  10. AP style – film, book and song titles • Generally these are capitalized and place in quotation marks or italicized. • Do not use quotation marks with reference books or the names of newspapers or magazines. • Examples: • I love the “Star Wars” movie series. OR I love the Star Wars movie series • She read “War and Peace. • I used the Encyclopedia Britannica to complete the research project.

  11. the “ap stylebook” index • Forward …………………………………… iv • What’s New……………………………… v • Stylebook Key………………………….. vi • Stylebook………………………………… 1 – 308 (alphabetized) • Business Guidelines ………………… 309 - 330 • Sports Guidelines and Style……… 331 - 351 • Guide to Punctuation ……………… 352 - 363 • Briefing on Media Law……………. 364 - 406 • Editing Marks ……………………….. 407 • Bibliography …………………………. 408 - 409 • About the AP …………………….… 410

  12. Your challenge for the day • Complete the “AP Stylebook” scavenger hunt. • It is worth 30 points.