AP Launches its First Spanish-Lanuage Stylebook

By: Press Release | AP

The Associated Press will launch a new Spanish-language Stylebook for universal use by publishers, broadcasters and readers from all Spanish-speaking countries, with an emphasis on Latin America and the United States.

A small number of AP clients are beta testing Manual de Estilo Online de la AP, a Web-based, searchable, customizable stylebook with a comprehensive list of thousands of the most common standardized Spanish terms, some translated from the well-established English AP Stylebook and the majority written especially for Spanish writers and editors.

AP will begin selling Manual de Estilo Online de la AP to customers of its Spanish news services beginning Nov. 19, and will mark the launch that same evening with a panel discussion in New York about Spanish writing style.

The 6 p.m. event — at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, 2950 Broadway (at 116th Street), in Manhattan – will feature as panelists: Isaac Lee, president of news for Univision Communications Inc.; Edward Schumacher-Matos, ombudsman for NPR and founder of Rumbo Newspapers/Meximerica Media, a chain of four Spanish-language dailies in Texas; Sigal Ratner-Arias, entertainment editor, AP Spanish Service, and Tom Kent, AP’s deputy managing editor for standards and production.
Serving as moderator will be Alejandro Manrique, AP deputy editor for Latin America and director of the AP Spanish Service. 

To reserve a seat for the discussion, please send an email to Info@AP.org.

The new manual includes extensive chapters on sports, and arts and entertainment vocabulary, as well as a pronunciation guide with audio files of hundreds of place names and terms.

The section on Social Media Guidelines lays out AP standards for tweeting, retweeting others’ tweets and sourcing and attribution from social media. It also includes frequently used Internet terms and social media language used by the AP such as blog, hashtag, emoticon, metadata and tuitear (tweet).

Also included in the Manual de Estilo are words that come from Spanish-language communities in the U.S., such as chicano, Marines, parquear (to park, estacionarse in formal Spanish) and suspensión temporal de deportaciones (deferred action).

AP will update the Manual de Estilo throughout the year, adding new entries and modifying existing entries. As AP updates its style, users can get email updates. The Stylebook already includes words that will appear in the 2013 edition of the Diccionario Panhispánico de Dudas and the Diccionario de la Real Academia Española, considered to be the highest authorities on the Spanish language.

Subscribers can submit questions via Ask the Editor and search previously answered questions.

AP’s customers will receive an email with details about how to subscribe to the password-protected Manual de Estilo, either as an individual user or via a site license with multiple users. AP expects to make Manual de Estilo widely available in early 2013. Prices start at $26 for one user’s yearlong subscription and $210 for a one-year subscription for a 10-user site license. AP is offering introductory rates at about one-third off regular prices.

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