Friday, May 12, 2006

AP style update

AP style now calls for using "HOUSTON" as the dateline from the Johnson Space Center instead of "SPACE CENTER, Houston." Here's the full entry:
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center

Formerly the Manned Spacecraft Center. Located in Houston, it is the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s principal control and training center for manned spaceflight.

Johnson Space Center is acceptable in all references.
In datelines:
HOUSTON (AP) -
See John F. Kennedy Space Center.

1 Comments:

At 11:41 AM, May 30, 2006, Blogger DrBear said...

I think the reasoning behind this may be that:

a. There is now a (Disney-designed) visitor center for the JSC called "Space Center Houston" and that could lead to confusion.

b The reason for the old dateline was that the center was actually out in the countryside, not in Houston itself. Houston has sprawled out, goodness knows, and it's seen as the greater Houston area. And it's always been referred to as Houston by the astronauts during radio transmissions anyway.

 

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