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Is Fournier saving or destroying the AP?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Inky_Wretch, Jul 14, 2008.

  1. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    Not sports, but interesting I think ...

  2. zebracoy

    zebracoy Guest

    Destroying. I don't care what someone whose stories will not appear regularly in my paper thinks.
  3. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    I'd be a much-happier night editor if the AP would send more than 22 stories on a Saturday or Sunday. Many weekends I have 18- to 20-page news holes, and AP just doesn't send enough stories my circulation area gives a rat's ass about. The Jersey AP office is pretty good most weekends, but I still need to fill a lot of national and world pages. Also, ever hear of sending shorter, for-tabloid-size pieces?

    I think AP would be wise to hold a weekend conference to get suggestions on how to better serve its members.
  4. If he wants to have a reporter or two who just writes commentary, I'm OK with that.

    Otherwise, AP needs to play it down the middle.
  5. Frank_Ridgeway

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member

    I liked this paragraph because that last thought was running through my mind from the start of the story:

    I come from that school of thought -- treat wire copy as malleable. I about shit myself during an interview in the 1990s when an editor told me that even on AP stories, they "try to preserve the writer's voice." I wonder if they are having second thoughts now.
  6. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    I've been told to hack the shit out of AP stories.
  7. SoCalDude

    SoCalDude Active Member

    If we use a quoter on an AP baseball story, we automatically axe the lead.
  8. ink-stained wretch

    ink-stained wretch Active Member

    I was one upset camper when Sandy left. She was and is a pro's pro. Nice lady with titanium cajones.

    Ron was a kick-ass staff writer.

    It's the new AP. Little Lou is gone. Curly's in charge. They've ratcheted up the pressure on bureaus, though I never thought that was possible.

    My best guess is Mother AP will become the training ground for delivering news in new ways. Better? We'll see.
  9. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    Media Matters on Fournier ...

  10. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    How 'BOUT that! . . .
  11. SportsDude

    SportsDude Active Member

    They need to drastically improve their state coverage. We have one freakin' state page and it's a struggle to fill every day. We get about 10 5-inch bullshit stories they've lifted from local papers. We're lucky to get anything over 15 inches and damn near doing handstands if we can get a photo with it.
  12. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    I was pleasantly surprised last week when I logged into AP Exchange and saw that I now have a link to all 50 states for news. It could be someone here upgraded my account but whatever the case I like having more news links to choose from. Usually I was limited to Philly, Jersey and Maryland for state news. I still prefer local news, and beyond that Jersey and Philly stories, but now I can click onto any state to fill news holes, which I had to do a few times this weekend. California's always good for juicy stories i.e. murder, gangsta life, shit like that.

    I'm pretty happy with Jersey AP.
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