Does style matter? You decide
Most news outlets follow the AP Stylebook. Often, newspapers also have a style guide that addresses local nuances too. Some newspapers, like The New York Times, adopt their own stylebooks that deviate a bit from AP. In any case, style provides consistency for readers. If you think readers don’t notice, read this column by Clark Hoyt, The New York Times Public Editor.
You also may be wondering how AP Style is determined. The Associated Press has a committee of a few editors who are charged with updating the stylebook. They get many queries from journalists, readers, students and professors. For insight into how they operate, read this Q and A produced by the Public Relations Society of America.
After working on group stylebook projects and reading these pieces, tell me whether you think AP style matters and why. In the age of quick information published online, is it still important to follow style rules? Why or why not? Finally, tell me which AP Style rule you won’t have any trouble remembering now that we’re five weeks into the semester. And tell me which style rule you are struggling with? Post your comments in the appropriate sections below before class on Thursday, Feb. 11.