Celebrating a Century of Scholastic Journalism Education

JEA Centennial

CELEBRATING A CENTURY OF SCHOLASTIC JOURNALISM EDUCATION
Celebrating a Century of Scholastic Journalism Education

JEA Centennial

Celebrating a Century of Scholastic Journalism Education

JEA Centennial

Our 100 lists of 100: AP Style Rules

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Adviser, not advisor! Editor-in-chief, not editor in chief! Here are 100 AP Style rules to review.

1. Adviser, not advisor.
2. No Oxford commas.
3. Space once after a period.
4. Time uses a.m. and p.m.
5. Use noon for 12 p.m. and midnight for 12 a.m.
6. Do not add nd, rd or th to dates. December 2, not December 2nd.
7. Age is always a number.
8. Avoid use of the word that.
9. Money is always a number, written in this style” $50.
10. Book titles, movies, TV shows, plays and songs are put in quotation marks. Don’t underline, bold or italicize.
11. Gray, not grey.
12. Only use said when attributing a quote.
13. Most times, punctuation will go inside the quotation marks.
14. Don’t use courtesy titles like Mr., Miss or Dr. Instead, provide a descriptive title.
15. After the first reference, only use the person’s last name.
16. Farther is a physical distance, further is time-related.
17. Don’t use articles in headlines.
18. Don’t do this: NHS (National Honor Society).
19. Toward, not towards.
20. Use $ when writing about money.
21. When writing about two people with the same last name in a story, always use their full name.
22. High school teams are made of boys and girls, not men and women.
23. Cellphone is one word.
24. Editor-in-chief uses hyphens.
25. Something can’t be first annual until it has happened more than once.
26. Fort, not Ft.
27. Don’t abbreviate March, April, May, June or July.
28. Avoid redundancies such as “ATM machine.”
29. All right is two words. Never alright.
30. OK. Not okay or o.k.
31. Alumni is a group of individuals, not an single person.
32. Fewer is used when comparing individual items. Less is used with quantities.
33. Half-staff is on land, half-mast at sea.
34. One suffers an injury, one does not receive one.
35. African-American is acceptable for Black people of African descent, though Black is acceptable, too.
36. When writing about the president’s wife, the first lady, the title is not capitalized.
37. Goodbye is one word.
38. Kleenex is a brand name, use facial tissue when the brand is uncertain.
39. Midwest is capitalized.
40. A principle is a rule or standard, a principal is a person who runs a school.
41. Super Bowl is two words.
42. Valentines Day doesn’t have an apostrophe.
43. World Wide Web is capitalized. Website is not.
44. Aboveboard is one word.
45. Achilles tendon and Achilles’ heel are written differently.
46. Afterward, not afterwards.
47. Only use “ain’t” in quotes.
48. Amid, not admist.
49. Bed-and-breakfast is written like this.
50. Biweekly means every other week.
51. Bona fide is two words.
52. Bull’s-eye is written this way, though not capitalized.
53. Bullpen is one word.
54. You might see a Canada goose, but not a Canadian goose.
55. Canceled has just one “l.”
56. Can’t hardly is a double negative. Use “can hardly.”
57. Car wash is two words.
58. Chain saw is two words.
59. Don’t scratch: chickenpox is one word.
60. Citywide is one word.
61. Colorblind is one word.
62. Commander in chief has no hyphens.
63. Day care is two words.
64. Capitalize Satan, but not devil.
65. Drugstore is one word.
66. Earbuds and earphones are each one word.
67. Election Day is capitalized, Election Night is not.
68. Email is written like this, but only capitalized if the first word of a sentence.
69. ER is OK if you’ve already used emergency room first.
70. Once a brand name, escalator is now a generic term.
71. Farsighted is one word.
72. The term first family is always lowercase.
73. Do not use gentleman as a synonym for man. Or lady for woman.
74. When one is a good Samaritan, only Samaritan is capitalized.
75. Always lowercase grand jury.
76. Don’t capitalize heaven.
77. The plural of hero is heroes.
78. Homepage is one word.
79. Horsepower is one word.
80. Avoid hypertension, use high blood pressure.
81. Judgment only has one “e.”
82. Kitty Litter is a brand name, cat litter is not.
83. Always lowercase kosher.
84. Civil lawsuit is redundant.
85. A speaker stands behind a lectern but on a podium.
86. Life span is two words.
87. Magazine titles are not placed in quotation marks.
88. Mail carrier is preferred to mailman.
89. Lowercase moon.
90. Never-ending has a hyphen.
91. Write No. 1 title, not #1 title.
92. No one is two words.
93. Off-site has a hyphen.
94. Onboard is one word.
95. Presidents Day doesn’t have a hyphen.
96. Screen saver is two words.
97. Fall is a season, autumn is not.
98. Seat belt is two words.
99. Sledgehammer is one word.
100. Tattletale is one word.

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