AP STYLE BOOTCAMP

A guide to accompany your Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law, 2010

DATES / MONTHS
    See p. 184 Capitalize names of all months Only abbreviate when there's a date, too Only abbreviate months with more than seven 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. 266

DATELINE
    See pp. 79-80 City name in ALL CAPS Major US cities need no state listed Abbreviate states as described on p. 266

NUMBERS , NUMERALS
    See pp. 201-203 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. 190 Use first & last name on first reference Use last name only on second reference

COURTESY TITLES (MR., MRS., ETC.)
   See p. 74 No courtesy title on first reference No courtesy title on second reference

TITLES (FORMAL TITLES)
  See pp. 278-281 Use lowercase unless immediately before name

ALSO SEE AP STYLE BOOK FOR
     Academic titles (p. 3) Composition titles (p. 67) Legislative titles (p. 161) Military titles (p. 180-182) Religious titles (p. 244)

PUNCTUATION!
    See "A Guide to Punctuation" chapter, pp. 363+ Use standard, American punctuation rules in most cases Use one space after a period, pp. 371-372 Pay special attention to commas (esp. in a series), pp. 366-368

SOCIAL MEDIA
 Entire section devoted to social media in 2010 edition, pp. 314-319

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