These are some of the most common rules for AP style for use in newspapers.
There’s much to remember about AP style, but these are a few tips that will come in handy often if you write for a printed newspaper.
In headlines, use single quotes for double quotes.
Only capitalize the first word of headline and proper names, not the entire headline
Always use figures (numerals) in headlines, even if it’s the first word.
The order of events is always listed, time, date, place.
Example: The fundraiser will be held at 8 p.m. June 12 at the American Legion.
Use the day of the week when the date is within a week’s time. Example: The breakfast will be held Friday.
When the event is beyond a week, use the date. Example: The breakfast will be held April 17.
There are many more guidelines found within the AP stylebook, but hopefully, this list will be a starting point to successful AP writing.