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Associated Press

After confirming it would cut a total of 90 jobs last week, the Associated Press has named six news editors and four interim regional photo editors amidst further restructuring intitiatives in the US. The appointees will oversee the now expanded multistate territories and are supposed to ensure the quality of the wire sevice's state reports.

"No news organization has a deeper commitment to state-by-state coverage of the United States," said Senior Managing Editor, Mike Oreskes on Friday.

"These appointments put strong news managers in charge of vital territories. Their job will be to bolster our state news reports, in text and photos, while also continuing to strengthen our coverage of the United States for all our members and customers."

The six news editors are all currently AP news editors and have the brief to 'add oversight of one or more states'. The photo editors, under the oversight of Assistant National Photo Editor, Tom Stathis in Los Angeles, will take responsibility for photo coordination, photo consistency and quality for the four regions and the 50 state photo reports, according to AP.

Author

Jennifer Lush

Date

2009-11-23 15:00

After much speculation in the past few days about exactly how many staff were being laid off, the Associated Press has announced that a total of 90 employees worldwide have been let go this week, and that the company has thus reached its goal of cutting annual payroll costs by 10 percent.

A press release specified that this target had been set in October 2008 and that most of the reductions had been achieved through a continuing hiring freeze and attrition, and buyouts. The total number of layoffs this year has not been confirmed, and the AP said that the figure did not necessarily equate to 10 percent of staff, because of differences in wages.
The News Media Guild reported yesterday that 71 AP union members had been laid off, including 42 news staff, 22 editorial assistants, six photographers, and an office assistant. Twenty of those let go were based in New York City.

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Emma Goodman

Date

2009-11-20 11:47

As reported earlier, the Associated Press has been holding a series of layoffs this week. Though the official totals are still unavailable, there are some numbers coming in. According to the News Media Guild, which represents 1 300 of the AP's 4 000 employees, 71 AP union members have been laid off this week, reports Editor & Publisher.

In addition to the 57 Guild members laid off on Tuesday, 14 union employees reportedly got pink slips yesterday. Thus far those let go include 42 newspersons, 22 editorial assistants, 6 photographer, and an office assistant. The Guild does not have any numbers for the amount of non-Guild members or managerial staff laid off this week.

The New York City office took the brunt of the layoffs having had a reported 20 staff laid off Tuesday. Other affected offices include Washington, D.C.; Syracuse, New York; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Dayton, Ohio; Roanoke, Virginia; Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Jacksonville, Florida.

Author

Betsey Reinsborough

Date

2009-11-19 18:52

As speculated, the Associated Press laid-off an undisclosed number of employees Tuesday. According to the AP, the move was done to reach its goal of cutting payroll costs by 10 percent.

The cost cutting has been slowly implemented since last October when the AP announced that it would be lowering its fees for newspapers and broadcasters in a move to help those hit by the recession and the shift of readers to the internet. The projected fall in revenue from the reduced fees will be about 6 percent this year, to $700million.

Even with the drop in fees, many papers have cancelled their subscriptions to the AP to attempt even bigger cost cutting. Tribune Co., which filled for Chapter 11 last December, recently ran a test week in which none of the company's papers used AP stories. However, many papers that gave the AP the required two-year have begun to cancel their cancellation requests.

Author

Betsey Reinsborough

Date

2009-11-18 12:50

The Associated Press and Verve Wireless are teaming up to provide a 'white label' mobile app builder for publishers. The service will allow publishers to create a customized mobile platform for their products, based on the AP mobile app.

The offer is aimed at smaller publications that don't have the resources to develop their own mobile application Jeff Litvack, AP's general manager of mobile and emerging products, said, "Building an app from scratch is time consuming and costly, there are numerous things to consider, and we want AP member news outlets to leverage what we've learned from our experiences with AP Mobile, freeing them to focus on creating compelling editorial content as well as developing new means for advertisers to reach readers."

Under the terms of the service, Verve will handle the set up and launch of a publishers' branded app, providing opportunities for media companies to deliver relevant local news to mobile users through a highly customizable interface supported by existing and in-network advertisers.

Of course, the service isn't free. Verve takes a cut from any ad revenue, and the apps will require a minimum of ad revenue to be maintained.

"Developing and maintaining a single mobile application that works great across a publishers` entire content spectrum isn't easy," said Art Howe, chief executive officer of Verve Wireless.

