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Odd AP writer titles

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Rusty Shackleford, Nov 10, 2010.

  1. Rusty Shackleford

    Rusty Shackleford Active Member

    So I was on the STL P-D site today, and they had a story written by an AP writer:

    Feds proposes graphic cigarette warning labels
    By MICHAEL FELBERBAUM
    AP Tobacco Writer

    I just found it strange that this guy's title is AP Tobacco Writer. Is there really enough news in the tobacco industry for the AP to have a writer dedicated to that? What other kinds of odd beats does the AP have writers dedicated to?
     
  2. Brian

    Brian Well-Known Member

    From health issues to court cases to business news to farming angles, I'd think there would be plenty of fodder to make it a full-time beat. Spend plenty of time in Virginia and North Carolina, I'd imagine. And it kind of sounds interesting to me.
     
  3. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    Given the importance of the industry historically and all the changes it has gone through and continues to go through, I'd think there would be room for MORE than a single tobacco writer, and one doesn't really surprise me, I don't think.
     
  4. old_tony

    old_tony Well-Known Member

    Well, there are plenty of prostitution arrests daily in the U.S. Maybe there should be an AP Prostitution Writer.

    Of course, said writer would have to devote a lot of his or her time to covering politics.
     
  5. Rusty Shackleford

    Rusty Shackleford Active Member

    Is there an AP Strip Clubs Writer? Lots of shootings outside them, the prostitution industry. Playboy could be an industry mag.
     
  6. old_tony

    old_tony Well-Known Member

    I bet there's be a never-ending supply of applicants.
     
  7. Clerk Typist

    Clerk Typist Guest

    You only cover us when we're naked!
     
  8. Journo13

    Journo13 Member

    Here are some of the recommended names in the sports department:

    AP Dancing Writer
    AP Cheerleading Writer
    AP Underwater Basket Weaving Writer
     
  9. MightyMouse

    MightyMouse Member

    Hey, those underwater basket weavers work very hard!
     
  10. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    What? No AP Junior Varsity Writer?
     
  11. fossywriter8

    fossywriter8 Active Member

    He's on furlough, so the AP Junior High Writer is filling in.
     
  12. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    As a bonus, later in their career the Tobacco writer can segue nicely onto the AP cancer beat.
     
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