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									Associated Press begins Member Choice pricing rollout

                                               The Associated Press has begun rolling out
                                      details of its new pricing to members, a plan that will
                                      return up to $21 million to U.S. newspapers. The
                                      reductions are part of the most important overhaul in
                                      pricing and structure of AP content in the history of
                                      the cooperative, and will greatly expand the content
                                      that newspapers receive, as well as simplify the
                                      process by which they are assessed. This historic
                                      shift changes the traditional arrangement, from AP
                                      providing pre-defined “wires” to customers, to
                                      allowing them open access to AP content and the
                                      ability to create highly customized slices of news
                                      coverage.
                                               Starting later this year, all member
                                      newspapers will gain access to a real-time database
                                      of all the English-language breaking news content
that AP produces worldwide. They also will gain tools that allow them to search for
locally relevant stories, photos, graphics and other content from within the database. The
changes significantly increase the amount of content newspapers can draw from for local,
national and niche or targeted publications. Under the plan, called Member Choice, AP
will also broaden newspapers’ licenses for the first time to allow use of AP content
within the full range of a member’s local publications.
        Members will receive their provisional pricing details for Member Choice over
the next month. The rate changes are subject to final approval by the AP Board of
Directors meeting in late July. AP rates traditionally have been set and distributed each
October.
        Additionally, a detailed Member Choice Product Guide and companion Web site
are now available to members. For more information and access to both, please contact
your local chief of bureau.
        Read more about the Member Choice roll-out plan on AP’s corporate Web site at:
http://www.ap.org/pages/about/pressreleases/pr_062508a.html.


Only one month remains until the Opening Ceremonies for the Beijing Games on
August 8!

        The Associated Press and
partner STATS LLC will be
presenting premium full-time
coverage of the 2008 Beijing
Summer Olympic Games
through the “Summer Games
Plus” product. From archery to
wrestling, Summer Games Plus
offers non-stop coverage, including data feeds, editorial previews, athlete biographies,
and interactive Flash applications along with award-winning photos, audio reports, video
and video links to NBC coverage. Unlike the core Olympic product, which provides
limited copy, statistics and multimedia, Summer Games Plus content includes:
     Extensive event editorial (approx. 300 stories per day)
     Complete daily AP photo coverage (approx. 1,000 photos per day) and galleries
     Flash sports and feature interactives describing events, rules, venues, and more
     NBC video links embedded in stories as events end (not embargoed)
     AP Online Video (7-10 per day)
     AP Photo Archive
     And much more!
        This vast array of content can be delivered in a simple, flexible turn-key hosted
solution that provides complete customization and eliminates the need for programming
and editorial resources. Partner STATS LLC will handle the setup and site integration
and have your service up and running with 24/7 live technical support.
        For more information, contact your local chief of bureau or visit
www.ap.org/2008games.


AP to offer upgrade to mobile news service on iPhone

                                       The Associated Press unveiled an iPhone program
                               for accessing its newly launched service that delivers
                               news, photos and video to mobile phones. The new
                               software, which was demonstrated at Apple Inc.’s
                               Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco,
                               enables faster downloads and the ability to read news
                               even when the phone isn’t connected to the Internet. With
                               the free iPhone-specific application, users will also be
able to submit news and photos back to the AP directly form their iPhones if they happen
to capture images from the scene of a breaking news event.
        Read more about this AP software upgrade at:
http://www.ap.org/pages/about/whatsnew/wn_061008a.html.


Exciting news about the AP Member MarketPlace

        The AP Member MarketPlace, or State News Exchange, is a new service that lets
you share news with other member newspapers in your state. There’s no cost to join.
With the Member MarketPlace you can share breaking news, features, photos or graphics
with all papers in your state or only selected newsrooms. A few clicks in AP Exchange
open this world of collaboration and locally relevant content.
        The service launched in April with seven accounts and now includes more than
130 newspapers sharing stories and photos among themselves. So far, the
most vibrant State News Exchange is Florida and several new members joined in June.
One active member, The Charlotte Sun, has begun a daily Florida page that features text
and photo content from the news exchange and the largest paper to join so far is the Palm
Beach Post. The June wave also included papers from across the nation, and participation
is gaining even more momentum.
        Currently, members can take part in regular orientation conference calls, held
every Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. ET. These calls are designed to orient editors on using the AP
Member MarketPlace/State News Exchange.
        For more information on the Member MarketPlace, or to participate in one of
these orientations, contact your local chief of bureau.


AP Lifestyles now available online

        AP Lifestyles Online officially launches in July, making available video,
interactives and slideshows to accompany text and photos covering all aspects of people's
daily lives. Subscribers can watch a video on making the perfect cocktail or listen to AP
Fashion Writer Samantha Critchell critique red carpet fashion or see a slideshow on how
to crochet. Subscribers also receive text in an easy-to-launch turnkey service with AP
Exchange, XML (NNTP) or Atom delivery.
        AP Lifestyles Online is produced by a core staff of eight based in New York, with
reports from AP staffers across the nation and around the globe. It offers timeless content
as well as timely content off the news every weekday.
        For more information, contact your local chief of bureau or Lifestyles Editor
Diane Davis at ddavis@ap.org.


