The AP Stylebook consists of many different sections. The main section is the A to Z listing of styles that is accepted within the journalism industry. The next few sections are Business Guidelines, Sports Guidelines and Style. These are reference sections for journalists in those specialties. The other sections contain more information on the general standard for punctuation, photo captions and editing marks.
With the arrival of social media in the industry, the 2010 AP Stylebook has created a new Social Media Guidelines section. It includes information on tools such as, Facebook and Twitter. The section also describes how to apply social media to work and how to verify sources through them.
In addition, the 2010 AP Stylebook contains 42 new entries related to social media. For example, app, blog, RSS, click-through, etc., are all new entries.
The AP stylebook is not just updated annually in print, but also available alternatively. The 2010 AP Stylebook is now available as an iPhone and iPod touch app . As well as being available online in full.
Popularity of the AP Stylebook allowed its way into social media. Facebook includes many groups called “The AP Stylebook is my Bible”. The AP Stylebook also has a Twitter account, where simple questions on AP style can be answered. Learn more about the AP Stylebook on social media with the links above.