The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law , usually called the AP Stylebook , is an English grammar style and usage guide created by American journalists working for or connected with the Associated Press over the last century to standardize mass communications. Although it is sold as a guide for reporters, it has become the leading reference for most forms of public-facing corporate communication over the last half-century. The Stylebook offers a basic reference to grammar, punctuation and principles of reporting, including many definitions and rules for usage as well as styles for capitalization, abbreviation, spelling and numerals.

The first publicly available edition of the book was published in 1953 and was updated biennially over the next 20 years. Today the AP Stylebook is updated annually (usually in June). On September 28, 2009 the Associated Press released the first mobile edition of the Stylebook for the iPhone—the AP Stylebook app. In 2013, Associated Press publisher's celebrated the book's 60th anniversary (edition numbers are no longer used). The first Basic Books edition was published in August 1977. [1] [2] Modern editions are released in several formats, including trade paperback , flat-lying spiral-bound , an online subscription and an iOS mobile app.

Writers in broadcasting, magazine publishing, marketing departments and public relations firms traditionally adopt and apply AP grammar and punctuation styles. Over the last 50 years, the AP Stylebook has become a leading style for non-journalistic publishers such as corporate marketing and public relations departments. Its simplified grammar, such as dropping the Oxford comma and using figures for all numbers above nine, saves scarce print and web space.

The PR Styleguide: Formats for Public Relations Practice.


The PR Styleguide: Formats for Public Relations Practice.

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