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 firstname.lastname@example.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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