The best tip in the world : If you hate deadlines, being under pressure and being held acountable - steer far from the field of journalism! --greg burnett
Working under pressure is only half of the problem. not only do you have to get the whole story covered, but in journalism every detail has to be double-checked - if not triple-checked.
Now to the good stuff : A few helpful tips from our AP Stylebook
- Numerals: Recast a sentence that starts with a number.
- Spell out whole numbers below 10, use figures for 10 and above.
- Addresses: Only abbreviate Ave., Blvd., and St., with a numbered address: 2000 S.W. 42nd St.
- All similar words are spelled out: Alley, Drive and Road.
- Datelines: Should contain a city name in capital letters.
- List no state in the dateline with major cities such as Miami, Atlanta, New York and Seattle - several others listed in AP book, sixth edition, page 56
- Courtesy Titles: (Mr., Mrs., Ms., Miss)Generally do not use in text
- Only use Ms. when a preference cannot be determined.
- Months: Always capitalize
- Abbreviate - Jan., Feb., Aug., Sept., Oct., Nov. and Dec., when these months are used with a specific date.
Another lifesaver: Learn the Stylebook that's used where you work -- if not it will cost you loads of time and a fortune in aspirin!
This web site was created by Greg Burnett
Last updated December 3, 1998
e-mail me: firstname.lastname@example.org