· Any number below 10 is spelled out
· Any number above 10 is written as a numeric
· Exception: dates
o Jan. 9, 2014
· Ages: always use numerals
o She is a 9-year-old girl
o The girl was 9 years old
· Measurements , distances, and money always use numerals
o 5 inches
o 20 miles
o $5.60, 5 cents
• Do not treat states like postal abbreviations, many are different
• The following are the state abbreviations in AP Style:
• Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Ohio, Texas, Utah, District of Columbia are not abbreviated
• Using states: I live in Savannah, Ga.
• In datelines: Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
• The party is in January
• The party is Jan. 2
• AP Style does not use the Oxford comma
o NO: I like books, food, and cats
o YES: I like books, food and cats
• In quotations, commas, periods, and other punctuation go INSIDE the quotations
• Lay v. Lie
o Lay, laid, laid (to put/place an object)
o Lie, lay, lain (to rest or recline-no object)
• Most organizations do not use acronyms on first mention, so they should be spelled out then abbreviated if they are commonly recognized
o 1st mention: National Institutes of Health
o 2nd mention: NIH
• Composition titles
o Magazines and newspaper titles do not have quotation marks. Capitalize the articles a, an, the.
o Books, TV shows, movies all have quotation marks. See style book for exceptions.
• When in doubt, look it up!
• If you are a journalism or public relations concentration you should invest in an AP Style Guide