How online changes the AP style game
Just something to consider from Robert Niles discussing how to search engine optimize your site:
Keyword repetition and density on the page still play a role in where you end up in the SERPs (though not nearly as much as in the pre-Google era.) You can help yourself, therefore, by moving away from rigid AP style rules on second references and place names to more SEO-friendly use of full names on some (but not all) subsequent references within a story.
So I find myself coming back to the average college student I teach who has been brought up in an elementary and high school system that, more than likely, encourages rules, standardized testing and the like. Those students struggle enough trying to navigate the "often you do, but sometimes you don't" vagaries of current news styles.
Niles is correct in his suggestion, but I can hardly wait for the fun.