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A guide to usage, this is a manual of style for words and subjects commonly encountered in news writing, designed to help writers make correct choices and instruct users about media law. The bulk of the work is "The Stylebook," an alphabetical list of the Associated Press's rules on grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, abbreviations, and usage; for example, "Hispanic" is the "preferred term for those whose ethnic origin is in a Spanish-speaking country," and "Chicano" should be avoided as a synonym for Mexican American. The stylebook offers information on such thorny matters as military titles, titles of nobility, and metric and temperature conversions. Special sections include an Internet guide with terms for sports and business guidelines and style and a briefing on media law, explaining such things as libel law, fair reporting, the right of privacy, and media applications related to the First Amendment. The work's audience clearly includes journalists and anyone who writes for the news media, as well as students at all levels, particularly those interested in journalism. S. A. Ariew Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
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