AP style takeaways from Obama’s final SOTU

The president’s address to Congress grabbed widespread attention in political circles and beyond. PR pros should know the basics of writing about the 2016 campaign. Follow these tips.

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For writers who dare delve into the realm of political writing, there can be a tough learning curve when it comes to correctly conveying official titles, party affiliations and legal terms.

Lucky for us writers, editors from The Associated Press dedicated its weekly Twitter chat to giving tips on political style.

In response to written coverage of President Barack Obama’s final SOTU address—and with with an eye to this year’s election—here are a few items to note regarding political terminology, per the editors of the AP Stylebook:

Setting the scene

Is he stepping up to the podium or the lectern? #APStyleChat https://t.co/ga1IBRzsXm

— Victoria Camron (@VCamron_writer) January 11, 2016

Thanks for joining #APStyleChat. @davidthornhill is stepping to the podium to talk about the style of politics. Who has the first question?

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