5 AP style changes PR pros should know

The resource that has become many communicators’ bible is changing the rules by presenting a new image with new terms, fewer capitals and a search-friendly redesign.

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For many PR pros, the AP Stylebook is an oft-referenced (and revered) staple for press releases and other copy.

On June 1, the reference added or revised roughly 250 entries to its 2016 edition, and AP Stylebook’s editors are continually considering new terms:

We don’t have an AP style rule yet, but we will add it to our list for consideration. #APStyleChat https://t.co/kPNkQ4Mzgs

— AP Stylebook (@APStylebook) June 1, 2016

Though many additions and revisions are more apt to be used by journalists reporting current events and breaking news, PR pros should be aware of several changes and features to this year’s edition:

1. The terms “internet” and “web” are no longer capitalized.

One of the biggest—and most debated—changes to AP Stylebook’s 2016 edition is that the once-capitalized “Internet” is now lowercase:

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