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August 26 2012

19:21

Instagram goes mainstream as the AP plans convention coverage via iPhones

Beet.TV :: The AP's staff photographers covering the upcoming political conventions in Tampa and Charlotte will not just be shooting for the wire service with their high-end DSLR cameras, they will shoot separate stories using iPhones and uploading the images via Instagram.

Video interview with Shazna Nessa, AP's Deputy Managing Editor for Editorial Products and Innovations by Andy Plesser, www.beet.tv

AP announces coverage plan press release, www.ap.org

April 24 2012

05:41

April 13 2012

19:52

Associated Press unveils new online video news service

Press Gazette :: Associated Press yesterday unveiled a new online platform delivering archive footage and broadcast quality video news to digital publishers. The AP Video Hub has been designed to give online publishers access to breaking news content selected and promoted alongside relevant footage from AP’s archive.

Continue to read Emma Powell, www.pressgazette.co.uk

January 23 2012

19:42

Associated Press President and CEO Tom Curley to retire

Huffington Post :: Tom Curley, the top executive at the Associated Press, told staff Monday that the "moment has come for AP to begin a transition to a new leader." Curley, who holds the titles of president and CEO, said in a letter that he will retire this year and that the AP's board of directors has formed a search committee for his successor.

Continue to read Michael Calderone, www.huffingtonpost.com

January 18 2012

07:26

AP updates social media guidelines: how to correct erroneous tweets and more

Associated Press :: Today the AP’s global news staff received an update of the social media guidelines (be careful, it's a download link for the PDF version of the guideline) that were last revised in November 2011. The main changes, revealed in a note to staff by AP Social Media Editor Eric Carvin and AP Deputy Managing Editor Tom Kent, are the addition of procedures for correcting erroneous tweets and a short section on deleting tweets. Also, in the examples in the section on retweeting, the placement of the designation “RT” has been moved to conform with more common Twitter usage.

Official announcement by AP press release, www.ap.org

January 16 2012

07:25

North Korea (AP) - AP opened full news bureau in North Korea today

Seattle pi :: North Korea (AP)The Associated Press opened its newest bureau here Monday, becoming the first international news organization with a full-time presence to cover news from North Korea in words, pictures and video. In a ceremony that came less than a month after the death of longtime ruler Kim Jong Il and capped nearly a year of discussions, AP President and CEO Tom Curley and a delegation of top AP editors inaugurated the office, situated inside the headquarters of the state-run Korean Central News Agency in downtown Pyongyang.

Continue to read John Daniszewski, www.seattlepi.com

January 12 2012

06:32

New Hampshire GOP primary election results: Google vs Associated Press

Poynter :: After working with the Iowa Republican Party to count votes for the caucuses last week, Google produced a map of election results for the New Hampshire GOP primary on Tuesday night. In Iowa, Google provided the state GOP with a Google Apps setup essentially providing a free, competing service to the Associated Press’ own election results service.

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Continue to read Steve Myers, www.poynter.org

January 07 2012

08:31

NewsRight: A carrot, or a stick to beat aggregators with? Or a sign of inability to deal with the new(s) ecosystem

GigaOM :: The Associated Press newswire service has just launched a “news registry” and licensing service it calls NewsRight, along with a group of traditional media chains and outlets such as Hearst Newspapers and the New York Times. The AP says the new entity — which it has spent more than three years developing — is primarily intended to help members track, then license, their content to websites and news services. But the AP’s long history of antagonism towards the digital news ecosystem raises questions about whether the registry is designed to be a carrot or a club with which to beat aggregators it believes are “stealing” its content.

Continue to read Mathew Ingram, gigaom.com

January 06 2012

19:59

Iowa Caucuses: Can Google compete directly against Associated Press in reporting election returns?

ReadWriteWeb :: My main man Steve Myers over at Poynter has broken down the outcome of a brand new phenomenon in the coverage of elections. Google's U.S. elections portal, launched just ahead of the Iowa Caucuses on January 3, provided more useful data about the caucus results than the Associated Press did. According to the veterans with whom Myers spoke, it was quite an upset. The speed and portability, not to mention the $0.00 price tag, of Google's data made an impression on the news outlets covering the caucus.

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Can Google beet Associated Press?

Continue to read Jon Mitchell, www.readwriteweb.com

19:57

Iowa Caucuses: Can Google compete directly against Associated Press in reporting election returns?

