Quotes and Punctuation

You may have noticed when reading printed material, it appears these two topics are areas where people need a little assistance. These are examples using AP style.

Punctuation and quotes often appear together. The rule is: Commas and periods are ALWAYS placed inside quotation marks.

e.g., “That is correct,” said Bentley. “Commas and periods go inside quotation marks.”

Quotes in media: Rule: Titles of books, movies and TV shows use quotation marks.


  • Did you watch “White Christmas”?
  • Chuck Todd is the host of “Meet the Press” on Sunday mornings.
  • “To Kill a Mockingbird” was voted No. 1 by the Great American Read project on PBS.

This begs the question of what to do in the case of newspapers and magazines.

They get no special punctuation. But if the word “the”appears as part of the proper name, it gets capitalized. If “magazine” is not part of the proper name, do not capitalize it.

  • The Washington Post, The New York Times, the Chagrin Valley Times.
  • People magazine, Time, Harper’s Magazine, Forbes, Food Network Magazine.

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