Using the URL of a website in an article isn't common practice in articles or news reports, but when it becomes necessary, you need to abide by the Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law -- more commonly known as the AP Style Guide. The guide is the reference of record for newspapers and the media in general, and Associated Press editors update it every year.
The AP Style Guide describes a URL,an acronym for Uniform Resource Locator, to be an Internet address. It consists of the protocol (http:), domain (URL.com), server ("server" in server.URL.com), folder ("folder" in http://server.URL.com/folder/) and file ("file" in http://server.URL.com/folder/file).
Writers should use the full URL. For example; http://www.URL.com/webpage.html.
Breaking Up URLs
Break up a URL that won't fit on one line into two lines or more. However; AP Style dictates that you not add any hyphens or other punctuation like you do when breaking up a long word.
Location in the Article
A URL should occupy the very last line of the story. It should go below even the list of contributors to the story.
- "The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law"; Basic Books; Darrell Chistian, Sally Jacobsen and David Minthorn; 2009
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