Anick Jesandun, AP Tech Writer, Dies At 51 From Coronavirus

He ran marathons on every continent, including Antarctica — 83 of them in all, many followed by a visit to an obscure craft brewery. Last year, he watched 365 movies — most of them in theaters. And Anick Jesdanun made sure — always — that when millions of people read his coverage of the internet […]

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TVN Tech | News Workflows Get COVID-19 Stress Test

With coronavirus pushing numerous staffers into remote working situations, broadcasters are increasingly looking to exploit all of the remote functionality in their newsroom computer systems. Improved IP connectivity and better automation software is helping to make that happen.

The AP Built A tool To Help Newsrooms In New York Share News With Each Other

AP, Report For America To Cover Statehouses

The Associated Press will add a statehouse reporter in 13 states as part of a new partnership with Report for America, the organizations announced Monday.

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TVN Tech | Automation Becomes Major Multiplatform Tool

Automation technology is fast evolving to keep up with demand for content on multiple platforms. Vendors say it helps eliminate redundant tasks and integrates as many platforms as possible without posing a threat to jobs or creative control.

The Rise Of The Robot Reporter

Steve Harvey To Host NFL Honors When AP Awards Are Announced

TV personality Steve Harvey will host the NFL Honors show on Feb. 2, when The Associated Press hands out its individual league awards. The two-hour prime-time show airing on CBS will be held at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. Harvey hosts the daytime talk show “Steve,” the children’s variety series “Little Big Shots” and the […]

AP Signs On With Journalism Blockchain Civil

Civil Media Co. is a startup that aims to support a network of high-quality news outlets through the sale of cryptocurrency. The AP will license its content to the newsrooms in the Civil network (there are 14, and they include startups like ZigZag and Block Club Chicago), as it does with other news outlets. Also, AP and Civil are working together on a blockchain based-technology that will let Civil newsrooms track the flow of their content and enforce licensing rights.

NAB 2018

AP Launches Editorial Planning Solution

AP Playbook is a cloud-hosted software platform designed and developed by the same team responsible for AP’s news production software AP ENPS, with which it is compatible.

AP Names Nancy Benac White House News Editor

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nancy Benac, a veteran Washington journalist who has covered the presidency and national political campaigns, has been named White House news editor at The Associated Press. The appointment was announced Monday by Julie Pace, AP’s Washington bureau chief. Benac will lead a team of AP reporters covering all aspects of President Donald […]

Facebook Changes How It Identifies ‘Fake News’

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook says it is changing how it identifies “fake news” stories on its platform to a more effective system. The social-media network had put “disputed” labels on stories that fact-checkers found false. Instead, now it will bring up “related articles” next to the false stories that give context from fact-checkers on the stories’ […]

NEWSTECHFORUM 2017

Making News Millennials Will Want To Watch

One of the biggest challenges for news operations is stopping young consumers’ thumbs from moving from a new story to other distractions on mobile devices. Techniques that news organizations are testing to attract and retain millennials include fresh presentations, voice interfaces, automation, augmented reality and creating chat-like apps.

Media Wants To See Vegas Shooting Records

Several news organizations have filed lawsuits urging officials to release more information about the Las Vegas shooting, claiming they are violating public records law by keeping many of the details a secret. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and the FBI have been tight-lipped in recent weeks amid a mounting outcry from the public for more information on the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Newspaper Decline Hurts AP Earnings

Net income last year shrank to $1.6 million from $183.6 million in 2015, a 99 percent decline. Revenue also edged downward, reflecting continued contraction in the newspaper industry and a stronger U.S. dollar that reduced the value of overseas sales.

Sharers, Not Authors, Found Key To Social

The person who shares a news story on social media is more important than the story’s actual source in determining whether readers believe it, a study by the Media Insight Project has found.

AP’s Plan To Get Hyperlocal Data To Reporters

Since 2013, The Associated Press has been making an intentional effort to put data in the hands of local reporters. In the last few years, this meant assisting with Freedom of Information Act requests and putting a team of four engineers to work building visualizations and extracting insights from massive spreadsheets. Today the AP is entering into a joint pilot program with Data.world to equip reporters with granular, local, data for more telling stories.

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 Acquires British Movietone Film Archive

AP Blasts DOJ OKing Impersonation Of Journalists

AP Municipal Bond Index Launches Monday

The AP hasn’t put its name on a financial market index since FDR was president, but it will do it again Monday with a new, branded index to measure municipal bond performance. In a memo sent out Friday, Global Business Editor Lisa Gibbs says the initiative makes sense because these bonds “offer windows into the financial health and doings of our states and cities, where AP’s reporting is second to none.”

Kathleen Carroll, AP’s Top Editor, Stepping Down

NEW YORK (AP) — Kathleen Carroll, the executive editor of The Associated Press for the last 14 years, will leave her post at the end of the year. The news was announced Wednesday by Gary Pruitt, president and chief executive officer of The AP. Pruitt said that Carroll will help with the leadership transition. A […]

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.

 

MEDIA INSIGHT PROJECT SURVEY

Blacks, Hispanics Doubt Media Accuracy

Three-fourths of African-American news consumers and two-thirds of Hispanics have doubts about what mainstream media report about their communities, according to a survey released Tuesday by the Media Insight Project. And while most say it’s become easier to get news generally in the last five years, few feel the same way about news regarding their own community, the survey said.

Associated Press ‘Beefing Up’ Newsroom

AP Video Hub Still Bets On Raw Footage

The Associated Press initally expected that its Video Hub would be a steady stream of accessible video for newspapers to use in online TV operations. But two years after its launch, few newspapers have employed the traditional TV news-style online. Instead, they are using AP raw video alongside existing text, graphic and photo content.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.”

Associated Press Updates Social Media Guidelines

QUARTERLY REPORT

AP Sees Slight Revenue Decline In 2012

NEW YORK — The Associated Press said Monday that its revenue declined slightly in 2012 because U.S. elections and the Olympics drew less interest than expected, but it was largely successful in replacing lost revenue with increased sales of video and photos. Revenue dropped 0.8 percent to $622.2 million last year from $627.6 million in […]

AP Wins Court Case Against News Aggregator

AP Announces Inauguration Coverage Plans

The Associated Press is is planning to provide full text, photo, video, interactive and social media coverage of Monday’s presidential inauguration, including a live blog and a Twitter feed.

NEWS ANALYSIS BY DAVID GOETZL

Nets Should Follow AP And Monitize Twitter

It looks like networks may have some new, unexpected inventory to sell: their Twitter feeds. The Associated Press and Samsung appear to have established a template this week, where a network could place ads atop their own pages as well as feeds for individual shows, which would seem to be more coveted by advertisers.

Tribune Co. Newspapers Dropping AP

The Chicago Tribune and six other newspapers owned by Tribune Co. are dropping the services of Associated Press, effective in early January. In addition to the flagship Tribune, other company-owned papers cutting ties with the 166-year-old global news provider are the Baltimore Sun, Orlando Sentinel, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Hartford Courant, Morning Call of Allentown, Pa., and Daily Press of Newport News, Va.

Pruitt: AP Will Work Close With Members

New Associated Press president and CEO Gary Pruitt pledged to continue close cooperation with member news organizations on news collection, open government efforts and generating online advertising revenue.