ReadWriteWeb :: My main man Steve Myers over at Poynter has broken down the outcome of a brand new phenomenon in the coverage of elections. Google's U.S. elections portal, launched just ahead of the Iowa Caucuses on January 3, provided more useful data about the caucus results than the Associated Press did. According to the veterans with whom Myers spoke, it was quite an upset. The speed and portability, not to mention the $0.00 price tag, of Google's data made an impression on the news outlets covering the caucus.

Google-election-jpg
Can Google beet Associated Press?

Continue to read Jon Mitchell, www.readwriteweb.com

January 05 2012

19:47
07:34

AP names Eric Carvin social media editor

Associated Press :: Eric Carvin, an AP Nerve Center news producer and former National Desk editor, has been named the organization’s social media editor, based at headquarters in New York. Carvin will lead the AP's ongoing social media efforts, coordinating with all national and international regions, verticals and formats. He will work to ensure that social media becomes an integral part of every AP journalist's skills.

Continue to read AP, www.ap.org

December 13 2011

21:41

AP's new strategy: "The New Disctinctiveness" or the pressure of now

Huffington Post :: As AP's traditional rivals like Bloomberg and Reuters ramp up opinion and analysis -- and as competition increased from the rest of the web -- AP executives realized the organization needed to provide more smart and immediate analysis, video, and interactive features that expand upon the day's news. Senior managing editor Michael Oreskes presented Tuesday in a memo to 3,000 AP staffers worldwide AP's new strategy. It's called "The New Distinctiveness."

Continue to read Michael Calderone, www.huffingtonpost.com

December 08 2011

10:21

The AP brings a quasi-competitor into the fold - a statewide news sharing service for sports

Niemanlab :: In 2008, eight Ohio newspapers, upset with what they saw as high prices charged by the Associated Press, rebelled against the wire to form their own statewide news-sharing service, the Ohio News Organization. With rare exceptions, stories produced by any of the newspapers could now be published in any other members newspaper — without the AP having to serve as an intermediary.

That inspired Roy Hewitt, longtime sports editor at the Cleveland Plain Dealer, to form a similar organization for sports journalists. The National Sports Content Sharing Network.

Continue to read Andrew Phelps, www.niemanlab.org

September 15 2011

17:51

AP managing editors meeting: news executives say mobile delivery future of news

Seattle Times :: News executives opening the Associated Press Managing Editors meeting in Denver on Wednesday said mobile news delivery offers newspapers and other media companies a good opportunity to make money in the digital world. Tom Curley, The Associated Press' president and CEO, said media companies lost revenue opportunities with the Internet but have a chance to change that with mobile.

Continue to read Kristen Wyatt, seattletimes.nwsource.com

July 30 2011

04:57

A portrait: David Minthorn, grammar expert for the Associated Press

Washington Post :: In its modern, digital forms, writing has become something like an untended garden. It’s overgrown with text-speak and crawling with invasive species like tweets and dashed-off e-mails. OMG, it’s a mess. So think of David Minthorn as a linguistic gardener, doggedly cultivating this weedy patch in the hope of restoring some order and maybe coaxing something beautiful out of it. Minthorn’s mission is the maintenance of English grammar, the policing of punctuation and the enforcement of a consistent written style.

A portrait - Continue to read Paul Farhi, www.washingtonpost.com

July 21 2011

14:04

Associated Press will link back to newspapers who get scoops

Niemanlab :: News organizations that break big stories will soon get a little more credit — and maybe even a little traffic — from The Associated Press. Beginning Aug. 1, whenever the AP picks up a local story from a member for rewriting and distribution, the text of AP’s story will include a link back to the original report.

Continue to read Andrew Phelps, www.niemanlab.org

June 30 2011

04:21

First, but at what costs? - North Korea: Associated Press will open news bureau in Pyongyang

Associated Press :: AP today announced agreements with the Korea Central News Agency, or KCNA, including one to open a news bureau in Pyongyang. Leaders of the two news organizations held discussions during a New York visit by KCNA executives and this week signed two memos of understanding and a contract. The new office would be the first permanent text and photo bureau operated by a Western news organization in the North Korean capital. (But honestly what is it worth to be the first?) Five years ago, AP Television News, headquartered in London, became the first Western news organization to establish an office in North Korea.

[Kim Pyong Ho, president of KCNA:] I hope this agreement contributes not only to the strengthening of relations between our two news agencies but also to the better understanding between the peoples of our two countries and the improvement of the DPRK-U.S. relations.

How does the Associated Press guarantee unbiased news from an official North Korean news organization?

Continue to read AP press release, www.ap.org

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