The Associated Press just published guidelines for usage of the term “alt-right”, and I feel like it’s important to take note, because they are damn good guidelines.

Again, whenever “alt-right” is used in a story, be sure to include a definition: “an offshoot of conservatism mixing racism, white nationalism and populism,” or, more simply, “a white nationalist movement.”

Finally, when writing on extreme groups, be precise and provide evidence to support the characterization

We should not limit ourselves to letting such groups define themselves, and instead should report their actions, associations, history and positions to reveal their actual beliefs and philosophy, as well as how others see them.

One can only hope that the impending doom of the President-ELect will force Western journalism to get its collective ass in gear again.

https://blog.ap.org/behind-the-news/writing-about-the-alt-right

10 thoughts on “The Associated Press just published guidelines for usage of the term “alt-right”, and I feel like it’s important to…

  1. I think hoping that journalism will save us is a losing bet.

    There’s a lot of good journalistic work being done, but that’s not what pays the bills. The folks who want that kind of material can always get it, but way way more folks do not. The audience is the problem, not the journalists.

  2. < ![CDATA[I think hoping that journalism will save us is a losing bet. There's a lot of good journalistic work being done, but that's not what pays the bills. The folks who want that kind of material can always get it, but way way more folks do not. The audience is the problem, not the journalists.]]>

  3. < ![CDATA[The internet, despite saving us, broke journalism. When you can make a "news" site that caters only to a niche political group you necessarily water down public understanding. It kinda sucks.]]>