September 26, 2019
/ by Rocky Parker
See the original post on Beyond Bylines.
It's time for another quarterly review of recent AP Stylebook rule changes and reminders. In this edition, we'll cover a range of topics, from LGBTQ terms to controversial hyphen rules to clarification on deepfakes.
Make sure to check out past editions of our AP Stylebook recaps.
AP Stylebook posted a topical guide for the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. Here are a few of the reminders:
In states with legalized marijuana, budtenders interact with customers at dispensaries.
However, terms like "employee" or "staff member" are generally sufficient. Budtender can be used in quotes or informal mentions.
In a popular Twitter chat on June 25, AP Stylebook offered highlights from its new health and science chapter. Here are a few of the tips for reporting on scientific studies:
Summer officially ends next Monday, Sept. 23, but that doesn't mean summer-related terminology won't come up in your writing until next year. Here are a few helpful terminology reminders:
The AP Stylebook Twitter handle led a 30-minute chat on July 31 dedicated entirely to hyphens. Keep in mind that the use of hyphens may differ depending on style or taste.
These were a few AP Style reminders that stuck out:
To prepare for back-to-school season, AP Stylebook posted a topical guide with refreshers on common education terms, and also held a Twitter chat on Aug. 20.
The AP Stylebook recently updated its guidance for the Ukrainian capital to match the government’s preferred spelling and its increased usage.
Stories should reference the former spelling of Kiev.
Also, the food dish is still chicken Kiev.
Written as one word, deepfakes are defined in AP Style as “manipulated video or other digital representation produced by sophisticated machine-learning techniques that yield seemingly realistic, but fabricated, images and sounds.”
In related news, Poynter recently broke down four new terms for describing misinformation and online deception.
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