AP Stylebook to news writers what butter is to cooks

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According to the Associated Press (AP) Stylebook, website is website. Not Web site or web site or any other combination that you’ve seen in print.

E-mail, by the way, remains e-mail and Internet continues to require capitalization, says the book.

If you’re wondering what the AP Stylebook is, and you are a writer of any sort, I recommend that you consider buying it. If you write news releases, story pitches or any other kind of communication aimed at journalists, and you do not own a Stylebook, you need to get one right away. They are a requirement at Boise-based Joanne Taylor PR.

The AP Stylebook is to a news writer what butter is to a cook–an essential ingredient. It is the usage guide for most newspapers and pubic relations offices throughout the U.S. If you can’t afford the book, use Google or Wikipedia. Most of the guidelines can be found through search. Also helpful is AP’s online Ask the Editor FAQ.

Once you start using AP style guidelines, you’ll see improvement in your work. So will those who read it.


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