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Derl McCrudden Promoted to Head of AP’s International Video News

APLogoThe Associated Press has promoted Derl McCrudden to head of international video news. McCrudden was previously head of video newsgathering. He has been with the AP since 2010. Previously, McCrudden was on the launch team of Al Jazeera English and helped run the channel’s Asia operation.

“Derl is one of the smartest journalists in the business, a proven leader whose calm demeanor and steely determination mark him out as a natural for this role,” said Sandy MacIntyre, AP’s VP and director of global video, in a statement.

The AP also announced the following changes:

  • Denise Vance, deputy director of U.S. video, has been promoted to head of U.S. video and radio.
  • Vaughn Morrisonformerly of CNN and Fox, was named head of U.S. video production.
  • Debora Gorbutt, head of video content development, will expand her role to oversee AP Middle East Extra.
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AP to Use Robots to Write Business Stories

This is the beginning of the end. The robots have finally been able to break through. The Associated Press has announced that it’s going to start using “automation technology” to write many of its corporate earnings reports.

Lou Ferrara, managing editor of the AP, said the technology will allow the AP to crank out short articles much more efficiently:

We discovered that automation technology, from a company called Automated Insights, paired with data from Zacks Investment Research, would allow us to automate short stories – 150 to 300 words — about the earnings of companies in roughly the same time that it took our reporters. And instead of providing 300 stories manually, we can provide up to 4,400 automatically for companies throughout the United States each quarter.

If it seems innocuous, that’s because the machines wanted it to be this way.

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AP Alters MLB Article Format

APLogoThe only thing more boring than a baseball game is an article recapping that game. The Associated Press understands that, and so it has decided to change its MLB article format into an easier, faster read.

The new AP recaps will drop from 600 words to 300 words, plus a “chunky-text presentation featuring up to five bullet points that explain team storylines, key plays, injuries and a look ahead to what’s next for a team or player.”

We like this idea. Surely some of the narrative will be lost with the new look, but there will always be space for capturing the drama of one of baseball’s 17,938 games in other places.

The AP’s new article format begins July 28.

The Most Popular FishbowlNY Posts for the Week

Here’s a look at the FishbowlNY posts that made the most buzz this week.

1) Journos React to Shocking Jill Abramson Announcement

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2) Alison Brower Rejoins The Hollywood Reporter

3) People StyleWatch Promotes, Vanity Fair Adds Online Editor

4) Deconstructing Jill Abramson’s Sudden Departure

5) Major Moves at AP, Money Magazine and Business Insider

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AP Makes Changes to Board

APlogoThe Associated Press has added three new members to its board of directors. Bill Hoffman, president of Cox Media; Isaac Lee, president of Univision Communications; and Rob King, senior VP of Sportscenter and News for ESPN are all new to the agency’s board.

Jon Rust, vice chair of the AP’s board, was also re-elected. It is his last year on the board.

The AP board now has 21 directors.

AP Names David Scott Political Editor

David ScottDavid Scott has been named political editor for the Associated Press. Scott most recently oversaw the AP’s Central Region, which includes 14 states. He had served in that role since 2009.

Scott has been with the AP since 1999, when he joined as a reporter. From 2005 to 2009 Scott served as news editor in North Carolina.

“The political editor job is a critical one for AP — directing our national political coverage, advising states on political reporting and working with colleagues on our race-calling, accountability, vote count and polling operations,” said the AP’s Washington bureau chief, Sally Buzbee, in a statement. “It requires superb news skills, keen interest in both politics and policy, and strong competitive instincts. We are thrilled David is taking it on.”

Scott will be based in Washington and report to Buzbee.

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AP Names Beirut Bureau Chief, Reuters Adds Federal Reserve Reporter

A couple moves to note today, involving the Associated Press and Reuters. Details are below.

  • Zeina Karam has been named the AP’s new Beirut bureau chief. Karam has covered the Middle East for the AP for almost 20 years. She is succeeding Elizabeth Kennedy, who is now the AP’s South Asia news director.
  • Howard Schneider is joining Reuters to help lead its Federal Reserve coverage. Schneider was most recently with The Washington Post, covering international economics. He had been with the Post for more than 25 years. Schneider begins April 21.

Another Year, Another Staged China Prime Minister Press Conference

NTYSinosphereLogoEvery March in the Great Hall of the People near Tiananmen Square in Beijing, a live-TV press conference with the Prime Minister of China caps an annual conference known as the National People’s Congress. And as New York Times Beijing bureau reporter Andrew Jacobs notes, every year it’s the same bogus drill:

But unbeknownst to many people in China, all the questions had been vetted in advance, with foreign reporters and Foreign Ministry officials having negotiated over what topics were permissible, and then how the acceptable questions would be phrased.

This year CNN, Reuters, CNBC, The Associated Press and the Financial Times were among the outlets permitted to ask questions. Most of those who covered the event agreed it was a lackluster affair, without even a nugget of bona fide news.

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AP Removes Photo Depicting Boy’s Group Acting More Bigoted Than Usual

Trail Life is a boy’s group that caters to bigots. It was formed as the answer to the Boy Scout’s announcement that some gays were okay. Trail Life says that no gays are okay. However, a leader of Trail Life was afraid that a recent Associated Press photo — which showed some Trail Life boys displaying the Nazi salute — made his bigoted group look a little too bigoted.

The kids in the photograph certainly look as if they’re praising Hitler, but the reality is that they’re performing a ritual in which they raise their hands, then lower them slowly while singing “Taps.” The AP photographer just happened to catch the kids at the wrong moment.

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Netflix’s Momentum Continues With 2.33 Million New U.S. Customers in Q4 (The Verge)
Netflix revealed its fourth quarter earnings Wednesday, capping off a banner year that saw the streaming service surpass HBO in subscriber count and earn critical acclaim for its original programming. In Q4, the company handily beat Wall Street expectations with revenue of $1.18 billion and earnings per share of $0.79. During the same period last year (before viewers had streamed a single episode of House of Cards), Netflix earned 13 cents per share on revenue of $945 million. Bloomberg Businessweek Netflix said Wednesday that it expects to sign up another 2.25 million subscribers in the first quarter, with “years of member growth ahead of us,” according to a company letter to shareholders. Netflix shares soared nearly 18 percent in trading after the market’s close, following a 1.5 percent gain to $333.73 in the regular session. NYT The strong growth came even though the service did not add a prominent, exclusive program like the drama House of Cards. One new animated series, TurboFAST, was introduced and the quarter contained the second season of the service’s initial drama series, Lilyhammer. But Netflix did maintain much of its media momentum by being prominently mentioned in award nominations and end-of-the-year best lists. The Guardian Netflix has been experimenting with different subscriber options including different streaming offerings and a lower-priced $6.99 plan for new U.S. customers to get a single stream of standard definition video. On a call with analysts Reed Hastings, chief executive officer, said eventually he would like to have “three simple options to fit everyone’s taste”. He said the company had no plans to run advertising, as does rival Hulu.

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