AP STYLE BOOTCAMP

A guide to accompany your Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law, 2009

DATES / MONTHS
• • • • See p. 181 Capitalize names of all months Only abbreviate when there's a date, too Only abbreviate months with more than 7 letters

ADDRESSES
• • • • • • See p. 4 Only abbreviate Ave., Blvd. and St. when with a numbered address Spell out all others (i.e.: Road) Use figures for house number Use periods in P.O. Box Abbreviate states as described on p. 262

DATELINE
• • • • See pp. 77-78 City name in ALL CAPS Major US cities need no state listed Abbreviate states as described on p. 262

NUMBERS, NUMERALS
• • • • See pp. 197-199 Spell out one through nine Use digits for 10 and higher To start a sentence, spell out a number OR rewrite sentence

NAMES, TITLES
NAMES
• • • See p. 186 Use first & last name on first reference Use last name only on second reference

COURTESY TITLES (MR., MRS., ETC.)
• • • See p. 72 No courtesy title on first reference No courtesy title on second reference

TITLES (FORMAL TITLES)
• • See pp. 276-277 Use lowercase unless immediately before name

ALSO SEE AP STYLE BOOK FOR
• • • • • Academic titles (p. 3) Composition titles (p. 65-66) Legislative titles (p. 158) Military titles (p. 177-179) Religious titles (p. 240)

PUNCTUATION!
• • • See "A Guide to Punctuation" chapter, pp. 352+ Use standard, American punctuation rules in most cases Pay special attention to commas (esp. in a series), pp. 355-357

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