The Associated Press recently announced in a press release that they would be creating four regionally based groups to act as backup "high-level data analysis" team for any reporter in need of such services.
As "Investigative Teams," or "I-Teams" each will be equipped with a set of well-trained hands that have the essential multimedia skills necessary to "produce ground-breaking, exclusive journalism that is important to millions." Each team will start out with individuals knowledgeable in "computer-assisted reporting, public records access, Flash interactive(s), and good old-fashioned source reporting" in addition to on going training.
Since the I-Teams operate independently from regional news organizations, their skills can called upon wherever they are needed.
Essentially, the teams will remove the recent burden placed on reports to produce stories accompanied with some sort of deep analysis or multimedia supplement to enhance the reader's experience and understanding of the article. The teams give reporters a resource to call upon to produce multimedia supplements for breaking news that reduces lay-time between when a story breaks and when it actually is reported.
Source: Editor & Publisher