My immediate thought to writing style was the tone and personality of the writer’s voice. I thought about the author’s choice of words, and how he, or she, chose to write their stories, but in journalism style is a little different. Journalists do need to connect with their audiences, but it has to be informative.
Journalists have to write in AP, Associated Press, Style. This is a way for journalists to have efficient, precise, and accurate information. This also provides guidelines for those who write in AP Style, such as public relations majors, to have correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, and language use. Some of these guides, according to Purdue University is:
“AP Style also aims to avoid stereotypes and unintentionally offensive language.”
Reading through the different guidelines of Associated Press really just shares how precise and detail oriented AP style is. They discuss the specifics of addresses, ages, numerals, times, and even technological terms.
Just because you’re writing in AP Style does not mean you can’t write in your style! This is just a guideline to use so that it’s easier for people who are collaborating on your story. I linked a quick and brief video to better help others understand AP Style, for anyone who wants to learn more about writing in AP Style.