How WP, AP, NYT plan to handle the Palin emails

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The Post says it will publish over 24,000 e-mails to and from Sarah Palin when they’re released Friday morning “and will engage readers in a collaborative crowd-sourcing effort throughout the process.” Its release says:

Chris Cillizza and The Fix are asking readers to help analyze, contextualize and research those e-mails alongside Post reporters over the days following the release. The Post is limiting this to 100 spots for people who will work collaboratively in small teams to surface the most important information from the emails. For more information on how to help report this story with The Fix, go here.

The Fix will be live-blogging the release of Palin’s e-mails. In the meantime, check this page for continuous updates, including the moment The Post publishes Palin’s e-mails.

You can also follow @PalinEmails for continuous news and updates about Palin’s e-mails and when they publish.

The New York Times is inviting readers to help, too. The AP’s plans are after the jump.

Date: 6/9/2011 1:07 PM
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The State of Alaska says it will release on Friday more than 24,000 emails of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as part of an open-records request by The Associated Press and other news organizations. The request was made in 2008, when Palin was chosen as John McCain’s running mate, and will include emails from Palin’s first 10 months as Alaska governor. Alaska says the emails will be in paper printout form. We plan to scan the paper copies to make them available electronically to members and clients on an FTP site as searchable pdf files.

Because of the sheer volume of the documents, we do not anticipate that we will be able to provide access to the documents until Saturday, at the earliest. We will have a story Friday when the documents are released, and coverage on the contents of the emails Saturday. We will provide more details as the story unfolds, including an advisory when the files are ready to download from the FTP site.

Please advise your weekend editors to watch for developments on this story. We do not intend to make this site available to the public, and to protect against any potential leak of this information, we are sharing the username and password only by email and through customer service.

The AP



The Associated Press leads the industry in aggressively using federal and state laws governing access to government records as a newsgathering tool. Last year alone, we filed well over 1,000 freedom of information requests in Washington and around the country.

The imminent release by the State of Alaska of former Gov. Sarah Palin’s emails stems from an AP request filed when she was a candidate for vice president in 2008. Obviously the governing background of a vice presidential nominee – and a possible 2012 presidential contender — is of vital public interest. But it has taken until now for the State of Alaska to finally make the emails available.

AP journalists will review the emails for their news value and, as an added value to our member news organizations, the AP will also make the emails available to them for their own use and local coverage.


Earlier: News outlets to scan Palin emails, put them in public archive

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  • Nick Fletcher

    also, let’s assume, for argument’s sake, that the MSM are holding off from pursuing a similar course of action with the various dem figures you name. Why then are Fox, Limbaugh, NRO, etc. also holding off from it too?

  • Nick Fletcher

    It would be a seriously cool thing to do on your own, don’t you think?

  • Don Bates

    If you needed another reminder that your emails are the property of your employer and can be used against you in the press, court and other public forums, this is it!   And learn — I emphasize LEARN! — to watch what you say, who you say it to, and how you say it.  Statements in email form are often confusing and misleading because of the ease with which they can be written and disseminated.  Think for a minute about the possible implication of what you’ve written before you hit “send.”  You may be staring down the barrel of a loaded gun.

  • WashingtonCoverUp

    Washington is making up all the headlines and the stories for the media to report on. Want proof? Sarah Palin’s emails will be released on Friday.

    How many coincidences does it take to make something more than a coincidence?

    Sarah Palin a Maverick
    John McCain a Maverick
    Maverick Mark Cuban appears to be the Rich Jerk in the Rich Jerk videos
    Robert Johnson Rich Jerk appears to be Tony Rezko who sold Obama real estate
    Sarah Palin’s basketball name (Barrac-uda) as in Barack-uda
    Barack Obama’s basketball name (O’Bomber)
    Mr. internet technology (Ma)verick (Ma)rk Cuba-n was under investigation of insider trading for a company called (Ma)mma. Sarah Palin coined the phrase “(ma)(ma) grizzly” (Ma)verick (Ma)rk Cuban produced a movie through (Ma)gnolia Pictures called Redacted. Sarah Palin’s 24,199 emails will have a lot of information which will be “redacted.” Why not release 24,000 emails, why the strange number? The Rich Jerk program originally sold for $199, must be another odd coincidence. Probably as odd as the first testimonial on The Rich Jerk site being from Mark Joyner, who’s actually FBI most wanted terrorist Seif al-Adel.

    I said it before and I’ll say it again, Sarah Palin is a federally fabricated person. Her identity as governor of Alaska was fabricated by the feds. If I’m making all of this up, she would sue me, and the FBI and secret service would arrest me. Sarah’s last name is short for palindrome. George SOROS(a palindrome) has been credited with collapsing a number of nations currencies and speaks of a New World Order.

    Osama Bin Laden is also a code;
    (Os) ?
    (ama) ?
    (Bi) ?
    (nla) ?
    (den) ?
    Osama is the look alike for Obama/Biden (Bi)nla(den)

  • Gary Cowart

    Why the hell should I have to do it? Where is WaPo, NYT, LAT, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN, even Jimmy Romenesko his own self? Oh,that’s right – they’re too busy kissing Obama’s ass. You all are nothing but frauds.

  • Anonymous

    Palin’s true value is the extent to which she drives you people insane, and reveals your small-minded status anxiety. May Providence continue to shine on her endeavors.

  • Nick Fletcher

    give that it was from an open records request, you’re welcome to do it yourself. Details here:

  • Peter Ingemi

    Boy I knew the left feared Sarah Palin but this is astounding!

  • Bradley J. Fikes

    Very wise to tap into the army of public volunteers who can help make sense of this massive amount of information. This should be the new standard in covering politicians of all political views.

  • Junior Samples

    Now imagine this was about Mr. Obama, Secretary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Rep. Pelosi, Gov. Jennifer Granholm or Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Can’t, can you? You all must really fear her! Think I’ll catch that new movie about her time as governor “The Undefeated.”

  • Anonymous

    Wouldn’t it make more journalistic sense to publish and crowdsource emails from candidates who have some chance of winning the GOP nomination?

  • Gary Cowart

    So when will the esteemed members of the Fourth Estate give us 24,000 Obama emails?

  • Anonymous

    This entire venture is sick and obsessive.

    They’re going to publish 24,000 emails? They want to crowdsource — for what reason? To show the woman doesn’t know her geography?

    This is what’s wrong with news today: Journalists (and I am one) get together in a room, dream up all these “amazing” stories to cover that may impress and titillate other journalists, but will do absolutely nothing but put readers to sleep. Or they may completely ignore such stories all together. I’ve sat through countless meetings where we discussed “a 50-part series”… (Yay!)

    What is the possible value of undertaking such a laborious task? Are there not other topics that deserve as much research and reporting?

    And the news industry wonders why people would much rather play games online or waste away their time on Facebook.

    I suggest AP and every other major news agency or paper think of 10 — no, make that five — stories that are more important than the Palin emails and do those instead.

    Have mercy….