Friday, November 11, 2011

Associated Press Should Drop the I-Word

From the Drop the I-word Team:
It's time to take action.

Although the Associated Press updated its stylebook last week, they still insist on using the i-word to define people. While many reporters and editors are re-evaluating how they describe undocumented immigrants in a way that does not dehumanize them or compromise constitutionality, accuracy and professional journalistic ethics, the change from the AP still falls short.

But with your help, we can change that.

The Associated Press is looking ahead to the 2012 edition of the AP Stylebook and would like to hear from readers. This is the perfect time to tell the AP to drop the i-word and to let them know "illegal immigrant" is dehumanizing, racially charged, inaccurate, not legal terminology and not conducive to understanding the immigration debate.

CLICK HERE NOW TO TAKE ACTION and let them know that use of the i-word is indefensible. Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, Nov. 15. Sample text is below, which you can cut and paste into the AP submission form.

When you've sent your submission you will be sent a confirmation email. Be sure to follow through and click on the link within the email to complete the action!

We thank you for your continued support,

The Drop the I-Word Team


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