We know journalists are busy, and it can be difficult to keep up with recent AP Stylebook changes. So we’ve done the work for you, rounding up a few of the recent significant — and just plain interesting — updates to the AP Stylebook.
Following guidance from the World Health Organization, you should refer to specific variants by letters of the Greek alphabet as assigned by WHO. Include a brief reference to where the variant was first seen. For example: The delta variant, first detected in India, is more contagious.
Avoid using numbers to describe variants (B.1.1.7., for example) and country labels (the South Africa variant).
Capitalize a military rank when used as a formal title before an individual's name. (I spoke with General John Doe.)
On the first reference, use the appropriate title before the full name of a member of the military. In subsequent references, do not continue using the title before a name. Use only the last name.
Juneteenth (June 19) commemorates the emancipation of slavery in the U.S. It was declared a federal holiday by President Joe Biden.
The AP Stylebook Twitter account held a chat in June with helpful rule reminders regarding travel.
- Spell out Transportation Security Administration on first use. TSA is acceptable on the second reference. Exception: TSA PreCheck is OK on the first reference.
- Sites like Airbnb and VRBO are vacation rental websites. Short-term lodging service is another acceptable term. Don’t call them home-sharing or room-sharing sites.
- Don’t use the terms travel restriction, travel ban, and travel advisory interchangeably. Follow the guidance of the agency issuing the order.
- There’s only one L in cancel, canceled, canceling, travel, traveled, traveling, and traveler. Use two Ls in cancellation.
- The abbreviations mph and mpg are acceptable in all references.
Before the Summer Games kicked off on July 23, @APStylebook held a chat on Twitter. The Tokyo Olympics may be over but take note of these rules for the Winter Olympics (already next year!).
- Capitalize the Beijing Games or the Beijing Olympics. The year always precedes the city and Olympics: 2022 Beijing Olympics. Capitalize Games, even if it’s alone.
- Olympic Village is capitalized, but athletes' village is lowercase.
- Both IOC and the International Olympic Committee are OK on the first reference.
- AP Style recommends avoiding the term Olympiad, since it can be confusing.
- GPA is acceptable in all references.
- There’s no apostrophe in ABCs but do include one in single letter grades (B’s and C’s, for example). Write out A-plus.
- Both blended learning and hybrid learning can be used to describe a combination of in-person and online instruction.
- Schoolteacher is one word but include spaces in grade school teacher and high school teacher. And there’s no hyphen in terms like first grader or first grade student.
- It’s school principal, not principle. Use the old saying, the principal is your pal, to help you remember!
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