2020 Indelible TV Moments

Television and its mobile iterations bore witness to a tumultuous year of presidential politics, the pandemic and racial reckoning, including the agonizing scene of a man begging police for his life that galvanized Black Lives Matter protests.

AP Drops CMA Awards Coverage Over Dispute

The wire service has refused to accept limitations that organizers of the show have placed on images from the venue that it believes affects its ability to accurately report on the event. The restrictions prevent AP from providing coverage of the ceremony “to its standards,” according to an advisory it sent to members. The AP will not write about, take images of or shoot video of the show, which airs Wednesday evening on ABC.

How The AP Plans To Report Election Results

As it does in every election, AP will collect and verify U.S. election returns in every county, parish, city and town across the country, covering races down to the legislative level in every state. This year AP will declare winners in 7,000 contests, doing the work so that the public knows as soon as possible who wins not only the White House, but control of Congress and every state legislature. Thousands of broadcasters, newspapers, digital outlets, and others will rely on AP’s results.

Q&A: Behind The AP News App With Dave Clark


Tech To Court Next-Gen At NewsTECHForum

CarvinKeefeRiordanMcCrackenAP’s Andy Carvin, Quartz’s John Keefe, The E.W. Scripps Co.’s Rob McCracken and GateHouse Media’s Penny Riordan will look at how social platforms, bots and voice-enabled technologies are building audience engagement and loyalty among cord-cutting millennials at TVNewsCheck’s sixth annual NewsTECH Forum on Dec. 11-12.


AP Adding More User-Generated Content

A new tool from the Associated Press will now allow users of its service to pull in topical and verified content shared by users on social media such as photos and videos around breaking news. Using the web interface provided by social media platform manager SAM (AP owns a stake in SAM and has been using it since 2015), AP Social Newswire lets AP clients look through social content that is being curated and vetted by AP editors in real-time.

AP Taps Sally Buzbee As Executive Editor

Buzbee is an Associated Press veteran who most recently headed its Washington D.C. bureau and has served as deputy managing editor in New York, Middle East regional editor in Cairo among other roles in her time with the organization since 1988. She succeeds Kathleen Carroll, who is stepping down after 14 years in the role.

How The AP Is Experimenting With Live Video

At the beginning of 2016, The Associated Press said the number of live videos it produced had increased by 25% in 2015 compared to the previous year, Livestreaming can give audiences a front row seat for watching stories develop over a longer period of time, not just when news breaks. AP is now producing around 600 lives per month, so which of its videos are most popular with publishers?

AP’s VR Lessons, One Year In

It doesn’t have to be expensive, for one thing: the Associated Press has used $400 cameras and partnered with outside specialists like Ryot for its own 20 video projects. And a very important takeaway is that most events don’t actually work for VR. How does one know? “The rule of thumb is ‘would you look around you in a certain situation?’ if the answer is yes, then maybe there is an opportunity to create a VR experience,” says AP’s Paul Cheung.

AP, Vice, Gannett Sue Over iPhone Hacking

The AP, Gannett and Vice are suing the FBI to learn how the government hacked an iPhone in its San Bernardino massacre investigation, specifically who it turned to for the solution and how much it spent. Eric Tucker reports on the lawsuit looking to get to the bottom of the “mysterious transaction.”

The AP Launches Native Ad Agency

The Associated Press is putting together a digital ad agency for its subscribers with sponsored content that can run against its own content inventory. It’s a move to help shore up its customer base, which has been slowly dropping AP subscriptions. AP will be working with Nativo on the back end, and the organization describes the effort as “not so much an ad agency shop as a photography and video shop.”

AP Exec Brian Hopman New Head Of ENPS

The longtime Associated Press manager will succeed the now-retired Lee Perryman as head of the multiplatform news production system. Also given new positions are Andy Wormser and Jason Smith.


AP Broadens Data Journalism With Grant

The Associated Press will bring data journalism to a wider range of news organizations with the help of a $400,000 grant from the Knight Foundation, the AP said today. AP will use the funds to bring on more data journalists and increase its distribution of localized data sets.

Behind The AP’s Apple Watch App Design

Michael Boord, director of mobile products at The Associated Press, describes the organization’s design approach to the Apple Watch. He says breaking news notifications will be joined by top story glances, and its functionality includes force touch to save stories for later and hand-off functionality.

AP Enters Podcast Business With PodcastOne

AP To FBI: Stop Impersonating Reporters

In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI Director James Comey, the president and CEO of the news cooperative, Gary Pruitt, demanded assurances that the FBI will never again impersonate a member of the news media, following revelations that an agent in Seattle portrayed himself as an AP journalist during a criminal investigation.


AP Sees Expanded Coverage, Growth Ahead

Gary Pruitt, president and CEO of The Associated Press, says he’s presiding over a healthier, debt-free AP that is targeting revenue growth this year and is reinvesting its profits in the company. Growing markets in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East are helping, as is increased demand for video.

