AP releases back-to-school topical guide; with redistricting on horizon journalists should monitor disputes

The Associated Press has compiled a style guide of essential words, phrases and definitions related to the return to classes.
Terms are from the AP Stylebook, usage in AP stories and Webster’s New World College Dictionary, Fifth Edition.

Researcher offers three tips on covering redistricting 

By Denise-Marie Ordway, The Journalist’s Resource, Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center

Researcher James G. Gimpel encourages journalists to monitor local redistricting discussions and any legal disputes that arise over the coming months.

He offers these three tips to help bolster news coverage:

1. Don’t assume a lack of lawsuits means voting district maps in your area are well drawn. Ask whether voters have raised concerns and why they have not pursued legal action.

“Why is litigation only in some states and in some other states, we hardly ever see it?” Gimpel asks. “It’s not because some places have better maps. These problems with the maps are pretty common — you can find something wrong with any map that you look at.”

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