Have you ever wondered how the Associated Press got to make all the grammar rules for journalists across the world? Why do they get to decide whether I write website or Web site in my article? Why can I say teenager but not say teenaged?
No matter what my thoughts are, the AP Stylebook is important to the journalism world. Each year a new addition comes out with new changes, and it is important for journalists to stay on top of the changes. Since I have been in college, MySpace has become a lesser used source than Facebook and Twitter was developed. These are used in many stories and journalists need to have a blanket, common way to reference them.
The AP Stylebook also includes text/IM abbreviations, such as G2G (got to go), BRB (be right back) and POS (parent over shoulder). I thought there was a different meaning for POS, but that is another story. AP Stylebook, you are just so young, hip and internet savvy. I'm impressed! Maybe parents should get ahold of this book to understand their children's texts, or maybe they should just go to UrbanDictionary.com.
AND just incase you were wanting to freelance write about the teenager you met in your backyard while promoting a policymaker's online fundraising event in the Midwest, you need to look at this chart for the new spelling changes...
I think that is enough style for today. At my internship at Hillcrest Hospital, I have been working on stories for their next newsletter going out. One of my stories is on their Wellness Center and how to burn calories by doing daily chores. Stay tuned if you want to fit back into your skinny jeans!
Until then, TTYL, BRB and G2G.