June 25, 2020
/ by Rocky Parker
See the original post on Beyond Bylines.
It's time for another quarterly check-in of AP Stylebook updates. With many changes happening throughout the world, there are changes to style guides to reflect them.
Here's a recap.
Previously, AP Stylebook lowercased black and white. But after discussing the rule, it was updated last week so that Black is now capitalized. Both the L.A. Times and BuzzFeed also recently updated their style guides to capitalize Black when referring to people of the African diaspora, and their identity and culture.
Just a reminder that no hyphen is needed when referring to dual heritages: African American, Asian American, etc.
Black and white should not be used as singular nouns. For plurals, the correct usage would be Black people, white people, etc.
The terms biracial and multiracial are acceptable when relevant but are usually more useful when describing large, diverse groups as opposed to individuals.
Although climate change and global warming are used interchangeably, climate change is the more accurate term that describes the effects of increasing levels of greenhouse gases. It includes extreme weather events.
Global warming, the increase of average temperature around the world, is one aspect of climate change.
You should not refer to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act as a stimulus, a stimulus package, etc.
The measure was passed to replace money lost in the collapse of the economy, rather than to stimulate demand.
The correct terms are Sweet 16, Elite Eight, and Final Four.
ICYMI: The NBA season will restart in July, and some of the journalists covering the games may be sequestered at Walt Disney World along with the athletes for several months.
Use terms that can apply to any gender: search instead of manhunt, police officer instead of policeman, or door attendant instead of doorman. If a word or term seems to emphasize one gender over another, try to use a substitute.
Always capitalize and abbreviate the following titles before a name: Dr., Gov., Lt. Gov., Rep., Sen., and certain military ranks.
All other titles should be spelled out.
AP Style is to only include one space after the period (or other punctuation) at the end of a sentence. No social distancing between sentences is needed.
Microsoft Word recently updated to mark two spaces after a period as an error.
Always use numerals in monetary units like 18 cents, a $100 bill, or 9 pounds.
When writing millions, billions, trillions, etc., use figures: 1 million homes; $8 trillion.
The 55th edition of the Stylebook was released on May 27 and was dedicated to Nick Jesdanun, who was AP’s deputy technology editor and worked on new technology entries for the updated Stylebook. He died of COVID-19 shortly after finishing his work.
The technology entries include:
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