Associated Press adds 250 entries, new design in annual stylebook update

April 1, 2016 By Tracy Cook Resources

PORTLAND, Oregon — Disc jockeys around the world, rejoice. The Associated Press announced Saturday that effective June 1, DJ will be acceptable on first reference.

Among the changes included in the 2016 version of the AP Stylebook were a new design and the addition of 250 entries, “some of which were fairly small changes,” said Tom Kent, the stylebook’s chief editor.

We will lowercase internet effective June 1, when the 2016 Stylebook launches.
— AP Stylebook (@APStylebook) April 2, 2016

Some of those new entries include:

After the new changes were announced, audience members were given the opportunity to ask questions, two of which are reproduced below:

Question: Have you considered editing all of the numeral exceptions?

Answer: Sort of … but no. We recognize that numerals are overcomplicated. We need to (confer) with our colleagues in sports. I would think in forthcoming stylebooks that’s one thing we’re going to look at. It’s pretty complicated. — Tom Kent

Question: Can you archive the online entries by most current answer?

Answer: We’re discussing a way to make it completely chronological, but a lot of the information in an archive is useful for retracing the development of words and the spelling changes, so I personally am against eliminating material. — David Minthorn, co-editor of the AP Stylebook

Kent said the stylebook is always a work in progress. The 2016 AP Stylebook will be released on June 1.

ACES newsroom member Tracy Cook is a student at the Missouri School of Journalism.

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