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AP Stylebook: Town hall meetings

(Updated 02/19/16)

AP style for town hall meetings

Like presidential candidates, corporate executives hold town hall meetings to talk about their issues.

But what’s the correct way to refer to the event, according to the Associated Press Stylebook?

AP’s online Ask the Editor section says “town hall” is:

  • Two words not one (“town hall” not “townhall”).
  • Lowercase, not capitalized unless “town hall” is part of a formal title (IBM Town Hall Meeting).
  • Not hyphenated before “meeting” (town hall meeting).
  • Correct as a noun (meaning a public forum: “The town hall is tonight.”) or as an adjective before a noun (as in “town hall meeting”).
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