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Saturday, September 9 • 2:45pm - 3:45pm
AP Style: A Tool Book, Not a Rule Book

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Style has come a long way. Gone are the days when the AP Stylebook was merely a spiral-bound place for copy editors to find annually revised guidance on commas and capitalization. Increasingly, reporters and other journalists who don't sit on the copy desk (what copy desk?) turn to the constantly updated digital version of journalism's essential resource for modern advice on storytelling and standards around gender, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, disabilities, and other matters of inclusivity and accuracy. In this session, the editors of the AP Stylebook will talk about how they craft the guidance, how to make it work for you, and the methods you can use to create your own in-house guidance. Plus, enter a raffle to win your own copy of an AP Stylebook.

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Bethany Grace Howe

Communications Consultant, Pride & Praxis
Dr. Bethany Grace Howe (she/her/hers) is a communications specialist for Oregon’s Department of Human Services. She also serves as a board member for Planned Parenthood of Southwest Oregon. A researcher, her 2020 University of Oregon School of Journalism dissertation served as the... Read More →
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Jeff McMillan

Newsperson/AP Stylebook, The Associated Press
Jeff McMillan (he/him/his) is an editor and writer with more than 25 years of experience. He began his career as a Dow Jones News Fund intern at the Star Tribune of Minneapolis, where he worked as a copy editor for six years. He then worked as a copy and graphics editor at Newsday... Read More →
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Paula Froke

AP Stylebook editor, AP
Paula Froke is editor of The Associated Press Stylebook and a manager on the AP’s Standards & Style team. She started her 35-plus years with the AP as a Dow Jones News Fund intern on the AP's main editing desk in New York. Her AP career has included jobs as news editor in Minnesota... Read More →
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Pia Sarkar

Deputy Business Editor for Enterprise, The Associated Press
Pia Sarkar is a veteran journalist with more than 25 years of experience. She is currently the deputy business editor for enterprise and storytelling at The Associated Press. Sarkar also serves as an editor on the AP's national Race & Ethnicity team and is a member of the AP Stylebook... Read More →
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Anna Jo Bratton

U.S. Enterprise Editor, The Associated Press
Anna Jo Bratton is U.S. Enterprise Editor for the Associated Press, working with colleagues across the United States to produce high-impact journalism for the country and for international audiences. Her focus is long-form narrative editing, and coordinating multiformat teams for... Read More →

Saturday September 9, 2023 2:45pm - 3:45pm EDT
Congress C (4th Floor)