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Quick Editorial Style Guide for Web

Georgia Southern uses AP style in all print and web content. Please visit the University Communications and Marketing’s resource page for the full Editorial Style Guide.


Do not abbreviate as GSU. Use of GSU is only acceptable as part of a quote from an external source, such as an alumnus.

On first reference to alumni or campus audience, Georgia Southern is acceptable, with “the University” as a second reference.

To a general audience, Georgia Southern University is correct for first reference, Georgia Southern or the University for second reference.


When a month is used with a specific date, abbreviate only Jan., Feb., Aug., Sept., Oct., Nov. and Dec., and spell out March, April, May, June and July. Do not abbreviate months when they stand alone or appear with only a year. Do not separate month from year with a comma.

Correct: Jan. 2, 2008 or March 2014, January 2012

Correct: She will attend the meeting Friday, Dec. 3, 2015, at 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.

Incorrect: She will attend the meeting Fri., December 3, 2015 at 8PM.

a.m. AND p.m.

Do not capitalize a.m. or p.m. Use a.m. or p.m. with periods and omit zeroes for top of the hour. No need to repeat a.m. or p.m. if within the same time period: 6-11 a.m.

If you use the word from please use the corresponding to: The lecture lasts from 8 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. or use an en-dash 8-10:15 a.m. Do not use a hyphen when using from.

Never use the redundant 12 noon or 12 midnight. Simply use noon or midnight.

Correct: 3 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.

Incorrect: 3PM or 3:00

Correct: The conference runs from April 5 to 10.

Incorrect: The conference runs from April 5-10.


Telephone numbers should be written as 912-478-5549 (Note the use of dashes only).


Per AP, and Georgia Southern style, use commas within a list or simple series, and not before the word “and” before the last item in the series.

Correct: She loves dogs, cats and horses.
Incorrect: She loves dogs, and cats, and horses.

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Last updated: 4/10/2019