The ABCs of understanding AP Style

So you’ve started exploring the world of public relations and now you keep hearing about this thing called “AP Style”, now what? Well, don’t worry. AP Style may seem intimidating and new when you first begin writing, but once you get used to it writing in AP Style will become second nature.

Here are a few tips to help you as you write those assignments for class in AP Style:

A is for ALWAYS DOUBLE CHECK if you are not sure. Not sure how to abbreviate that state name or how to write out that numerical value? Don’t be afraid to double check in the AP Style book to make sure that you are writing it correctly. It’s better to take a few seconds to double check your work that to write something inaccurately.

B is for BUY THE AP STYLEBOOK. I personally got mine of Amazon. It wasn’t expensive at all.  It has become somewhat of a lifeline as I venture through PR classes. Owning the stylebook is a worthwhile investment and will even be required for some of your classes in the PR curriculum. Buy the stylebook early on in your college career so that you are used to navigating it as you get into the harder classes. Owning the stylebook will also help you become more and more familiar with AP Style.

Source: Apstylebook.com

Source: Apstylebook.com

C is for CAREFULLY PROOFREAD YOUR WRITING. A lot of the requirements for writing in AP Style are small details and very easy to miss if you aren’t careful. Be sure to proofread your work more than once to ensure that you didn’t miss any of these small details. Don’t be afraid to ask a peer who is familiar with AP Style to review your paper or make use of resources on campus such as the Writing Center.

In summary, if you are new to AP Style, don’t stress. It takes some getting used to but it is nothing to lose sleep over.

Check out the AP Stylebook Website for more information and links to where you can buy the stylebook.

Andrea Mellendorf
Chief Financial Officer
EMU PRSSA
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