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The Relevance of AP Style

For Immediate Release* is a bi-weekly podcast given by Neville Hobson and Shel Holtz on Public Relations and Technology. Today I listened to a podcast from February 1, 2010.

What did you learn?

I learned that there are significant style differences between the United States and Europe, and that there are many different style methods in each country. I also discovered, or at least it came across as such, that style guides are not as important in Europe as in America.

What surprised you?

I was quite surprised by the way both Neville and Shel seemed dismissive of a universal style guide.  Shel in particular who spoke of being quite adept and trained in AP style, recognized and explained that many organizations have different style guides.

I was also quite surprised that some style guides mentioned actually suggested that words be misspelled!

What do you want to know more about?

I would like to know why some style guides have different requirements than others.  Not what differences, but why for instance does the AP style guide require one stylistic method, while other styles offers another, and why in the world would you purposely misspell a word like employee?

*For Immediate Release

Authors: Shel Holtz, Neville Hobson

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