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Is it all about the titleAs I stated last week I am going back to the basics on AP style with HMA’s #TipForTuesday.

This week is all about the use of titles.

Another mistake I notice from time to time is the incorrect use of titles. Summarized from the Associated Press (AP) Stylebook: "capitalize titles when they precede an individual’s name and if it falls after, the title should be lowercase.”

Examples:

Correct: Publisher Ray Schey

Incorrect: publisher Ray Schey

Correct: Ray Schey, publisher

Incorrect: Ray Schey, Publisher

The main exception to this rule is when a title is used before a name, but there is a comma between the title and the name, do not capitalize the title.

Example:

It was great to meet the Phoenix Business Journal’s new publisher, Ray Schey, at the 2014 Business Leadership Event.

In addition, when the title stands alone or comes after a name, they are not capitalized or abbreviated.

Examples:

The governor will not sign the bill into legislation.

The mayor attended our graduation event last week.

What do you think is the biggest challenge when it comes to properly using titles when you are writing?

Rachel Brockway
Rachel Brockway
Senior Account Executive Rachel is a native Arizonian, who enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, playing tennis, reading and social media. She’s a busy mom and is passing the idea of volunteerism onto her son. Check out Rachel's Full Bio

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