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The Associated Press Stylebook 2009 (Associated Press Stylebook & Briefing on Media Law) [Paperback]

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June 9, 2009 0465012620 978-0465012626 Forty-third Edition

The style of the Associated Press is the gold standard of news writing. With The AP Stylebook in hand, you can learn to write with the clarity and professionalism for which the Associated Press is famous. Fully revised and updated, this new edition contains more than 3,000 A to Z entries—including more than 200 new ones—detailing the AP’s rules on grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, abbreviation and word and numeral usage. New entries include anti-spyware, high-definition, iPhone, outsourcing, podcast, text messaging, social networking, snail mail, WMD and Wikipedia.

You’ll also find answers to such widespread questions as:

• How should bankruptcy and mergers and acquisitions be covered?
• When should the names of government bodies or businesses be spelled out and when should they be abbreviated?
• What are the general definitions of the major religious movements?
• Which companies do the big media conglomerates own?
• Who are all the members of the British Commonwealth?
• What constitutes “fair use”?
• How should box scores for baseball games be filed, and how should sports terms like minicamp and wild card be used
• What exactly does the Freedom of Information Act cover?

With invaluable additional sections on the unique guidelines for business and sports reporting and on how you can guard against libel and copyright infringement, The AP Stylebook is the one reference that all writers, editors and students cannot afford to be without.

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The Associated Press ( is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. Founded in 1846, AP today is the largest and most trusted source of independent news and information. On any given day, more than half the world's population sees news from AP.

Product Details

  • Series: Associated Press Stylebook & Briefing on Media Law
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; Forty-third Edition edition (June 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465012620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465012626
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Paper Better Than On-line December 1, 2009
I am a copy editor and writer who uses the AP Stylebook all of the time, and while I usually think on-line books are better than paper, the AP on-line was making me nuts. The on-line version is very difficult to use - doesn't bring up entries for the most basic searches - and not very user-friendly. The updated paper version is way better. It has extensive information on the use of numbers, IT language, a must-have section on punctuation, independent and dependent clauses, serial commas, etc. It is quick and easy to use to find answers for such usages as continuously or continually, effect or affect. The punctuation section alone is worth the price, and the Stylebook has improved my copy editing immensely. I recommend using for editors who must use several different style guides. Create a spreadsheet with your most common style guides and uses (serial commas, punctuation questions, IT word spellings, capitalization rules, etc.) and pull the information from your AP Stylebook for quick reference. This spreadsheet will improve your copy editing time and keep you from confusing styles.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a great source for anyone writing for news September 29, 2009
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This is the news desk bible for AP style. The only problem with this edition is they have gotten rid of the spiral bound option. Its nice to have a copy stay open while you are writing.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but... August 1, 2009
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This book is always helpful and is really well written. The only negative is that it is not spiral bound like previous issues.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential September 4, 2009
Chances are if you are looking to buy this book it is because you have to; not because you are being forced to buy this book, but rather because the AP style book will become a natural extension of you throughout your writing career. While one hand is typing away the other will be flipping though the pages of the style book. The AP Stylebook is one of the few books I never packed away after college and that I use on a daily basis. In the PR/journalism business there is no substitute.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By S. Khan
Honestly, this stylebook won't improve your writing, what it will do is bring clarity and consistency to your work and make others take your work seriously. A must for journalists, bloggers and freelancers, the stylebook will help clean your copy. The punctuation section at the end is extremely helpful and the reason for giving this stylebook four stars instead of five, is that this amazing stylebook keeps changing (which ofcourse is a good thing). So skip the book and subscribe to the online edition which updates as soon as AP makes any changes or adds a new entry.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Handy Writing Tool August 28, 2009
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I really like how this book is written. It is a guidebook for writers when it comes to being accurate and honest in the stories that they write on a regular basis. I know that it has come in handy for me when I have written comments or blogs of my own so that it keeps me honest in my writing habits.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great reference, but with one minor error August 13, 2009
By Mitty
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I have long used the AP stylebook at my workplace (I work in the editorial department of a magazine). This book, the most recent version, includes 200 new entries, several of which are Internet related. As with the previous editions, it includes sections on sports, media law, punctuation, business guideilnes, and editing marks.

One minor error that appears in the book is under the Twitter entry. The entry states that the verb form of using Twitter is "Tweet" or "to Tweet." AP has since issued a correction, stating that "tweet" should be lowercase. I originally learned of this correction in the Grammar Girl podcast (, and this is noted in podcast #175's transcript.

Other than that small error, this continues to be a great reference that I use almost daily.
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3.0 out of 5 stars AP is Overrated February 15, 2014
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Everyone advertises that you must know AP style, but it also includes liability and laws related to reporting. Since you need to know AP, this is a good start. Not hard to digest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book
so good that i let a friend borrow it and never got it back. haha. invaluable. you need this if you're in doubt about ap style.
Published 2 months ago by Robert Larocca
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD UP-TO-DATE VERSIONS
Yea. But definitely keep up to date on this one. Styles changing constantly. Don't recommend buying older versions unless you are doing research on writing styles.
Published 4 months ago by mgRobbins
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn how to report succintly.
I would purchase a newer edition if writing professionally, but this 2009 edition helped me become a more intentional communicator.
Published 11 months ago by Ben Idle
5.0 out of 5 stars my editing bible
Love this book! It's my go-to guide for editing and it's always nearby. Definitely a must have for any editor.
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It wasn't bad for a textbook... It did the trick and was exactly what we needed for class... not to bad of a read
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This book is a "must have" for journalists of any stripe. I have chosen to follow AP Style, with rare exceptions, for the Christian magazine I edit. Read more
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A must have for all journalists, writers and bloggers. I started using the AP Stylebook back in 1990 when I began working as a reporter for a newspaper and it has sat next to my... Read more
Published 17 months ago by K. Austin
4.0 out of 5 stars Just another AP book
It was a required book for me to get for my uni classes. It's just a plain AP style book. It came in good condition, though it's soft cover so it's now all frayed in the corner. Read more
Published 17 months ago by chi
2.0 out of 5 stars The Associated Press Stylebook
Don't like. Dictionary style, no good explanations of style for someone that does not know the ropes. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Lorraine Schwartz
5.0 out of 5 stars the book is really nice
It's really good it looks like a new book

but I was surprised because I found that book in my small mailbox.

it was stuck in small box .. Read more
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