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AP byline strike?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by nietsroob17, Feb 10, 2011.

  1. nietsroob17

    nietsroob17 Active Member

    Pardon me if it's been reported elsewhere, or not for the board, but is there another AP byline strike going on tonight?

    I know stringers are used on occasion, but I find it a little hard to believe that there'd be a stringer working the Jazz beat with Sloan's resignation (I saw DeBruin's name on an earlier story), NASCAR Media Day (I can't believe Fryer wouldn't be there) and the Celtics-Lakers game with Ray Allen's 3-point record (I would think both Ulman and Golen would be there for that).
  2. hondo

    hondo Well-Known Member

    If AP guys are staging any kind of work stoppage/protest, fuck 'em. They get paid higher and the product is getting crappier all the time in terms of quality and speed.
  3. berniefocker

    berniefocker New Member

    yeah there is a protest going on i saw it on one of the AP writers twitter pages yesterday
  4. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Why cause?
  5. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    Seems to be sporadic. Ferguson has his name on the story from Pebble Beach.
  6. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    Is Ferguson not in solidarity with his fellow brothers and sisters?
  7. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    His head is, but his heart is in Abu Dhabi...
  8. forever_town

    forever_town Active Member

    Byline strikes are pointless.

    AP byline strikes are even more so.
  9. MightyMouse

    MightyMouse Member

    I used to work at a paper that never used AP bylines. We were told to just use "The Associated Press" or leave the (AP) in the dateline. I always thought that was a dumb rule, though I didn't notice the lack of bylines tonight, and we always run them.
    Does anyone know what their beef is? I'm tempted to make a snide comment, but I know very little about what's asked of them vs. what they're paid. Maybe they have a legitimate gripe. Then again, who in this business doesn't?
  10. mediaguy

    mediaguy Active Member

    Just because it goes out from AP with a byline doesn't mean it came in with one.
  11. Diego Marquez

    Diego Marquez Member

    Don't they know they're just hurting themselves? Their editor will love telling them they wrote five fewer stories this year because he/she assesses quality by byline count.
  12. I Should Coco

    I Should Coco Well-Known Member

    I noticed this too, with both the Sloan resignation story and some BKC stuff, including a game where I know an AP staffer was there.

    Not sure what they're trying to accomplish, though.

    And like others have said, 95 percent of newspapers using these stories cut the bylines out anyway.
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