GateHouse News Service editor Lisa Glowinski discusses some of the rules people are buzzing about.
News on changes coming in the 2010 AP Stylebook have been making their way across Twitter, the AP wire, even Columbia Journalism Review. Notable:
-- A proposal to spell out the names of U.S. states in stories and datelines and dropping the names of Canadian provinces in datelines is now under review. Keep abbreviating!
-- "Web site" is now "website" -- this change went into effect April 16. Also, "webcam," "webcast" and "webmaster," but "the Web," "Web page" and "Web feed."
I came up through the ranks as a copy editor, and I'm always a little unnerved when AP makes a drastic style change -- these seem to contradict "the old" rules. I understand and agree that language has to change with the times, but when our guidelines do a 180 turn, what are the use of guidelines anyway? What do you think?
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