FBI Faked AP Story To Catch Bomb Suspect

SEATTLE (AP) — The FBI confirmed Tuesday it faked an Associated Press story to catch a bomb threat suspect in 2007, but now says it did not spoof a Seattle Times Web page as part of the investigation. Police in Lacey, near Olympia, sought the FBI’s help as repeated bomb threats prompted a week of […]

AP To Automate Quarterly Earnings Stories

The Associated Press announced Monday that the majority of U.S. corporate earnings stories for its business news report will be produced using automation technology.

Fox Sports, AP To Sell STATS

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AP To Feature New Mobile Content System

The Associated Press will showcase its mobile version of AP ENPS, its multiplatform news production system, at the NAB Show in Las Vegas next week. Users can upload photos and video into AP ENPS along with stories using a smartphone, tablet or other mobile device and send to digital production or on-air broadcast.

AP Latest News Org To Try Sponsored Content

The Associated Press is planning to introduce sponsored articles into the stream of news stories on its mobile apps and hosted websites. The rollout is expected in early 2014, with potential sponsorship deals centered around major events the AP is planning to cover, such as the Super Bowl, the Winter Olympics and the Academy Awards.

Shield Law Sparks Debate Among Journalists

Last week, a Senate panel voted to approve a compromise that defined a journalist, clearing the way for the proposed media shield law to be voted on by the full Senate. But journalists around the country had plenty to say about a law that would exclude some bloggers.

Collaboration Ends AP-Meltwater War

AP London Deploys LiveU For Streaming

The newsgathering cooperative is using LiveU’s bonded cellular technology to provide live, multi-camera feeds for a fuller picture of breaking news as it unfolds. It’s also partnering with Swedish startup Bambuser to give citizens with the ability to be video eyewitnesses on behalf of the Associated Press and stream video via smartphones.

AP’s App Reboot Highlights Member Content

The new, more visually oriented iteration uses a photo tile layout, with larger tiles spotlighting top stories. Tiles can also be dedicated to individual sponsors and can click through to outside URLs or, potentially, native advertising.

AP Ending Opera, Dance, Off-Broadway Reviews

AP Buys Stake In UGC Vid Service Bambuser

The agreement will boost the AP’s ability to acquire and distribute video collected by people who have witnessed news events. As part of the deal, Sandy MacIntyre, AP’s director of global video news, will join Bambuser’s board as a director. The deal caps a three-year relationship between the news agency and Bambuser.

Pruitt: Five Ways To Secure Press Freedom

Gary Pruitt, president-CEO of the Associated Press, speaking at the National Press Club on Wednesday laid out five steps he said were imperative to help guarantee press freedom.


News Orgs Refuse Off-Record Meet With AG

The New York Times and the Associated Press have refused to attend a meeting this week with Attorney General Eric Holder to discuss guidelines for journalists in leak investigations. Jill Abramson, the Times‘ executive editor, cited the Justice Department’s request that the discussion be kept off the record as a reason for not attending.


Will AP, Fox News Be The End Of Eric Holder?

President Obama told the country that he didn’t want to criminalize reporting, and that he was going to ask his Justice Department to make sure not to do that anymore. To that end he is going to convene a panel, and urge the passage of a shield law. The question is, what will he do about Attorney General Eric Holder?


Pew: U.S. Not Very Interested In AP Scandal

Only about 16% of the U.S. population is keeping a close eye on the DOJ’s seizure of AP phone records, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. Of those who are following the story closely, 55% disapprove of the DOJ’s actions.

AP Chief: DOJ Probe Makes Sources Nervous

The Justice Department’s seizure of phone records for journalists at the Associated Press is hurting the agency’s ability to gather news, the wire service’s President Gary Pruitt said on Sunday.

AP Case Adds To WH’s Tough Stand On Leaks

The Obama administration has proven to be even tougher than President George W. Bush on prosecuting national security leaks. The seizure of Associated Press phone records this week is just the latest example.

Inside The AP: Fear And Determination

Reporters across The Associated Press are outraged over the Justice Department’s sweeping seizure of staff phone records — and they say such an intrusion could chill their relationships with confidential sources. In conversations on Tuesday, several AP staffers in Washington described feelings of anger and frustration with the DOJ and with the Obama administration in general.

Holder Faces Fallout From AP Seizure

Attorney General Eric Holder is at the center of an uproar over the Justice Department’s decision to seize Associated Press telephone records, a move denounced by critics as a gross intrusion into the freedom of the press.

RTDNA Slams DOJ For AP Records Grab

The TV news group calls the Justice Department action of secretly obtaining the AP phone records an “unprecedented invasion of privacy” and “a blatant violation of basic rights afforded by the First Amendment.”

Gov’t Secretly Obtained AP Phone Records

The records obtained by the Justice Department listed outgoing calls for the work and personal phone numbers of individual reporters, for general AP office numbers in New York, Washington and Hartford, Conn., and for the main number for the AP in the House of Representatives press gallery, according to attorneys for the AP. In all, the government seized the records for more than 20 separate telephone lines assigned to AP and its journalists in April and May of 2012.

Associated Press Updates Social Media Guidelines

Hackers Compromise AP Twitter Account

Hackers today sent a tweet that said that there had been two explosions at the White House and President Barack Obama was injured. The attack on AP’s Twitter account and AP Mobile Twitter account was preceded by a phishing attempt on AP’s corporate network.