Journalism Professors

Did you know the AP Stylebook is available to your students in three different ways?

AP Stylebook We update our spiral-bound Stylebook every year, adding new listings and updating existing ones.

The 2015 edition of The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law includes about 300 new or revised entries, including a Sports chapter that is updated with terms on baseball, basketball, football, horse racing, soccer and winter sports.

For the first time, an 85-page index has been added to the back of the Stylebook to help users more quickly find words and definitions.

Changes in the 2015 Stylebook include:

  • Sports updates ranging over baseball playoffs, basketball’s NCAA Tournament, horse racing, injuries, Olympic Games, race distances, soccer tactics and titles
  • New guidance on covering suicide in news reports. The phrase “committed suicide” should be avoided except in direct quotations from authorities because it may imply an illegal act. Alternate phrases are killed himself, took her own life or died by suicide.
  • Global warming can be used interchangeably with climate change.
  • New or revised entries on the Affordable Care Act; animal welfare activist; autism spectrum disorder; Ebola, execution-style; justify; obscenities, profanities and vulgarities; One World Trade Center; and privacy.
  • Nearly three dozen new entries, ranging from amaretto to tsimmes, in the Food chapter, and more than a dozen in the Fashion chapter, from Manolo Blahnik to Alexander Wang.

At more than 600 pages, the AP Stylebook is widely used as a writing and editing reference in newsrooms, classrooms and corporate offices worldwide.

You can also request a desk copy by filling out a quick, easy form.

AP Stylebook Online The AP Stylebook Online is a fully searchable version of the AP Stylebook with online-only bonus features. As AP updates its style throughout the year, users can get email updates and easily review the new entries and recent changes section online.

Subscribers can submit questions via "Ask the Editor" and search thousands of previously answered questions in the archive. Pronouncers include phonetic spelling of hundreds of words as well as audio files so you can hear the right way to say names in the news.

Rates are based on the number of users, with pricing available either for individual named users or based on the number of concurrent users on a specified IP range. The price per user decreases with more users and can be more affordable than traditional books.

As the administrator, you can enter your own style entries or add notes to AP’s listings and all your students will be able to see your additions.

Email us to request a free 30-day trial of the Stylebook Online to evaluate it for your classroom use.

iPhone app The AP Stylebook mobile application features searchable listings for the main, sports, business, punctuation and social media sections, along with the ability to add your own custom entries as well as notes on AP listings. Star your favorite entries to easily find the listings you go to over and over again.

With the iOS app, compatible with the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, you can take the AP Stylebook with you anywhere. The content is identical to the printed book, with the added functionality of search and personal notes, so your students who use the app will get the same style guidance as those using a spiral-bound printed Stylebook.

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