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AP launches Spanish stylebook in Latin America

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 3, 2012 at 3:08 pm •  Published: December 3, 2012

"This manual is the result of arduous work by AP's Spanish language team," Manrique said. "Our editors and translators contributed to this project from Patagonia to New York and to Spain, seeking to maintain the highest standards of journalism that have characterized the AP and make the global news agency essential for its clients."

Isaac Lee, president of news for Spanish-language television giant Univision, called the new manual "an incredible gift" during the Nov. 19 U.S. launch of the stylebook at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York. "I think it is an immense help for all of us who practice journalism in Spanish in the region," Lee said.

Jorge Covarrubias, a veteran journalist of AP's Spanish-language service and one of the authors of the manual, notes that the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language acknowledges that Spain now accounts for a little less than 10 percent of the world's Spanish speakers.

The academy now accepts contributions on word usage from 21 other academies recognized as authorities on the language on three continents. Covarrubias is also the secretary general of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language, one of the 21 other authorities.

A major advantage of having an online style manual is the ability to continually update it, Covarrubias said, keeping the guide "eternally young, fresh and useful." Miller said the AP will take suggestions from subscribers, "but we will be the arbiters of AP style and post the vocabulary."

Colleen Newvine, product manager for the AP Stylebook, said clients had been asking for a Spanish manual for years. "The timing was finally right because we had enthusiastic news leadership in Mexico City that recognized the importance of universal Spanish style and because our mobile-optimized subscription website lets us deliver content efficiently to customers in a dozen or more countries," Newvine said.

The Manual de Estilo Online de la AP, which includes a chapter on the AP's journalistic principles, is now being offered only to clients of the AP's Spanish news service, but will be available for others early next year. The cost will be $26 for an individual annual subscription and $210 a year for a license for up to 10 users. While the site is still in development phase, AP is offering an introductory rate one-third off the regular price.


Associated Press writer Claudia Torrens contributed to this report from New York.


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