AP style on hot topics: ‘fake news,’ ‘alt-right’ and more

When crafting a statement in response to a political issue or writing about such controversial themes as gender, xenophobia and more, follow these tips.

More and more, today’s communicators must offer statements about political and societal trends and events.

Whether you’re in that position or are writing about a controversial topic, these AP style tips can help ensure you avoid linguistic pitfalls and don’t stoke cultural flames.

Data journalism for PR pros

AP Stylebook released its 2017 edition in May, which includes about 200 new or revised entries, along with an entire chapter on data journalism.

In a press release, AP Stylebook wrote:

Data journalism has become a staple of reporting across beats and platforms, no longer reserved for specialists. Government agencies, businesses and other organizations all communicate in the language of data and statistics. To cover them, journalists must become conversant in that language.

The importance of understanding and interpreting data doesn’t only fall to journalists.

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