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Bill Cosby Pushes AP Reporter to Exclude Rape Questions

Bill Cosby’s strategy to just keep quiet about the seemingly never-ending rape allegations is not working. People want him to talk about these horrible claims, even though we all know what he’s going to say. Cosby must think his tactic is smart, because he even pressured an AP reporter to delete questions about the rape from a video interview.

On November 6, an AP reporter asked Cosby about the allegations during an interview about his art collection. Cosby replied “There’s no response. There is no comment about that. And I’ll tell you why. I don’t want to compromise your integrity, but I don’t talk about it.”

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AP Video Journalist, Freelance Translator Killed in Gaza

AP logo GSimone Camilli and Ali Shehda Abu Afash — an Associated Press video journalist and a freelance translator, respectively — have been killed in Gaza while covering the conflict there.

The pair, along with three police engineers, were killed when an unexploded missile detonated as the engineers attempted to disarm it. The missile was thought to have been dropped during an Israeli attack. Another AP staffer, photographer Hatem Moussa, was badly injured by the explosion.

Camilli had worked for the AP since 2005. Abu Afash, a Gaza resident, worked often with the media as a translator and assistant.

“As all of you know, this has been a very difficult year for AP,” wrote the AP’s CEO and president, Gary Pruitt, in a memo to the agency’s staffers. “Simone is the second staffer to die in the line of duty this year and the 33rd person since our founding in 1846. As conflict and violence grows around the world, our work becomes more important but also more dangerous. We take every precaution we can to protect the brave journalists who staff our frontlines. I never cease to be amazed at their courage.”

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.

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.

[Image: AP/Charles Rex Arbogast]

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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