Caustic reactions, pro and con, as AP opts to lowercase ‘Internet’

From fervent denunciations to a tacit ‘What took you so long?’ the online cadre of editors and PR pros are chiming in on the shift, which will occur in June as the 2016 Stylebook is published.

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It’s the end of another era for communicators nationwide: The Associated Press has announced revisions for its 2016 Stylebook.

The “definitive resource for journalists, and a must-have reference for writers, editors, students and professionals” is putting a decades-long debate to rest with one seemingly simple shift:

We will lowercase internet effective June 1, when the 2016 Stylebook launches. #ACES2016

— AP Stylebook (@APStylebook) April 2, 2016

Associated Press editors made this change—and several others—known in their review of the 2016 Stylebook at the ACES conference this past weekend.

Editors, reporters and PR pros tweeted their reactions to Saturday’s announcement. Here’s a sampling of the mixed bag of responses:

“But the youngs don’t capitalize ‘Internet.’ “
” The youngs don’t capitalize ‘Kansas City.’ “

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