Mark Allen - What's New in AP Style for 2020

Changes are plentiful if not dramatic in this year’s Associated Press Stylebook. The growing reference tome provides guidance on how to use gender-neutral language and language dealing with sexual assault. It cautions against the “senior citizen” label. And it proclaims “mistress” is not a very useful term. AP Stylebook Expert Mark Allen will give us the rundown on all the updates in the new edition and talk about the move away from the paper book and toward doing more online.


Mark Allen is an editor, writer, and teacher focused on helping people communicate with clarity and honesty. He has trained hundreds of editors and writers on a variety of topics, including the latest and most important elements in the Associated Press Stylebook and the Chicago Manual of Style. Mark has led conversations about copyediting and writing at conferences and workshops in Detroit, St. Louis, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Portland, Columbus, Chicago, Pittsburgh, New York City, and York, England. He was the first freelancer elected to the executive board of ACES: The Society for Editing, and Mark currently teaches advanced copyediting for UC San Diego Extension’s copyediting certificate program.

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