Author

Nestor Bailly

Date

2009-11-06 17:30

The Associated Press is extending its AP Mobile News Network throughout the Americas, with the launch of AP Mobile América Latina, a multimedia wireless news portal that expands the popular AP Mobile news network to its consumers.

The service offers Latin American news sources via AP Mobile en Español, providing international, national and local news from participating news providers in Spanish to consumers in the U.S. and via the new AP Mobile Latina to users throughout Latin America.

The launch was announced on Thursday in connection with the general assembly of the Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

AP's senior vice president for global product development, Jane Seagrave, said in a statement:

"AP Mobile en Español and AP Mobile America Latina will be regional options in all current AP Mobile outlets including the WAP site as well as the iPhone, Palm Pre, Android and Nokia client applications," adding that the service will soon be available on more handsets and carriers.

Author

Helena Humphrey

Date

2009-11-06 15:12

The Associated Press has announced that some 50 newspapers who had previously given notice of cancellation to the service, have changed their minds and withdrawn those notices in the last few months.

In a statement to Editor and Publisher, AP's director of media relations, Paul Colford said: "We are pleased and gratified by these members' decisions."

"The Associated Press, the gold standard for breaking news, has been working with all members of the cooperative to determine their needs and to ensure that the AP news report retains its value to them and their readers."

About 130 other newspapers are pending cancellation with the news wire, which requires a two year notice period before official cancellation takes effect.

The news comes following the decision of all Tribune Co. newspapers to trial reporting without the aide of AP sources for a week. The company filed for Chapter 11 bankrupcy in December last year, and has since been looking for ways to cut back on costs.

Author

Jennifer Lush

Date

2009-11-05 13:38

The Tribune's newspaper chain will go AP-free as of next week in an experiment to see if it can manage without the news feed and eventually cut back on the cost of subscribing to it altogether.

The trial period is expected to start next week (Nov 8), just over a year since Tribune Co. gave AP the required two year notice of cancellation.

The Chicago Tribune reported on one of its blogs that Tribune Co. newspapers would see if they could survive without the Associated Press news feed, utilizing as little content as practical during the week, instead trying to replace it with stories selected from other sources such as Reuters, The Washington Post, CNN, The New York Times and GlobalPost. Not all the sources are normally available to Tribune papers, the AP reported.

Author

Jennifer Lush

Date

2009-11-03 14:53

Nieman Journalism Lab has published the full speech given by Associated Press chief executive Tom Curley at the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents' Club last week, in which he mentioned the possibility of offering AP content as an exclusive for a certain period of time. In his speech, Curley focused on how the organisation is trying to create new revenue streams and to protect its content.

"First of all," Curley said, "more people are seeking news more times a time in more places than ever before." However, there are also more people creating news, and Curley sees "an oversupply, at least in the short term," which he believes is causing difficulties in the market. It is no secret that the AP has been suffering financially from reduced membership fees in recent years.

So what is the AP going to do differently to bring in more revenue? There will always be a base license fee for AP content, Curley said, but the association is imagining "a number of premium products." Using content in further syndication or email services could be charged extra, or using it in aggregation, Curley said. This is when he mentioned the possibility of exclusives given for a certain amount of time, which was widely reported last week.

Author

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Emma Goodman

Date

2009-10-13 17:32

The Associated Press is considering offering online news customers the chance to pay to receive stories earlier for a short period of exclusivity, AP CEO Tom Curley said yesterday. Currently, all outlets which licence AP content get all material at the same time, an Associated Press article clarified.

Curley was speaking at the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents' Club. He did not give details about how such a service would work, but did suggest that the period of exclusivity would be perhaps "20 or 30 minutes" and that it would be possible to reserve products. He did not specify target customers.

The AP chief also said that the AP hopes to capitalise on the intensifying battle between Microsoft and Google in their fight for online audiences. He said that this could provide an opening for content producers to benefit. The AP's licensing deal with Google expires at the end of this year and that with Microsoft at the end of next. Back in June, Curley expressed a hope to obtain better licensing contracts with its large Internet customers as a way to make up for lost income from newspapers and broadcasters, after the association lowered its fees this year.

Author

Emma Goodman's picture

Emma Goodman

Date

2009-10-07 10:01

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