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AP Changes Rules for State Names in Stories

On Wednesday, April 23, the Associated Press announced it has changed the rules for how to format state state names in stories written in AP Style. 47 more words

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AP Style Issues

AP Style is one of the greatest tools ever invented for PR and Communication professional. However, it can be a real pain to navigate and remember all of the rules sometime. 418 more words

Public Relations

Some thoughts after your first couple of news stories

  • We write using one-sentence paragraphs.
  • We avoid all references to Eureka High School. Why? Our publication is about EHS, so EHS implied.
  • We write in active voice, not passive voice.
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Why I Don't Worry About (Beer) Journalism

I used to be a servant to deadlines – my ball and chain the ink-stained notepads and pens scattered across my desk. My boss? An editor who would take my writing and will it into submission. 1,050 more words

Beer

Convo typos

Imagine my dismay to see so many AP style and other errors in the JMC spring 2014 convocation packet. Oh dear. Apparently they didn’t pay attention to these kinds of things in JOUR 61, MCOM 100W, or PR 190. 61 more words

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AP the Enemy

Abbreviate. Do not italicize. Do not use commas before conjunctions. Do not use passive voice. Avoid semi colons. Never use parenthesis.

What is a creative writer’s worst enemy? 201 more words

Journalism

Public Relations professionals take on many different identities. Their most necessary alter ego? Journalists. It’s widely accepted that writing is the #1 skill needed for people working in PR, but it’s more specifically the skill to write in AP style – the skill to write like a journalist. 283 more words