A bit rusty on the basics of AP style? We’ve got you covered. Our latest writer webinar shows you how to avoid common AP style mistakes!
Most of us are familiar with the common tenets of AP style, but if you’re like us, a quick refresher is always welcome. This week, Editorial Analyst Kate Garklavs and Copy Editor Doris Kwan touched on some commonly made AP style mistakes (using numerals instead of written numbers, using serial commas, etc.) and how to avoid them.
You can view the webinar in full right here. If you’re occupied at the moment and unable to watch, here are the key takeaways:
- Numbers: Spell numbers one through nine and use Arabic numerals for numbers 10 and higher. Zero is always spelled.
- Dimensions: Use numerals to describe dimensions such as height, width and length. (This also applies to temperatures, speeds and distances.)
- Italics: Never use italics in AP style!
- Titles: Almost all titles should appear in quotation marks. Do not capitalize articles unless they’re the first or last word in a title.
- Serial Commas: Lovely though they are, serial commas are not used in AP style (with a few exceptions).
- Hyphens: Use hyphens to create compound modifiers, but do not hyphenate compound modifiers in which the first word is an adverb or ends in -ly.
The presentation also covered updates to the writing and submission processes–skip ahead to 15:15 to learn more about these exciting improvements.