The Associated Press Updates Its Stylebook to Address Addiction as a Disease
Addiction will soon be discussed in a new way in newspapers, magazines and other publications, thanks to key updates the Associated Press made in June 2017 to the latest edition of its influential “AP Stylebook” — the reference guide used by news reporting outlets across the United States.
According to the AP, the updates to its stylebook are intended to help guide journalists covering addiction to use person-first language that characterizes addiction as a disease or disorder, not as a weakness or moral failing. AP’s aim is to provide more appropriate words and phrases reporters can use to write about people who suffer from addiction — in the same way they write about people who suffer from other chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease. Read More