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AP Postpones Changing Style On State Abbreviations

Thursday, May 13, 2010   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jack Lail
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Update: The Associated Press has decided to postpone plans to change its style on state abbreviations, pending further review.  

We will continue to use state abbreviations in datelines and stories. We will also continue to use Canadian provinces in datelines. 

 We 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 also proposed dropping the practice of including names of Canadian provinces in datelines.  

The intention was to create a consistent and universal style for international as well as domestic use. We appreciate feedback we have received from members and will continue to review the proposed style changes.  

The AP

(There also is a change in international datelines coming May 17, 2010.)


Effective May 17, The Associated Press will restore country names to these international datelines: Bogota, Colombia; Copenhagen, Denmark; Frankfurt, Germany; Hamburg, Germany; Kabul, Afghanistan; and Oslo, Norway. In addition, the province name will be added for Ottawa, Ontario.  

The changes were based on editors’ judgment that some international cities get higher reader recognition when paired with their countries in news stories.  

These 49 international capitals and cities will continue to stand alone in datelines: Amsterdam, Baghdad, Bangkok, Beijing, Beirut, Berlin, Brussels, Cairo, Djibouti, Dublin, Geneva, Gibraltar, Guatemala City, Havana, Helsinki, Hong 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 Janeiro, Rome, San Marino, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Vatican City, Vienna and Zurich.  

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