2010 AP Stylebook makes business news changes
The 2010 Associated Press Stylebook was released on Wednesday, and the latest edition includes a number of changes to style that affect business journalists.
The stylebook makes the distinction between Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the corporate name of the discount retailer, and Walmart, for the stores themselves.
One new entry recognizes significant developments in world events: Great Recession, referring to the 2007-08 economic downturn that was the worst recession since the Great Depression.
Other new business related entries include Bluetooth, Blu-ray, bondholder, hard line, Taser and thumbs-up.
The new Social Media Guidelines section includes information and policies on using tools like Facebook and Twitter, how journalists can apply them to their work and how to verify sources found through them. Also included are 42 separate entries on such terms as app, blogs, click-throughs, friend and unfriend, metadata, RSS, search engine optimization, smart phone, trending, widget and wiki.
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