Associated Press (AP) Announces New Changes in Tech Terms

24 Mar

By Erin Al-Mehairi, owner Addison’s Compass Public Relations

We both remember distinctly sitting in our Journalism classes (at Bowling Green State University for Tim and Ashland University for Erin, both in Ohio) and having to memorize the AP (Associated Press) Style Book. It was a task, especially when taking numerous other English classes which taught you the complete opposite of your Journalism writing classes in regards to punctuation and so forth! However, it paid off as we both have used it every day in our respective fields, with Tim working in the newsroom and Erin working as a PR professional preparing materials for the media.

Each year AP evaluates new terms and how they’re used and predominately written by people, and though usually strict with their way of writing, do send out several changes a year. Current changes are more often than not with tech terms as technology and its use of writing spirals a mile a minute.

Currently changed as of the end of last week, is one they held fast and firm to for a very long time. They changed the use of e-mail, with a hyphen, to just email. This reflects common usage, as well as does removing the space between the words cell phone, making it cellphone and smart phone, making it smartphone.

These are common words we use every day in writing for the web and will make writing smoother and easier especially in typing on a smartphone or i-pad. Speaking of the web, remember last year the AP changed the ever held Web site to website. It seems one-word, no capitals is the new “in” way to write.

In the AP style book, which can be found in online form and even on your phone in the form of an app for i-phone, lists the definition for emails as such:

email — Acceptable in all references for electronic mail. Many email or Internet addresses use symbols such as the at symbol (@), or the tilde (~) that cannot be transmitted correctly by some computers. When needed, spell them out and provide an explanatory editor’s note. Use a hyphen with other e-terms: e-book, e-business, e-commerce.

Some other common techie terms you may mistake when writing for media are below, written in AP style for your reference:

cyberspace
webmaster
website
Internet
webcast
database
home page
intranet
logoff
online

At Addison’s Compass Public Relations, we take writing in AP Style very seriously. We prepare your press releases, social media releases, articles, and anything else written for the media or web in AP Style. Media love this, it takes them much less time to copy-edit your material and heightens the chances of getting your information published!!

If you have any questions, drop us a line. We’d be happy to help.

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