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The Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual Paperback – May 21, 1998
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Providing direct distinctions between similar words, the correct spelling of commonly-misspelled words, and the politically-correct use of dangerous words, the AP stylebook delineates specific style rules for virtually every journalistic possibility. Set up in a dictionary-style format, the manual's general stylebook lists everything from the perils of "a" versus "an" to the preferred usage of ZIP codes.
Following the stylebook are the more specific sections dealing with sports and business style, both also set up with A to Z listings, including usage and spelling. Although sports writing info may be confined to the needs of the sportswriter, the business section is helpful for those who take interest in corporate designations and definitions of stock market terms.
Finally, just before the manual switches from the absoluteness of style to the murky legal waters of the libel section, comes, in my opinion, the pièce de résistance-A Guide To Punctuation-music to the ears of syntax-psychos and grammar-Nazis, alike.
Starting with words of wisdom from what the AP refers to as "a bible of writers," "The Elements of Style," this portion is eleven pages of invaluable knowledge for any writer, regardless of profession, and is arranged so succintly that even children can access its information for their own use.Read more ›
For example, say you're writing a news story on the latest rumors surrounding a high political official. Is this person "indiscreet" or "indiscrete"?
If you have your trusty AP Stylebook handy, you'd soon discover the correct term is "indiscreet." The Stylebook gives the proper spelling and usage of each word, so you won't choose the wrong one -- and risk having to run a correction in the next day's paper.
The AP Stylebook is an indispensible reference tool for anyone in a writing profession.
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If you write in a newspaper environment, you know the AP stylebook is a must. The AP stylebook and libel manual was written specifically for newspaper journalists. Read morePublished on September 3, 2008 by Kathryn Esplin
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