AP releases a new ‘situational stylebook’ covering 9/11

With media gearing up for the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, the wire service wants to make sure reporters are on the same page.

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As the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks approaches, a lot of journalists will be searching the Internet to remind themselves of the specifics of that awful day.

Add to that a new crop of young reporters who were in school when the attacks occurred, and a lot of crusty older editors—any who haven’t been laid off, anyway—may be bracing themselves for questions about what happened when.

Enter AP, with a new “situational stylebook” dedicated to 9/11, Nieman Journalism Lab reports.

Nieman says there are entries like ground zero (“acceptable term for the World Trade Center site”), airline (“capitalize airlines, air lines and airways when used as part of a proper airline name. American Airlines, United Airlines”) and Osama bin Laden (“use bin Laden in all references except at the start of a sentence”).

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