McCartney Appointed AP’s Entertainment & Lifestyles Editor

Anthony McCartney, The Associated Press’ West Coast entertainment editor who as a reporter covered the legal aftermath of Michael Jackson’s death and many celebrity trials, has been appointed the news cooperative’s global entertainment and lifestyles editor. AP Deputy Managing Editor Sarah Nordgren made the announcement on Wednesday. “McCartney has been a leader in entertainment coverage […]

Tech Reporter Brandon Baliey Leaving The AP

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.

AP Looks To Extend Automated Writing

Associated Press reporters spend about 800 hours a week turning print stories into a broadcast format. It’s looking to automate that process by 80%, and Joseph Lichterman looks at how the organization wants to use machine learning to that end in its work with Matter Ventures

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 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.

AP, Movietone To Place Archives On YouTube

LONDON (AP) — The Associated Press and British Movietone are placing their extensive newsreel archives on YouTube. They will place more than 1 million minutes of digitized film footage on the video-sharing platform. The archive will include coverage of major historical events like the bombing of Pearl Harbor and footage of celebrities like Elvis Presley, […]

Major Media Cos. Unite To Test ‘News Drones’

ABC, NBC, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Associated Press and Reuters are among the 15 outlets that are on board for the research effort, which was announced on Tuesday. The tests will take place in Virginia in a partnership with Virginia Tech.

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 Posts First Revenue Gain In Six Years

The Associated Press reports its first revenue gain in six years, up 1% to $604 million from the previous year, it noted in its 2014 year in review report on Wednesday. Profits climbed to $140.9 million, the highest since 2009.

AP CEO: Killing Journos Should Be War Crime

The Associated Press’ President and CEO Gary Pruitt on Monday called for changes to international laws that would make killing journalists or holding them hostage a war crime. Pruitt told a Hong Kong audience that journalists are increasingly being seen as targets by extremist groups.

AP Sues State Dept. Over Clinton Records

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, comes a day after Hillary Clinton broke her silence about her use of a private email account while secretary of state. The FOIA requests and lawsuit seek materials related to her public and private calendars, correspondence involving longtime aides likely to play key roles in her expected campaign for president, and Clinton-related emails about the Osama bin Laden raid and National Security Agency surveillance practices.

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.

Q&A WITH GARY PRUITT

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 […]

Morrison Named AP’s Head Of US Video Production

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press has named Vaughn Morrison as its new head of US video production. Morrison, who will be based in Washington, will focus on domestic video output for Associated Press Television News, AP Video-US and online. Morrison spent a decade at CNN in Atlanta as a network supervising producer and also […]

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.

QUARTERLY REPORT

AP Posts Profit In 2013 Even As Revenue Falls

NEW YORK — The Associated Press said Wednesday that it posted a net profit of $3.3 million in 2013, as it cut costs across the organization. The results compare with a loss of $25.5 million a year ago, according to the news cooperative’s annual financial report, released Wednesday. Revenue fell 4 percent to $596 million […]

Univision, Cox Chiefs Join AP Board

NAB 2014

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.

Bob Thomas, Dean Of Hollywood Reporters, Dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bob Thomas, the longtime Associated Press writer and dean of Hollywood reporters who covered a record 66 Oscar ceremonies, reported on the biggest stars, from Clark Gable to Tom Cruise, and filed AP’s bulletin that Robert F. Kennedy had been shot, died Friday. He was 92. Thomas, a last link to […]

RTDNF Honors First Amendment Winners

On Wednesday evening, the Radio Television Digital News Foundation honored Gannett’s David Lougee, NBC News’ Lester Holt, ABC News’ Robin Sproul, CBS News’ Bill Plante and The Associated Press for their commitment to press freedoms at the 24th Annual First Amendment Awards Dinner in Washington.

Q&A WITH ERIC CARVIN

AP’s Carvin: News Battle Near For Twitter, FB

Twitter and Facebook are setting themselves up for a battle for news supremacy among social media networks. Twitter, though, holds the upper hand, according to Eric Carvin, social media editor at the Associated Press. Twitter has “come to realize the value that the news industry has in terms of what people want to consume on social,” Carvin says. In an interview with NetNewsCheck, Carvin discusses potential news moves from those social platforms, along with the sleeper potential of Google Plus.

Collaboration Ends AP-Meltwater War

AP Ending Opera, Dance, Off-Broadway Reviews

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.

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.

AP Adds ‘Mental Illness’ Entry To Stylebook

Detlet Hiring Signifies Shift In AP Digital Aims

The AP is testing the waters for building a consumer brand that doesn’t rely on newspaper intermediaries. This week’s hiring of Ken Detlet to lead the news organization’s digital ad strategy signals that the AP is looking to add value by creating custom opportunities for brands.

AP Rolls Out New Digital Video Archive

The archive contains video from more than 1.3 million global news and entertainment stories and will feature an “a la carte” pricing model, as well as a subscription service.

Associated Press Launches AP Video-US

The Associated Press today introduced AP Video-US, a daily selection of top news and feature stories from the U.S. and around the world delivered in broadcast-quality HD video via a secure Web portal. All the video content posted will be rights-cleared for multiple platforms and will include regional, national and international stories, as well as […]

Inergize, AP Introduce ENPS Integration

The Inergize Web CMS now fully integrates AP ENPS newsroom systems, making it easier for TV stations to distribute on-air content on websites, mobile devices and social platforms.

Gary Pruitt Starts Job As AP President

Former McClatchy chief executive Gary Pruitt joins the Associated Press today as its new president and he promises employees “to be honest and open.”