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Are Web sites not bound by AP embargoes?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Inky_Wretch, Dec 27, 2007.

  1. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    I ask because I see this on the wire ...

    Then I see it on Fox Sports/MSN less than three hours later ... http://msn.foxsports.com/soccer/story/7608020

    This isn't the first time it's happened. Are those "For release ..." lines merely suggestions by the AP?
  2. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    If I'm a power that be at a member paper, I'd be pissed that a media outlet is breaking the embargo...
  3. SixToe

    SixToe Active Member

    I believe there are different levels of suggestion to hold a story.

    This one, the "For release" is obviously something AP wants members to hold until a certain date.

    AP also has one with the screamin' big head EMBARGOED UNTIL and a specific time.

    In the "For release" instance, it does seem to be at least bad form if not a violation for a member to broadcast or publish it before the date.

    What happens if the embargo is broken? AP send a hitman to the shop to whack someone?
  4. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member

    Could also cut off their AP wire for a certain amount of time.
    Even though I like the hitman idea better...
  5. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    We don't even see some of that "For release" information in the feed we get here, nor (necessarily) the raw Stats Inc. feed that it comes from.

    I think the differentiation between a "for weekend editions" line and a strict embargo to prevent somebody getting a competive edge on a big story is probably on the mark.
  6. sportsed

    sportsed Member

    Perhaps it could be the handiwork of automation.
  7. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    I suspect that's it.

    The stuff that explicitly says "HOLD FOR RELEASE" doesn't get out before it's supposed to, or else.
  8. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    I can see that.

    But when I'm budgeting the weekend sections with stuff from the AP Features Digest, I sure don't like seeing it already floating around the Web.
  9. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    After yesterday, I would be afraid to post anything on an AP-related thread.
  10. Pete Incaviglia

    Pete Incaviglia Active Member

    I prefer the handiwork of Automotion:


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