Category: AP Style

  • When To Use a Colon in AP Style

    When To Use a Colon in AP Style

    I used to feel pretty confident in my grasp of grammar and style rules, until my first encounter with the Associated Press Stylebook (AP style) and its distinct guidelines. AP style is widely used in journalism and other professional writing, but it can still seem unfamiliar and confusing to uninitiated writers. To make this popular…

  • Rules for Capitalizing Academic Degrees in AP Style

    Rules for Capitalizing Academic Degrees in AP Style

    As a firm believer in the value of higher education, I can appreciate people taking pride in their academic degrees. These credentials are hard-earned, representing significant investments of time, money and effort. It’s understandable for people to want to show them off in capital letters. As an SEO content writer following the Associated Press Stylebook,…

  • Understanding AP Style Numbers

    Understanding AP Style Numbers

    If you want to follow the content writing style used by magazines, newspapers, editors and journalists, then you need to study up on Associated Press style, or AP style. This style of writing is very commonly used in SEO content writing such as business blogging, press releases, eBooks, white papers and more. In the past…

  • Mastering the AP Style Rules for Abbreviations

    Mastering the AP Style Rules for Abbreviations

    I’m a huge fan of abbreviations because they make communication easier and spare me from unnecessary typing. When I’m writing in Associated Press style, though, it sometimes feels like these benefits disappear, since there are so many tricky AP style rules for abbreviations to remember (and occasionally Google, if we’re being honest). To take some…

  • AP Style Elections Topical Guide (With General Political Terms)

    AP Style Elections Topical Guide (With General Political Terms)

    Politics, and especially elections, can spark big emotions that result in writing bias or accidental inaccuracies. To prevent writing mistakes, use this AP style Elections Topical Guide. We include explanations that can help you generate stories about presidential elections in accordance with AP Stylebook rules. A list of recent political terms follows the election guide…

  • How To Use Religious Titles in AP Style

    How To Use Religious Titles in AP Style

    The first time I was assigned to write a piece involving a religious organization, I took extra care to research the proper religious titles for all individuals referenced. As I quickly discovered, there is a staggering variety of religious titles, most of them specific to different faiths and denominations. Fortunately, the Associated Press Stylebook addresses…

  • How To Use Courtesy Titles in AP Style

    How To Use Courtesy Titles in AP Style

    When I worked as a public school educator, students would address me, depending on their grade level, as Mr. Fung, Mr. Henry or Mr. F, that courtesy title Mr. being the lone essential constant. I understood it as a matter of respect and authority, without which the classroom dynamic would collapse. On that front, I…

  • Coronavirus AP Style Topical Guide

    Coronavirus AP Style Topical Guide

    This AP style coronavirus topical guide was created in accordance with AP Stylebook guidelines. The entries listed can help you produce informative and accurate articles about the coronavirus, COVID-19 and associated topics. Coronaviruses There is a virus family known as coronaviruses that include many types of individual viruses. These viruses have spikes protruding from their surface…

  • How Do You Write AP Style Legislative Titles?

    How Do You Write AP Style Legislative Titles?

    Staying on top of what is going on in your national and state legislatures is important to be an informed voter and to be involved in your community. Even if you do not consider yourself politically savvy, chances are high that you may need to write press releases or other online content that mentions members…