Ap guide to news writing
The Associated Press Guide to News Writing by Rene J. CapponAssociated Press Guide to News Writing is a short manual of style for writing news stories and contains good tips for writing in general. Ernest Hemingway claimed he learned to write from the advice his editor gave him. With any luck, a book like this will help you write clearer prose. Here are a half-dozen guidelines writing rules from the first twenty some-odd pages:
1. Writers should ask themselves three questions before letting go of a story: (a) Have I said what I intended to say? (b) Have I put it as concisely as possible? (c) Have I put things as simply as possible?
2. Strong writing relies on nouns and verbs. Use adjectives, adverbs, anything else sparingly. Remember that the verb, particularly in the active voice, is the ringmaster of the sentence.
3. Prefer the short word to the long.
4. Prefer the familiar word to the fancy.
5. Prefer the specific word to the abstract.
6. Use no more words than necessary to make your meaning clear.
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The Basics of Associated Press Style
One of the first things a student in a beginning journalism course learns about is Associated Press style or AP style for short. AP style is simply a standardized way of writing everything from dates to street addresses to job titles. Learning AP style is certainly not the most exciting or glamorous aspect of a career in journalism , but getting a handle on it is absolutely necessary. Because AP style is the gold standard for print journalism. A reporter who never bothers to learn even the basics of AP style, who gets into the habit of submitting stories filled with AP style errors, is likely to find himself covering the sewage treatment board beat for a long, long time. It can be purchased at most bookstores or online.
AP Cheat Sheets and Additional Study Guides
It covers magazine writing, too. If you're new to news writing or switching from one to another, you'll want to keep this AP cheat sheet handy and refer to it when in doubt. The most familiar capitalization rules are:. The AP Stylebook entry for numerals is deceptively short. A close look reveals plenty of rules hiding among the cross-references. The most common are:. For the most part, AP style follows the same rules of punctuation taught in grade school.
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