Two big summits are taking place in the U.S. this weekend. The G-8 summit kicks off Friday at Camp David, Md., and the NATO summit begins Sunday in Chicago.
Here are some editing tips on these two groups and events surrounding them:
- AP uses protester, not protestor.
- Occupy movement is just so - capitalize Occupy but not movement.
- Don’t capitalize summit after NATO or G-8. If you’re tempted to do so, replace summit with meeting in your mind, and then capitalization doesn’t make sense – e.g., the board Meeting, the G-8 Meeting.
- G-8 is hyphenated, and 8 isn’t spelled out. The term means Group of Eight, but you don’t need to include the full name.
- NATO is all-caps, and you don’t need the full name of this either. (The full name being North Atlantic Treaty Organization.)
- Chicago is a dateline city.
- With Camp David, on first reference also include Md. Or you could write "Camp David in Maryland." Note that Camp David is not a city, it's a military installation.
- NATO has 28 member states in North America and Europe. There are 22 countries that participate in NATO's Partnership for Peace program.
- G-8 has eight members, obviously. They are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.
- Some of the G-8 countries recently have chosen new leaders, so make sure you’re up to date on who they are:
Canada: Prime Minister Stephen Harper
France: President François Hollande
Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel
Italy: Prime Minister Mario Monti
Japan: Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda
Russia: President Vladimir Putin
United Kingdom: Prime Minister David Cameron
United States of America: President Barack Obama