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AP limited service for sports

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by KWinMo, Feb 4, 2010.

  1. KWinMo

    KWinMo New Member

    We just moved to the AP limited service, and I was wondering if anyone else with that level of service could offer a better understanding of what stories I can expect. The folks at AP weren't the most helpful. I know I'll get anything from the state, but I was told only two national stories per day. If you have this level of service now and can offer a little more insight, I'd appreciate it. Thanks.
  2. crusoes

    crusoes Active Member

    Go to AP exchange. You'll get the rest of the stuff you need. Just takes extra time downloading.
  3. fishhack2009

    fishhack2009 Active Member

    Seconded. Our AP server went down and they aren't replacing it so we get all our wire from AP Exchange. You should be able to get whatever you need there.
  4. Beware. The AP matched our apexchange service with our limited wire. If that hasn't happened for you yet, you can expect it to happen soon.
  5. KWinMo

    KWinMo New Member

    The entitlement on our AP Exchange also has been changed, so we no longer can get all the things we were getting, even on exchange That's why I was hoping for some input from anyone who already deals with AP limited service.
  6. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    Any sense that anything you can't get from your current service, you can get from AP Exchange is no longer the case, I'm pretty sure.

    We get AP national and international wires for sports (although sometimes I wish the international wires would go away). But all we get through Exchange is photos.
  7. Colton

    Colton Active Member

    And, even though the second half of the one NBA game that tipped off before 10:30 p.m. EST has already begun, nary a single photo has shown up.

    Hey, AP, do the initials, F-O mean anything to you?
  8. apeman33

    apeman33 Well-Known Member

    We opted for AP limited on everything but sports. In the last 2 weeks, my sports folder has exploded with things I never got before (Minor league hockey standings; Big West Conference summaries). And sometimes, I'll get the same thing eight or nine times. And something has changed so the sports folder doesn't purge itself, so I have to remember to do it myself or else looking for stuff gets ridiculous. I just purged everything that came in before midnight yesterday (Thursday) and there are still over 750 files in the folder.

    This also makes it very difficult to find what I want. Wednesday night, I don't think I ever got the Kansas-Colorado gamer from the AP. I had to go steal the version that they sent to Yahoo.
  9. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    I haven't seen any difference in what we're getting pre-Limited vs. post-Limited ... yet. If anything, it looks worse on the Exchange side: High school basketball scores from Montana, 200-word stories on Podunk Art Institute vs. Show Me State and the like, yet, since our analog side was down, it was impossible to find the AP sports digest.

    They did figure out a way to stream our supplemental wire (McClatchy Tribune) on the regular sports wire, but since MCT's budget process seems so laizzez-faire, don't know if this is good or bad. I'd like to know there will be a Plaschke or Purdy column on a game before it starts, not after it moved. Some of us have deadlines, ya know?
  10. fishhack2009

    fishhack2009 Active Member

    We must be getting the full-service sports wire still. But we switched to the MCT photo wire, so we're having to match AP stories with MCT photos. Usually fine for event coverage, but a lot of AP features are out unless they're on a big name.

    And since MCT photos come from the member papers, they aren't posted in a timely manner at all, especially for those of us with 11 p.m. deadlines.
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