Posts tagged with ‘ap’
The Associated Press, along with 28 other news organizations, launched NewsRight yesterday. The goal is license member content out to commercial aggregators.
Included in the service is an analytics suite that NewsRight’s creators says will let publishers understand what’s happening with their content. Via a NewsRight press release:
NewsRight will make it easy for publishers and third parties to access and use these data in editorial, marketing, advertising, public relations and other contexts involving the analysis of news events. Using the News Registry, a content measurement system developed at the Associated Press, NewsRight currently measures several billion impressions a month on news content from participating publishers. NewsRight participants and clients will receive real-time measurements about news patterns and how registered content is being used across digital platforms.
Over at Poynter, Rick Edmonds points out that NewsRight has competitors such as the older non-profit Copyright Clearance Center and the newer Attributor, but believes the move is putting the industry on track for a comprehensive paid digital content strategy:
Should NewsRight catch on big, as it founders hope, the industry will have in place a second leg to a paid digital content strategy. Paywalls and bundled print/digital subscriptions had a snowballing adoption curve in 2011 that will continue into this year. The New York Times metered model and its variations essentially ask heavy direct users of news websites to pay some of the cost of generating content.
NewsRight aims to apply the same strategy to aggregators, targeting those who make heavy (and commercial) use of content originated elsewhere. They are being asked to become payers rather than free riders.
Retweets, like tweets, should not be written in a way that looks like you’re expressing a personal opinion on the issues of the day. A retweet with no comment of your own can easily be seen as a sign of approval of what you’re relaying. For instance:
RT @jonescampaign smith’s policies would destroy our schools
RT @dailyeuropean at last, a euro plan that works bit.ly/xxxxx.
These kinds of unadorned retweets must be avoided.
However, we can judiciously retweet opinionated material if we make clear we’re simply reporting it, much as we would quote it in a story. Colons and quote marks help make the distinction:
RT Jones campaign now denouncing smith on education: @jonescampaign smith’s policies would destroy our schools
RT big European paper praises euro plan: @dailyeuropean “at last, a euro plan that works” bit.ly/xxxxx.
These cautions apply even if you say on your Twitter profile that retweets do not constitute endorsements.
If you’re an undergraduate or graduate student with a focus on journalism, innovation and technology, run this way.
Via the Online News Association:
The Associated Press and Google announce a new national scholarship program intended to foster digital and new media skills in student journalists. The Online News Association, the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists, will administer the program.
The AP-Google Journalism and Technology Scholarship program will provide $20,000 scholarships for the 2012-13 academic year to six promising undergraduate or graduate students pursuing or planning to pursue degrees at the intersection of journalism, computer science and new media. The program is targeted to individual students creating innovative projects that further the ideals of digital journalism. A key goal is to promote geographic, gender and ethnic diversity, with an emphasis on rural and urban areas.
Applications are now open for the 2012-2013 academic year. Deadline is this January. But why wait until then when you can do it now.
Read up on how Google thinks about the scholarship on the Google Blog.
— David Minthorn, the AP’s Deputy Standards Editor, said that the style guide’s size is unusual for being tied to a single news story, but 9/11 made it necessary.
If anything, the AP’s decision to start linking to original sources is a hindrance. Because now, in addition to news outlets everywhere reproducing the same exact stories, they will all include unlinkedbit.ly URLs.
For the whole article, please see 10,000 Words.
A freelance photographer for AP was caught manipulating sand granules in one of his photos of children playing soccer in Argentina. A memo was later sent out announcing that the photographer would no longer be associated with AP as their “reputation is paramount.”
Is this an example of technology as a double-edged sword? What does photo (or even content) manipulation say about credibility in an industry when credibility is the foundation?
The Associated Press recently fell for a hoax, reporting that GE was giving back a $3.2 billion tax refund to the United States. A writer at USA Today made fun of the AP for that. Thing is? USA Today had both syndicated and Tweeted the flawed AP story — and he didn’t mention anything about it.
MediaBugs’ Mark Follman asks, now that content aggregation, curation, syndication and Twitter are pervasive in the news, what should disclosures and corrections look like, who should issue them and when?
From his post:
There may…be an increasing tendency, navigating today’s ephemeral sea of news, to shrug off responsibility for nonproprietary content.
Is that understated, diplomatic or sarcastic? We can’t decide. We’d love to see someone create a technology that automatically corrects factually flawed stories in syndication, though.
The photographers must use good judgment as to when to keep making pictures and when to peel off to transmit. Sometimes one photographer on a story is asked to file their images early, allowing others to spend more time with the subjects. We always strive to be ‘first, right and relevant’; get great images that are relevant and accurate and deliver them first. So there is pressure to file early, however there’s no point getting inaccurate, irrelevant photos sent in record time as they’ll get lost within hours if not minutes.
Tony Hicks, Regional Photo Editor for Europe and Africa at the Associated Press, explaining one of the ways photojournalism has changed in the digital age.
He’s responding to questions from Phil Coomes, BBC Pictures Editor, who’s exploring how photojournalists can get noticed when organizations such as his receive more than 8,000 images per day from wire services, on top of what their own photographers and freelancers are submitting.
Phil Coomes, BBC, Drowning in Pictures.
Jon Krawczynski, Associated Press, via his Twitter account after a January 24 basketball game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Houston Rockets.
"Rambis" is the coach of the Timberwolves and had complained about a foul called, and the subsequent points scored because of it, against his team.
Referee Bill Spooner denies the conversation and has sued Krawczynski for defamation. He seeks $75,000 in damages.
The goal is to digitally track the use of content and collect royalties for its use.
Via the Wall Street Journal:
The Associated Press is launching what it hopes is the newspaper industry’s answer to ASCAP, an organization that helps songwriters get paid for every song played in public.
The board of the news cooperative on Thursday approved the formation of an independent entity tasked with tracking and policing the use of content from the AP and its member news organizations, and helping them get paid for it.
The entity, called the News Licensing Group and expected to launch this summer, is the outgrowth of simmering tensions among traditional news organizations over how their material is distributed online. As their readers have migrated online, many traditional news organizations have complained that they haven’t been able to adequately capitalize on the Internet in part because there are so many other websites repurposing their material.
Might be easier said than done.
As Rick Edmonds of Poynter observes:
But as AP goes to market with the high-profile service, it will find an established competitor vying to hold a big share of that business.
Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) has been harvesting royalties for re-use of material for more than 30 years. Most big newspapers are among its clients. There is room for multiple vendors in the field, a senior CCC executive told me last month, but AP may find the new venture tricky to perfect.
Fred Haber, CCC’s general counsel, said in a phone interview “there are two distinct sides to the business.” Enforcement involves tracking down unauthorized uses and sending “nastygram” notices to pay up. But the real money comes from establishing an efficient system that matches a large number of payers with a large number of content providers.