All writers, regardless of their audience, can benefit from knowing AP style.
For the writers who’ve spent the past year—or longer—covering the 2016 presidential election, these tidbits might now be second nature. For PR pros who aim to do a bit of Election Day newsjacking or delve into the realm of political writing, there can be a tough learning curve when it comes to correctly conveying official titles, party affiliations and legal terms.
No matter who becomes the 45th president of the United States, both major-party nominees—Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump—are expected to deliver speeches tonight. One will (hopefully) concede defeat, and the other will speak about a vision for the nation.
To help you prepare, here are a few notable items regarding political terminology, per the editors of the AP Stylebook:
Setting the scene