Learning and mastering The Associated Press style and proper grammar can be a daunting task for the young journalism student. Many students have had unfortunately lax training in the area of grammar and AP style.
From the early years of elementary school, students were raised on the tunes of Schoolhouse Rock. The catchy jingles of Grammar Rock are from where many students, often through high school, draw their grammatical tools.
This prompts the question, are young journalism students prepared to enter the profession? Is there a grammar gap from the early basics of primary school to the scientific ways of the AP Stylebook?
Many university departments of journalism and mass communications are even considering grammar courses. Betsy Edgerton, a professor of journalism at Columba College Chicago, has recently published a blog discussing a lack of grammar education prior to entering college. She also mentions many universities, including the Universities of Wisconsin Madison and Eau Claire, which are considering adding grammar courses as requirements to many journalism and mass communications programs. She argues that a more sound set of grammar skills are in high demand in the job market for young journalism and mass communications professionals alike.