Print and online editions of the 2008 AP Stylebook on sale now

                                 The 2008 print edition of The Associated Press
                         Stylebook features one of the most comprehensive updates in its
                         history, with more than 200 new entries, ranging from anti-virus
                         to iPhone to WMD. AP Editor at Large Darrell Christian,
                         Deputy Managing Editor Sally Jacobsen and Manager for News
                         Administration David Minthorn coordinated the global team of
                         AP staffers who collaborated on the update.
                                 AP also offers a subscription-based Stylebook Online,
                         which provides searchable access and the means to create a
                         personal stylebook. Subscribers to the AP Stylebook Online
                         Edition get changes throughout the year as AP editors make
                         them, as well as periodic e-mail notifications about new
                         changes.
                                 The new print edition and online subscriptions can be
                         ordered online through the secure site,
http://www.apbookstore.com. The order form also allows customers to create an invoice
to pay by check or money order, credit or debit card, and member news organizations can
request direct assessment. The new edition costs $11.75 for member news organizations,
$11.75 for college bookstores and $18.95 retail.
        You can read more about the new changes to the 2008 AP Stylebook at:
http://www.ap.org/pages/about/pressreleases/pr_062608a.html.


Hal Ritter named business editor of The Associated Press

        Hal Ritter, a founding editor of USA Today who helped launch
the newspaper’s Money section, has been named business editor of
The Associated Press, responsible for global coverage of financial
news. Ritter, who has been acting business editor for three months,
succeeds Kevin Noblet, who resigned. Ritter, 56, began working for
AP as a consultant in February 2006, and became director of special
projects in April 2007. He was one of the architects of AP’s Money &
Markets service.
        To read more about Ritter’s appointment, visit the AP
corporate site at: http://www.ap.org/pages/about/pressreleases/pr_061608a.html.


AP Entertainment appoints 3 to new positions

        The Associated Press has
appointed three managers to new positions
as a part of its expansion of entertainment
coverage across the globe in all formats.
Alicia Quarles, an entertainment broadcast
producer and manager for AP, has been
named editor for national entertainment
video. Antonia Ball, London entertainment news editor for AP Television, has been
named editor for international entertainment video. Nick Moore, online video manager in
New York, has been named manager of entertainment operations and output. The
appointments were announced by Dan Becker, AP’s director of entertainment content, to
whom all three managers will report.
        Quarles will be based in New York and direct AP’s entertainment video coverage
in the United States, leading staff based primarily in New York and Los Angeles. Ball
will remain in London and direct video coverage in international markets. Moore will be
based in New York and direct operations across video, photo and text to ensure a
consistent editorial process.
        Read more about these AP Entertainment appointments at:
http://www.ap.org/pages/about/whatsnew/wn_060908a.html.


Special Editions

   The “Back to School” Special Edition will move July 8. Stories include:
    The changing sneaker
    Tips for moms going along on school trips
      A look at a federal program that introduces the teaching of targeted languages in
       elementary schools
      Biking to school, and efforts to encourage it again
      The status of the college admissions essay
      Help for parents of special needs students making the transition to college

   The Special Editions calendar for the remainder of the year:
    Aug. 5 – Teens & Tweens
    Sep. 9 – Cars
    Oct. 7 – Crafts/Hobbies
    Nov. 4 – Holidays
    Dec. 9 - Weddings


Beats of the Week

Guatemala adoptions

                                              The young mother had already given up her
                                     baby girl for adoption once. Now, months later, the
                                     child was back in her lap, smiling and playing with
                                     her mother's fingers. And Karen Donis, a 24-year-old
                                     Guatemalan woman, had to make the decision all
                                     over again. With this heart-wrenching anecdote, AP's
                                     Guatemala City correspondent Juan Carlos Llorca
                                     opened his exclusive story about a new government
                                     effort to reform an adoption system that had been hit
with widespread allegations of corruption and abuse.
         To ensure that women really want to give their babies up, the government has
held up all pending adoptions until they can be located. Then, the mothers must prove
their babies were not stolen or sold - and they must hold their children one last time
before agreeing to the adoption. Llorca wanted to see the new system from the inside. His
persistence with authorities paid off, earning him and photographer Rodrigo Abd
unparalleled access to the closed hearings. Llorca and Abd sat through four days of
interviews with birth mothers before finding one who was willing to give her name and
tell her story.

CEO compensation

        When a company’s fortunes decline, does the
CEO get a pay cut? Don’t count on it if it’s one of the
nation’s top companies. AP presented the most extensive
report ever produced by a media organization on CEO
salaries, built on exclusive AP calculations that have
become the industry standard. The AP package was
based on analysis of reports by more than 400 companies
in the S&P 500 that filed proxy statements in the first 6 months of the year. AP found that
median pay for CEOs grew by 3.5 percent despite the troubled economy and profit
downturns at many companies. Rachel Beck and Matt Fordahl bylined the main story.
Fordahl created and managed the project’s extensive database; Sean McDade designed it
into an extensive online presentation with deep detail on hundreds of CEOs and their
companies. The package won at least 12 front-page plays, numerous business fronts and
dominated Web fronts of business sites like Yahoo Finance and MSN Money.

Obama delegates

                                         41.5. That was the "magic number" Stephen
                                 Ohlemacher announced on June 3 to the political team in
                                 Washington - the precise number of delegates Barack
                                 Obama still needed to sew up the Democratic
                                 nomination. Since the start of the year, Ohlemacher
                                 had tracked the loyalties of some 800 superdelegates and
                                 become an expert on the sometimes mind-boggling
                                 math set by party rules. And he had made AP's tally the
                                 industry standard. But now, on the last day of the primary
season, all was at risk unless AP could be first to show Obama clinching the nomination.
        The political team divided up the list of uncommitted superdelegates to see how
many were moving into the Obama column. The magic number started
dwindling. Shortly past 1 p.m., Ohlemacher told the team they were two shy. A few
minutes later, AP's reporting erased that gap. That bulletin moved at 1:26 p.m., saying
that Obama had effectively clinched the nomination, counting delegates he was sure to
pick up that night from South Dakota and Montana. The team then redoubled its efforts
toward the second goal: confirming that Obama had enough delegates even without the
night's elections. AP moved a rare FLASH at 4:59 p.m. All the cable channels
immediately cited AP as did the major newspapers.
 newspapers.

								
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