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AP style change focuses on being inclusive and respectful in news reporting and the evolution of language.

On Friday, June 19, The Associated Press announced that it will now capitalize the word Black in news articles when the term is used in a "racial, ethnic or cultural sense."

"We are today making an important change to AP style that stems from a long and fruitful conversation among news leaders, editors and diverse members of our staff and external groups and organizations," John Daniszewski, AP's vice president for standards, wrote in a blog post announcing the decision. "… Our discussions on style and language consider many points, including the need to be inclusive and respectful in our storytelling and the evolution of language. We believe this change serves those ends."

Pamplin Media Group, which largely follows AP style in its use of capitalization and other writing conventions, agrees and will adopt this use immediately.

Daniszewski said the global news service was discussing related issues, including whether to capitalize the term "white" when related to people's ethnic origin.


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