2015 AP Stylebook
2015 AP Stylebook

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.

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