What did reporters do before the AP Stylebook was created? It can be used as a guide for everything…grammar, punctuation and basic practices of reporting. As a journalism student it has saved my life. At my internship everyone refers to it for help. It is considered the standard way of writing. It prevents confusion and repetitive questions and mistakes. But how did it start in the first place? And who is to say that AP editors have to be the ones to update it annually? Other than the obvious title of the stylebook…How come newspapers, social media and news broadcasting networks always are at competition to outdo one another, but no one has attempted to do the same for the AP Stylebook? Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think there should be other competitors, but I am just curious as to how the AP Stylebook attained so much credibility throughout the years and maintained it. Every year they come up with a new edition, which means there are new edits and additions. Don’t people question why those additions weren’t included the year before? All in a sudden it occurs to the editors to think that needs to be added? Or is the process more intricate than I know?
They are now offering AP Stylebook on Twitter to have followers refer to and ask questions. The stylebook encompasses both the skill to be a traditional method of reference and an online resource that has kept up with the trends.
Oh AP Stylebook, I don’t know what people would do without you.