Knightly News gives Learning Center and Library Associated Press stylebooks
By Michael Lear-Olimpi
Knightly News Co-Adviser
The Knightly News Media Club @ Central Penn College, publisher of The Knightly News and its podcasts, earlier this month donated copies of the 2017 edition of The Associated Press Stylebook and Guide to Media Law to the two out-of-classroom anchor writing-support facilities at Central Penn.
Club members presented one copy of the book to each the Charles “T” Jones Leadership Library and to the Learning Center.
“The library has at least one copy of the manual, but we had a couple of extra copies of the stylebook, and I thought the library could use an additional stylebook as a resource for COM and students in other majors who may need it for projects,” club co-adviser Prof. Michael Lear-Olimpi said.
The Learning Center had no copy of the stylebook, and staff were unfamiliar with the book.
“I figured the Learning Center should have one,” Lear-Olimpi said. “COM majors are familiar with the book, which they use in at least 60 percent of their COM classes — those in which they primarily produce writing projects, and many in which they must write in AP/journalism style, but the Learning Center didn’t have a copy. I believed it was important for the Learning Center to have a stylebook for COM and students in other majors who may be producing assignments that include journalistic or public-relations-style writing, and who may want support for writing in the somewhat different style those genres demand apart from Standard Written English.”
The 613-volume reference is a compact dictionary of words and phrases, punctuation and diction, along with scores of other usages standardized for use in journalistic writing, which is typically more economical than other forms of writing, such as essays or research papers.
The stylebook is divided into a lengthy section of alphabetically ordered word listings, and separate sections for specialty usages, such as in religion, fashion, business, sports, food and business writing and reporting.
Punctuation and a section on media-law considerations are included in sections in the second half of the book.
For consistency, to promote and maintain accuracy and, in doing so, trustworthiness in its product, The Associated Press employs some spellings and other usages, including punctuation, in ways different from usages in Standard Written English. Some of these differences have historical bases, but most of them are purely practical for stories produced locally or nationally and shared with scores of thousands of members of The Associated Press cooperative, which includes media outlets and public-relations departments, divisions and agencies around the world.
“Thank you, very much,” Learning Center Director Megan Rehm said. “I welcome this donation. I’m sure it will be a valuable resource for Learning Center clients.”
The Learning Center had no copy of the stylebook. Prof. Lear-Olimpi had provided a copy to The Writing Center, on which he was an informal adviser when it was being created in 2013.
The copy in the library is a reserve book and can used in the library for a set number of hours, but does not circulate outside the building.
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Prof. Lear-Olimpi is co-adviser of the Knightly News Media Club and editor of the Knightly News blog.