A guide comparing Associated Press style and Chicago style for editors, writers, teachers, students, word nerds, and anyone else who gives a dollar sign, ampersand, exclamation point, and pound sign about style.


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Karen Yin’s motto is “I catch what other editors miss.” A writer, editor, and designer for the past 20-plus years, she has headed editorial departments at two advertising agencies, run three national lifestyle magazines concurrently, designed a number of books and websites, and written and edited for infinite types of media. In 2013, Karen founded Quiet Press to provide editorial services for clients in education, publishing, advertising, and research. Recent clients include ArtCenter College of Design, Disney Editions, Manifest Digital, Smith Design, and Origin Media.

Because she thrives at the intersection of writing, editing, and design, Karen has the vantage point of a whole team of professionals. She combined her passion for design with editing to carve a new niche: proofreading graphic design. Her ability to catch errors in graphic design elements made her invaluable in industries with high standards for perfection. She was the final eye on campaigns for Disney, Pixar, Fox, DreamWorks, Universal, and Warner Bros. for 17 years and worked on countless franchises, including The Lord of the Rings, Batman, Shrek, The Matrix, X-Men, and Pirates of the Caribbean. The ultimate quality controller, she flagged everything from bad spelling to contract breaches, saving the agencies an untold number of dollars and clients.

Widely referenced in forums across the Internet, AP vs. Chicago earned a spot in BuzzFeed’s style guide, which links to one of its cheat sheets. In 2015, Karen created Conscious Style Guide, “the place to go for people words.” This comprehensive online reference for inclusive, empowering, and mindful language is the only one of its kind, addressing topics such as ability and disability, age, appearance, ethnicity and nationality, gender and sexuality, and health. Conscious Style Guide has been adopted as an official reference by corporations such as MailChimp and 18F, a government agency, and included in dozens of articles in publications such as The Washington Post.

Karen Yin can be reached at apvschicago@gmail.com.