AP to staff: Don't use phrase "ground zero mosque"

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Thank you, AP. However, it is not a mosque, it is a community center with a prayer room. Or as Stephanie Miller called the center, a "rumpus room".

From the Department of Close, but No Cigar:

AP Advisory

AP Standards Center issues staff advisory on covering New York City mosque

Associated Press Deputy Managing Editor for Standards and Production Tom Kent sent the following note to the staff about covering the New York City mosque story:

Aug. 19, 2010

Colleagues,

Here is some guidance on covering the NYC mosque story, with assists from Chad Roedemeier in the NYC bureau and Terry Hunt in Washington:

1. We should continue to avoid the phrase "ground zero mosque" or "mosque at ground zero" on all platforms. (We’ve very rarely used this wording, except in slugs, though we sometimes see other news sources using the term.) The site of the proposed Islamic center and mosque is not at ground zero, but two blocks away in a busy commercial area. We should continue to say it’s “near” ground zero, or two blocks away.

WE WILL CHANGE OUR SLUG ON THIS STORY LATER TODAY from “BC-Ground Zero Mosque” to “BC-NYC Mosque.”

In short headlines, some ways to refer to the project include:

_ mosque 2 blocks from WTC site
_ Muslim (or Islamic) center near WTC site
_ mosque near ground zero
_ mosque near WTC site

We can refer to the project as a mosque, or as a proposed Islamic center that includes a mosque.

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  • Cracker baby

    There are several community centers with prayer/worship rooms in my town. People are in and out all week. One is Presbyterian, one Episcopal, several are Baptist. I quess that the fine people who read this blog will probably lead the charge to rebuild the greek Orthodox community center with prayer room close to ground zero.
    Oh wait, Greek orthodox.................they're presumably white........................nevermind.