AP Postpones Changing Style On State Abbreviations
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Posted by: Jack Lail
Associated Press has decided to postpone plans to change its style on
abbreviations, pending further review.
will continue to use state abbreviations in datelines and stories. We
continue to use Canadian provinces in datelines.
had proposed, as of May 15, spelling out the names of U.S. states in all
stories and datelines where a city is followed by a state name. We had
proposed dropping the practice of including names of Canadian provinces
intention was to create a consistent and universal style for
well as domestic use. We appreciate feedback we have received from
will continue to review the proposed style changes.
(There also is a change in international datelines coming May 17, 2010.)
May 17, The Associated Press will restore country names to these
datelines: Bogota, Colombia; Copenhagen, Denmark; Frankfurt, Germany;
Kabul, Afghanistan; and Oslo, Norway. In addition, the province name
will be added
for Ottawa, Ontario.
changes were based on editors’ judgment that some international cities
get higher reader recognition when paired with their countries in news
49 international capitals and cities will continue to stand alone in
Amsterdam, Baghdad, Bangkok, Beijing, Beirut, Berlin, Brussels, Cairo,
Djibouti, Dublin, Geneva, Gibraltar, Guatemala City, Havana, Helsinki,
Kong, Islamabad, Istanbul, Jerusalem, Johannesburg, Kuwait City, London,
Luxembourg, Macau, Madrid, Mexico City, Milan, Monaco, Montreal, Moscow,
Munich, New Delhi, Panama City, Paris, Prague, Quebec City, Rio de
Rome, San Marino, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney,
Toronto, Vatican City, Vienna and Zurich.