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AP Style

Covering the basics of Associated Press Style
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Charles Twardy

on 28 August 2016

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Carson stated ‘We should eliminate this waste’. The program which cost $495,723,013.25 last year is up for renewal Apr. 21, 2017.
The train left the Anchorage, Alaska, station at 3:00 AM AST, Sunday. After a 3-day journey through the west, it should arrive at 12 PM (Mountain standard time) Thursday.
They say it never rains in southern California, but when Sibley left Los Angeles, CA, on August 25th, it was pouring.
Alicia Headley, 35, moved to Greenville, North Carolina, last October 21, after a twelve-year career with Statefarm in Southern Missouri.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated Martin L. King, Jr., for many years several prominent african-american leaders want to examine it’s files on King.
They moved to Minneapolis, MN, on Nov. 20th, 2015.
COMMAS
President Barak H. Obama visited CIA headquarters in Langly, Va., Aug. 24th, 2016 to meet with agents involved in the January 2nd, 2016 operation.
The NAB announced Tuesday they would move from it's headquarters at 25 DuPont Cir. to a new building on Constitution Ave.
Ernest Thomas Bass, forty-three, said he spent $495 dollars to enroll his son, who is 12-years-old, in the 7-year old program.
Joseph Carlton Smith, forty-six, moved to 3536 Oakley Street in November of last year.
Read over what you’ve written with a critical eye.
DOUBLE-CHECK EVERYTHING
Is it Walmart or Wal-Mart?
DOUBLE-CHECK NAMES
Day of week within one week:

He will make a statement Friday.
She returned the gift Tuesday.
TIME
Use hyphens for ages as adjectives,
or as substitutes for nouns:
A 6-year-old child.
The class is for 11-year-olds.
AGES/HYPHENS
Always use numerals for people:
Jill T. Smith, 23
Fred Q. Rimsdale is 45 years old.
AGES
Rockford, Illinois,
not IL
Cities and States
ASSOCIATED
PRESS
STYLE

But...
She was born in Chicago.
After dependent clauses opening a sentence
An eager student
,

Jones succeeded in class.
Before and after appositives
She cited Lincoln
,

a revered president
,

as an example.
Before “which” but not “that”
Non-restrictive:
The car
,

which is illegally parked
,

will get a ticket.
Restrictive:
The car that is illegally parked will get a ticket.
BUT:
Spell out numbers under 10
for inanimate objects:
The car is seven years old.
BUT NOTE:
The 53-year-old man has a son
who is 25 years old.
But for broadcast: today, this morning, etc.
Month and date within one year:
The president vetoed the bill March 12.
The president took office Jan. 20, 2009.
NEVER: October 21, Nov. 21st.
You want people to get your name right… right?
Not Pet Smart, but PetSmart.
Not Pharell Williams,
LOOK IT UP!
Don’t just look for misspellings and mistakes.
Look for unnecessary words,
throat-clearing, wordy warmups, etc.
They moved to Minneapolis
Nov. 20.
Joseph C. Smith,
46
, moved to 3536 Oakley
St.
in November.
The
FBI
investigated
the
Rev. Martin Luther
King Jr
. for many years
. S
everal prominent
A
frican-
A
merican leaders want to examine
its
files on King.
Ernest T. Bass,
43
, said he spent
$495
to enroll his son, who is
12 years old
, in the
seven
-year-old program.
OR...
Ernest T. Bass, 43, said he spent $495 to enroll his 12-year-old son in the seven-year-old program.
Alicia Headley, 35, moved to Greenville
,
North Carolina
,

Oct. 21
, after a
12-year
career with
State Farm Life Insurance Co.
in
s
outhern Missouri.
They say it never rains in Southern California, but when Sibley left Los Angeles Thursday, it was pouring.
Needles, California
August 25th = Aug. 25
beyond one week
The train left the Anchorage station at
3 a.m.

Alaska Standard Time
Sunday. After a three-day journey through the
W
est, it should arrive at
noon MST

Wednesday
.
"We should eliminate this waste," Carson said. The program, which cost $495 million last year, is up for renewal April 21.
The
National Association of Broadcasters
announced Tuesday
it
would move from
its
headquarters at 25 Dupont
Circle
to a new building on
Constitution Avenue
.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NAB
President
Barack
Obama visited CIA headquarters in
Langley
,
Virginia
, Wednesday to meet with agents involved in the
Jan. 2
operation.
Tomorrow, in the Whitehouse oval office, Pres. Obama will be presenting the Congressional Medal of Honor to marine First Lieutenant Jasper C. Ruiz for the soldier's heroic actions during a battle in 2010 in Afganistan.
President Barack
Obama will present the
Medal of Honor
to
1st Lt.
Jasper C. Ruiz in the
Oval Office
Thursday for the
Marine's
heroic actions during a 2010 battle in Afghanistan.
(we know where it is)
but Pharrell Williams
Print: day of week, not "today."
Broadcast: this morning, tonight, etc.
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