Will the new guidance make it harder for writers? Perhaps just a bit at first. But while labels may be more facile, they are not accurate.
—  The Associated Press’ reasoning (in a nutshell) for officially dropping the term “illegal immigrant” from the AP Stylebook on Tuesday. Official AP style now calls for writers to specifically state that a person(s) is living in a given location illegally, rather than referring to the person(s) themselves as being illegal. source
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ProTip - Create a Stylebook!

When I was learning studio photography, one of the most valuable pieces of advice I received was to create a Stylebook - a folder of images that I love. Whether it be food, product, portraits or even multi media projects, it’s important to know what you like, and to have something to refer to when you’re seeking inspiration.

All of the photographs above were specifically modeled after images in my Stylebook. They were assignments for school, where I had to find images I love and recreate them in the studio. The project made me look at commercial and portrait photography in a completely different way. The most important lesson I learned was that I could do it. I could take these images and make my own versions - and that professional photography was absolutely NOT out of my grasp.

What images do you love? How can you make them your own?

Photography by Bex (and others)

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Finally, the Associated Press has included rules on mental illness in the new edition of the AP Stylebook, the bible used  throughout the industry.

The new rules include:

  • Mental illness is a general condition. Specific disorders are types of mental illness and should be used whenever possible
  • Do not use derogatory terms, such as insane, crazy/crazed, nuts or deranged, unless they are part of a quotation that is essential to the story.
  • Wherever possible, rely on people with mental illness to talk about their own diagnoses.
  • Avoid using mental health terms to describe non-health issues. Don’t say that an awards show, for example, was schizophrenic.
  • Do not assume that mental illness is a factor in a violent crime, and verify statements to that effect. A past history of mental illness is not necessarily a reliable indicator. Studies have shown that the vast majority of people with mental illness are not violent, and experts say most people who are violent do not suffer from mental illness

Oh my gosh! This is fantastic! Now I have the AP stylebook to back me on criticizing ableist news reports.

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