December 19, 2019
/ by Rocky Parker
See the original post on Beyond Bylines.
Is one of your New Year's resolutions to boost your AP Style knowledge? Same here.
Here's a list of rule reminders to help answer some of the most common style guide questions.
Looking for more AP Style help? Make sure to read through past editions of our AP Stylebook recaps. If you have a Stylebook license, make sure also to check out the recent Impeachment Inquiry Topical Guide.
This term refers to “education strategies that give parents the option of enrolling children in schools other than the assigned district public school, often using public funding.”
Since casualties can refer to either deaths or injuries, the term generally should be avoided. Ask for more detail if the term is used by the authorities. If no other specifics are available, be sure to make this clear.
Covering dangerous or traumatic events can take a toll on reporters' mental health. The International Journalists Network has some helpful tips for protecting yourself physically and mentally in these situations.
Achilles tendon does not require an apostrophe, but Achilles’ heel does.
Some additional health-related rules:
October’s Twitter chat was all about apostrophes. It started off with a reminder that this punctuation mark should never be used to make a word plural – something I came across many times during my years of proofreading press releases.
Here are some of the other tips:
Monotheistic deities like God, Allah, the Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, etc. should be capitalized. The proper names of pagan and mythological gods also should be capitalized — Thor, Aphrodite, Zeus, etc.
Pronouns referring to the deity (him, thee, who, etc.) should be lowercase.
Livestream and livestreaming should be written as one word, no hyphen.
Which version of “versus” should you be using? According to AP Style, it depends on the situation:
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