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AP Stylebook update: A sign of our times

People are freaking out over an update to the AP Stylebook, the equivalent of canon law for journalists. AP Style now tells us that “more than” and “over” are interchangeable. It’s as if Big Brother has just suggested that … Read more


And you thought the AP ruckus was just about style

Read Poynter’s Storify of reactions to the AP Stylebook “over”/”more than” revision, and you get a quick class in change management, especially about the emotional impact of change.

I’ve always taught leaders that change involves two key challenges: learningRead more


‘More than my dead body!’ Journalists react to AP’s over/more than change

On Thursday, we started seeing tweets from the American Copy Editors Society conference that the Associated Press announced a pretty big change. Since Andrew Beaujon wrote about it, Poynter's had more than its usual traffic, so apologies if it takes over a few minutes for stories to load. (I'm done. I promise.) Here's how that change went over today on Twitter and Facebook.

AP’s CIA/Iran story wins Anthony Shadid Award

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The Associated Press announced Tuesday that two former reporters and an editor won the Anthony Shadid Award for Journalism Ethics for the December story about an American missing in Iran.
Reporters Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo, and editor Ted Bridis, won for their report in December on the disappearance of Robert Levinson, a former FBI agent who went missing while working in Iran in 2007.

The award was announced Tuesday by the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Center for Journalism Ethics. It is named for Anthony Shadid, a graduate and former Associated Press reporter who died in 2012 while reporting in Syria for The New York Times.
According to the AP, reporters first linked Levinson to the CIA in 2010, but held off on publishing the story "because the U.S. government said it was pursuing promising leads to bring Levinson home." From Goldman and Apuzzo's original story, "The CIA paid Robert Levinson's family $2.5 million to head off a revealing lawsuit. Three veteran analysts were forced out of the agency and seven others were disciplined."
The U.S. publicly has described Levinson as a private citizen. "Robert Levinson went missing during a business trip to Kish Island, Iran," the White House said last month. That was just a cover story. In an extraordinary breach of the most basic CIA rules, a team of analysts — with no authority to run spy operations — paid Levinson to gather intelligence from some of the world's darkest corners. He vanished while investigating the Iranian regime for the U.S. government.
Apuzzo now works for The New York Times and Goldman works for The Washington Post. Correction: An earlier version of this story included one reference to the FBI instead of the CIA.

AP’s White House staff: Press losing presidential access as Obama officials close doors

Associated Press AP's White House correspondent Julie Pace and its chief White House photographer Charles Dharapak warned colleagues on Tuesday that once the press loses its access to the president, it cannot be recovered. The journalists delivered their remarks at the Newspaper Association of America's mediaXchange conference in Denver. Media organizations have criticized the Obama administration for restricting access to many presidential events and meetings, including with foreign leaders like the Dalai Lama in February. The White House News Photographers Association urged members not to publish the official image of the meeting distributed by the administration. "Once we lose access, we'll never get it back," Dharapak said at the NAA event, where he also repeated a reference to the handout photos as "visual press releases."
Charles Dharapak, chief White House photographer for the AP, projects one of his photographs of President Barack Obama while speaking to editors and publishers at the Newspaper Association of America's mediaXchange 2014 convention in Denver. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
"The AP has a policy against using White House handout photos unless they are of significant news value and were shot in places to which the press does not expect access, such as private residence areas of the White House," the AP reported Tuesday. Many prominent news organizations have similar policies. Kenny Irby, Poynter's senior faculty for visual journalism, has said White House photographer Pete Souza's role is more of a “propagandist” than a photojournalist, adding that Obama's photo practices have broken his promise of transparency in government. Meanwhile, AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt said at the conference that his news organization is in the process of filling 20 to 30 positions to bolster its coverage of states and state legislatures. An AP spokesman confirmed to Poynter that the figure includes hires made near the end of 2013 and hires expected to be made in coming months. Pruitt also mentioned AP's effort to provide databases to local news sources. Related: ASNE president expects ‘concrete steps’ after meeting with White House about access | PoynterVision: White House photo practices break promise of open government | Photojournalists want better access to the White House

Live chat replay: What sports journalists need to know to compete

In remarks for the College Media Association conference in New York on March 13, Associated Press Vice President Lou Ferrara issued a wake-up call for sports reporters.

He said traditional sports journalism is changing, that game coverage is waning and … Read more


Americans twice as likely to believe news organizations than social media

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No matter how old they are, people surveyed for a new study by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the American Press Institute were "more than twice as likely to express high levels of trust about what they learn directly from a news organization (43 percent say they trust it mostly or completely) as they are to trust what they discovered through social media."

15 percent of those who get news through social media "say they have high levels of trust in information they get from that means of discovery," the study says. 13 percent of people under 30 said social was their preferred source for news. 3 percent of all other age groups said the same thing.

The study has lots of other interesting findings about news consumption, among them that people change their behavior depending on what the news is. (more...)
Super Bowl Football

What does it take to cover big-time sports?

Lou Ferrara, Associated Press vice president and managing editor, prepared the following remarks for delivery Thursday at the College Media Association spring national convention in New York.

Good afternoon. Thanks for joining me today.

I’m Lou Ferrara, and I’m a … Read more


Kiev or Kyiv? Let’s choose already

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Kiev/Kyiv on Wednesday, March 5. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

My editor and I have had this discussion several times lately. Which one? Kiev or Kyiv? We don't write Roma for Rome, but we do now write Mumbai rather than Bombay. And really, there's not a lot of difference between the pronunciation of Kiev and Kyiv, at least when I read them.

On Friday, Ben Aris wrote about this orthographic challenge for Financial Times, noting that the White House switched to Kyiv on Thursday.

In addition, the President has signed an Executive Order that authorizes sanctions on individuals and entities responsible for activities undermining democratic processes or institutions in Ukraine; threatening the peace, security, stability, sovereignty, or territorial integrity of Ukraine; contributing to the misappropriation of state assets of Ukraine; or purporting to assert governmental authority over any part of Ukraine without authorization from the Ukrainian government in Kyiv. This E.O. is a flexible tool that will allow us to sanction those who are most directly involved in destabilizing Ukraine, including the military intervention in Crimea, and does not preclude further steps should the situation deteriorate.

In a press briefing from Jan. 23, it was Kiev. (more...)

Ellen DeGeneres grants AP rights for editorial use of Oscar selfie

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Ellen DeGeneres has "granted The Associated Press the rights for the editorial use of her star-studded selfie by AP members and subscribers," AP informs its members.
The selfie. (AP Photo/Ellen DeGeneres)

The news co-op also offers a photo of the scene from another angle: (more...)
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