So here I am, at it again! I am writing and planning a few more #TipforTuesday blog posts about the correct use of Associated Press (AP) style. As a reminder, the initial thought was to help others, but I found that the reminders were beneficial for me as well. The idea is just some AP tips that we all use on a daily basis, correctly and incorrectly.
Just for quick reference my last five AP Style #TipforTuesday blog posts were:
This week’s blog post is about the use of datelines. We were discussing in our office which cities (quick quiz yourself before looking below) in the U.S. can stand alone and does it automatically become incorrect when the state is used after the city name. Datelines seem to be used incorrectly quite often and yet no one seems to notice or care (well except for Alison in my office).
AP style states that the following cities can stand alone and do not need the state following the city:
We all know “the rule” but how often do you still see: Phoenix, Ariz. or New York, N.Y. or Seattle, Wash.?
But why the continued mistake? Is it simply a lack of knowledge of the rules or when some AP style rules are broken it is just not a big deal?