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third-culture kid(s) and no abbreviation on later references. Instead, on later references use phrasing such as such children, these children, etc. Also, define the term when used; many readers aren't familiar with it. 

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I'd make it red-light cameras.

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The move away from American Indians came at the recommendation of the Indigenous Journalists Association. We largely follow that group's lead on style related to Indigenous and Native American peoples. The IJA may not have changed its own style yet, but I'm told that a change is in the works.

Full guidance is within the race-related coverage entry. 

Question from New York, on April 19, 2024

I have a question about transcripts. The texts, transcripts rule says to follow normal rules of capitalization. However, in several published transcripts, AP uses all-caps for the name of the person speaking (THE PRESIDENT and AUDIENCE, TRUMP, etc.). What's the rule here? 

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Not all AP writers and editors follow every piece of AP style, unfortunately. Our style is our style as laid out in the entry you cite.

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Our style would be lowercase, with the hyphen. But this is certainly among the many examples in which you might choose not to follow our style. 


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No, it's lowercase.

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In that context, it's OK and we'll look to tweak the guidance. The intent is to guide writers and editors not to write person of color when they mean specifically Black, for example. Or specifically Asian-American. Or specifically Latino

But as always, don't make a point of someone's race or background unless it's clearly relevant. 

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Yes, because of space constraints in headlines. And hello!

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