The 2010 Full AP Stylebook now contains 42 new social media guidelines. The Associated Press Stylebook is traditionally an A-to-Z listing of style that is the general standard for the journalism industry. The book is a reference for consistency and accuracy on points including clarification on topics such as abbreviation, capitalization, grammar, punctuation, spelling, numerals and titles. Now there is an entirely new section devoted to social media, including items like:
Also included is standardization of terms such as app, blogs, click-throughs, friend and unfriend, metadata, RSS, search engine optimization, trending, widget and wiki. Along with these standards, the Stylebook offer basic rules for how social media should (and shouldn’t) be used by journalist.
How did AP up with the changes? They solicited reader suggestions for this new Social Media section and received 237 responses. Did you contribute?
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