NOTES FOR PRESS RELEASES

Abbreviations for Months 

Spell out months when used alone or with either a date or year but abbreviate them to the following when used with a date and year. All months with five letters or less are never abbreviated. Never abbreviate days of the week.

 January  Jan.
 February  Feb.
 March  March
 April  April
 May  May
 June  June
 July  July
 August  Aug.
 September  Sept.
 October  Oct.
 November  Nov.
 Decemebrt  Dec.

Abbreviations for States

 

Abbreviations for Months

 

MONTHS:

Spell out months when used alone or with either a date or year but abbreviate them to the following when used with a date and year. All months with five letters or less are never abbreviated. Never abbreviate days of the week.

January ‐ Jan. February ‐ Feb. March ‐ March April ‐ April May ‐ May June ‐ June July ‐ July August ‐ Aug. September ‐ Sept. October ‐ Oct. November ‐ Nov. December ‐ Dec.

Examples:

Sally went missing on Friday, Jan. 31, 2011.

The event will be held in mid-September.

The winning number was posted Sunday, July 5 for review.

 

Abbreviations for States

 

STATES:

The general AP rules for usage of state abbreviations when used in datelines, and in the body text of a news announcement.

The names of these eight U.S. states are never abbreviated in text: Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Ohio, Texas and Utah. Spell out the names of the 50 states when they stand alone in text.

Use the two-letter Postal Service abbreviations only with full addresses, including ZIP code. AP Abbreviations:

Ala. (AL) Ariz. (AZ) Ark. (AR) Calif.(CA) Colo.(CO) Conn.(CT) Del. (DE) Fla. (FL) Ga. (GA) Ill. (IL) Ind. (IN) Kan. (KS) Ky. (KY) La. (LA) Md. (MD) Mass. (MA) Mich. (MI) Minn. (MN) Miss. (MS) Mo. (MO) Mont. (MT) Neb. (NE) Nev. (NV) N.H. (NH) N.J. (NJ) N.M. (NM) N.Y. (NY) N.C. (NC) N.D. (ND) Okla. (OK) Ore. (OR) Pa. (PA) R.I. (RI) S.C. (SC) S.D. (SD) Tenn. (TN) Vt. (VT) Va. (VA) Wash. (WA) W.Va. (WV) Wis. (WI) Wyo. (WY)

Examples: SAN DIEGO, Calif. / ST. LOUIS, Mo. / DUNCAN, Ariz. / DALLAS, Texas

ABC Company, 123 My Street, San Diego, CA 00000.

Example Dateline:

SAN DIEGO, Calif., February 1, 2011

FB 11   TW 11   LI 11    YT 11