I understand that in many contexts it is appropriate to begin a sentence with a coordinating conjunction, and I am aware that variations of this question have been asked here many times. Mine, however, is specific to media writing style. Do any of the common U.S. media writing style authorities (AP Style, When Words Collide, etc.) have a stance on whether or not this is acceptable? I feel like it would be acceptable in a less formal story like an op-ed or a feature, but not in hard news.
I found a blog post that explains pretty well when you should substitute a conjunctive adverb, but I'm not sure whether writing for a newspaper (let's assume it's an established daily) falls under the umbrella of the "very formal contexts" the author mentions.
I know a lot of this comes down to the publication/editor, and I would ask my editor instead of coming here, but I'm just a copyeditor at a student paper and I don't really have anyone to ask.