AP Tells Reporters: Avoid 'Ground Zero Mosque' News organization issues guidelines on project By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Aug 19, 2010 5:00 PM CDT 38 comments Comments A pedestrian stops to shake a protester's hand in front of the site of a proposed Islamic center in mosque in New York. (u) (Newser) – The Associated Press has issued guidelines for its reporters and headline writers regarding a certain proposed development near ground zero. Full memo here, or for highlights: "We should continue to avoid the phrase 'ground zero mosque' or 'mosque at ground zero' on all platforms." Instead, "say it’s 'near' ground zero, or two blocks away." "We can refer to the project as a mosque, or as a proposed Islamic center that includes a 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,' and 'mosque near WTC site.'" As a reminder to staff, AP is changing its own internal story slugs from "Ground Zero Mosque" to "NYC Mosque." Bah, says Michelle Malkin, who calls the style memo "a re-tread of a pro-mosque talking points memo."