Jodi Amick

ap stylebook workthrough

In Uncategorized on 02/11/2010 at 10:40 PM

Here’s another activity we did in class centered around the AP Stylebook. How well do you know your AP Stylebook? I don’t know about you but my book is my bible/Bible.

Questions

1. It is difficult to know what effect/affect the drought will have on the region.AP Stylebook

2. The magazine wants to interview the famous Dr. Jones/Doctor Jones/doctor Jones before the story loses its fizzle.

3. The statue memorialized a/an historic event.

4. The best part of the day to work in is the a.m./”A.M.”/”a.m.” because of the quiet, she said.

5. If a person tests positive for HIV virus, he or she is always said to have AIDS/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. (assume this is the first reference)

6. The above statement is true/false.

7. We hardly ever/almost never take ice cream on our picnics.

8. My aunt’s mother has Alzheimer/Alzheimer’s/Alzherimers disease.

9. It’s clear that these discussions are just between you and me/you and I, isn’t it?

10.  The negotiations took place among/between the 14 members of the dining committee.

11. They anticipated/expected the huge turnout and ordered extra tents and soda.

12. He thought it was a good idea to use the Albanian army/Army in peacekeeping efforts. (assume you’re editing for a U.S. readership)

13. The wording of this statement is correct/incorrect: “The boy was arrested for killing two adults.”

14. The average of 6, 11, 4 and 33 is 11/13.5/27.

15. NIMBY! stands for “Not in My Back Yard”/”Not in My Backyard.”

16. Is Reese Witherspoon your idea of the stereotypical blond/blonde actress?

17. Many hurtful jokes about women play off the idea of a “dumb” blond/blonde.

18. So what if Hershey had called its chocolate drops buses/busses?

19. My AP Stylebook is my bible/Bible.

20. Do you think we’ll be able to talk to the president/President about the peace rally?

Answers

1. It is difficult to know what effect the drought will have on the region.

2. The magazine wants to interview the famous doctor Jones before the story loses its fizzle.

3. The statue memorialized a historic event.

4. The best part of the day to work in is the “a.m.” because of the quiet, she said.

5. If a person tests positive for HIV virus, he or she is always said to have AIDS. (assume this is the first reference)

6. The above statement is false.

7. We hardly ever take ice cream on our picnics.

8. My aunt’s mother has Alzheimer’s disease.

9. It’s clear that these discussions are just between you and me, isn’t it?

10.  The negotiations took place among the 14 members of the dining committee.

11. They anticipated the huge turnout and ordered extra tents and soda.

12. He thought it was a good idea to use the Albanian army in peacekeeping efforts. (assume you’re editing for a U.S. readership)

13. The wording of this statement is incorrect: “The boy was arrested for killing two adults.”

14. The average of 6, 11, 4 and 33 is 13.5.

15. NIMBY! stands for “Not in My Backyard.”

16. Is Reese Witherspoon your idea of the stereotypical blond actress?

17. Many hurtful jokes about women play off the idea of a “dumb” blonde.

18. So what if Hershey had called its chocolate drops busses?

19. My AP Stylebook is my bible.

20. Do you think we’ll be able to talk to the president about the peace rally?

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this or that

In Editing Practice on 02/03/2010 at 7:53 PM

It’s a long hard road to becoming a noteworthy editor. I have been a practicing student journalist for 7 years and there are still things I do wrong. There’s an immense universe of that which I do not know and the black matter between my stellar objects is ever-expanding. Here’s a little exercise professor Leslie-Jean Thornton gave us in class today to sharpen our editor eye. Try it for yourself (don’t cheat!).

1. He was waiting for his cousin, a young blond/blonde woman, to arrive.

2. The principle/principal of the school demanded lesson plans every week.

3. Journalist Paula Zahn is also a celloist/cellist.

4. She always has French/french fries with a hamburger.

5. The new management tried to rein/reign in expenses.

6. The company will try to recoop/recoup some of its losses.

7. After the car accident, she couldn’t move the affected/effected arm.

8. Most of his exercise involved weight lifting/weight-lifting.

9. The baseball manager didn’t know who/whom was left in the bullpin.

10. The data show/shows a definite downturn in the economy.

11. The quarterback’s mistake led/lead to a loss.

12. We have several radios with broken antennaes/antennas.

13. The university hired a president, who/whom some professors opposed.

14. They tried repelling/rappelling down the side of the building.

15. The Web site has gained cache/cachet very quickly.

16. The fate of his mother could well lay/lie in the hands of her doctors.

17. Two mega-mergers/megamergers were completed last month.

18. Between/among the five students, there must be a leader.

19. The letter was written on the foundation’s stationery/stationary.

20. She couldn’t be persuaded/convinced to join the union.

Answers

1. He was waiting for his cousin, a young blond woman, to arrive.

2. The principal of the school demanded lesson plans every week. (the principal is our pal!)

3. Journalist Paula Zahn is also a cellist.

4. She always has french fries with a hamburger.

5. The new management tried to rein in expenses.

6. The company will try to recoup some of its losses.

7. After the car accident, she couldn’t move the affected arm.

8. Most of his exercise involved weight lifting.

9. The baseball manager didn’t know who was left in the bullpin.

10. The data show a definite downturn in the economy.

11. The quarterback’s mistake led to a loss.

12. We have several radios with broken antennas.

13. The university hired a president, whom some professors opposed.

14. They tried rappelling down the side of the building.

15. The Web site has gained cachet very quickly.

16. The fate of his mother could well lie in the hands of her doctors.

17. Two megamergers were completed last month.

18. Among the five students, there must be a leader.

19. The letter was written on the foundation’s stationery. (think “e” for “envelope”)

20. She couldn’t be persuaded to join the union.

How did you do?