Getting into Associated Press style online

By DEBORA RUBI

The Economist (http://www.economist.com/research/StyleGuide/)  site provides links to the Associated Press style guide according to the rules followed by the journalists working at the publication. The site is divided by specific sections of do’s and don’ts, titles, hyphens, and titles.

While all of this can be found in an AP Stylebook,  It is easier, and cheaper for those without a book, to find a specific query through following the specific links than going through a difficult glossary in a book.

Also, with the article already being written online, the transfer from the article to the AP Stylebook is quicker as one does not have to go away from the computer but can keep everything within the same screen.

Aside from typical writing usage rules to follow, the site gives writing tips for aspiring or current writers to follow when writing articles to help make the writing more crisp and concise. The writing tips include commonly mispronounced and misused words, syntax, and words and phrases to avoid.

The tips are provided in alphabetical order which not only makes for a more interesting read but also makes it easier to find the information again upon returns to the page.

If looking through rules and tips becomes a bit tedious, the user can take a break by taking the online quiz provided online, helping to get an interactive learning session for new writers or writers that may have forgotten some of the basics.

The quiz (in which I scored 9 of 12) then provides links to the rules found within each question. So taking the quiz not only judges where you stand but allows for further growth by giving a thorough explanation as to why the answer is the best choice possible.

On the right hand side are useful links for writing including George Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language” and links to a dictionary, including books of American and British usage.

Constant reading, use and interaction with the site can help to keep simple writing tools in mind to keep writing at its best no matter what the subject may be.

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