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‘For all the newsrooms waiting on AP to set the example, there’s no excuse’
The Associated Press announced Friday afternoon it’s changing its style to capitalize Black when referring to it in a racial, ethnic or cultural way — a move newsrooms across the United States have made in recent weeks.
AP Vice President for Standards John Daniszewski wrote Friday that AP would also capitalize Indigenous in reference to original inhabitants of a place. The changes follow suit of standards AP has set in other racial and ethnic identifiers, such as Latino, Asian American and Native American.
“Our discussions on style and language consider many points, including the need to be inclusive and respectful in our storytelling and the evolution of language,” Daniszewski wrote. “We believe this change serves those ends.”
AP determines the writing style news organizations across the United States follow, though other newsrooms have decided to capitalize Black in recent weeks. Organizations such as The Los Angeles Times, BuzzFeed News, The Seattle Times and MSNBC previously announced individually their style would change to capitalize Black. The Seattle Times made the change in 2019.
Daniszewski said the change came after two years of in-depth research and discussion. This latest style change joins the AP Stylebook’s section on race-related coverage guidance, which encourages thoughtful consideration, precise language and an openness to discussion with underrepresented identities about how to frame coverage accurately and appropriately.
AP also noted, “As a global news organization, we are continuing to discuss within
Read more here: https://www.poynter.org/reporting-editing/2020/ap-will-capitalize-the-b-in-black/