With respect to the Associated Press, we at Google have a multimillion dollar deal with the Associated Press not only to distribute their content but also to host it on our servers. So I was a little confused by all of the excitement in the news in the last 24 hours. I’m not quite sure what they were referring to. But we have a very, very successful deal with the AP and hopefully that will continue for many, many years.
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It’s hard to imagine a more slippery, difficult media environment in which to launch your (very first political) campaign for a Senate seat than the one Caroline Kennedy appears to be encountering.
Behold the interview the AP did with Kennedy at a diner in Manhattan last week. The resulting article contained some notable quotes — Kennedy saying she’ll have to “work twice as hard,” and that she is an “unconventional choice” among others. All good stuff. However, the AP also released an audio version of the interview on YouTube, complete with pictures, which was picked up by The Daily Beast. The accompanying caption points out that Kennedy’s answers were “replete with ‘you knows.’” None of which made it into the article. Is Camelot ready for a 2.0 political world? Video after the jump.
Back in August during the Denver conventions when we first noticed Politico outsourcing its coverage to newspapers we speculated on whether they were trying to establish themselves as a sort of political AP. Well it looks like we weren’t that far off. Politico has just announced it will be partnering with Reuters to “to offer U.S. newspapers and global media outlets extensive political, government and business news coverage from both sources.” According to the release the collaboration is “designed to offer all media companies a flexible range of business models and an innovative way to access and integrate premium editorial content.” Everyone is certainly giving the AP a run for their money these days.
The Politico Network will be expanded to offer a broad selection of Reuters’ news to its 60 newspaper and 40 broadcast partners via a cost-free, revenue-sharing arrangement. Any media company can join the enhanced Politico Network in exchange for allowing Politico to sell online advertising on its site on a revenue-share basis.
In addition, Reuters will incorporate Politico coverage of U.S. politics, Congress, lobbying, and the White House into its subscription-based newswires. Media organizations will have the option of licensing full Reuters and Politico news feeds to secure distribution rights in print and online.
Full release after the jump.
The AP is under siege! Since announcing a rate structure change effective 2009 a stream of newspapers including the Tribune Co. have filed intent-to-cancel notices, Politco has recently begun outsourcing its coverage to newspapers nationwide and now CNN is pitching a cheaper wire service to newspapers called CNN Wire.
It’s a somewhat puzzling decision on the part of the cable giant to invest in print when the industry is in a freefall: why not put that money into further online innovation? (On a side note: numerous people on our Twitter feed noted they were watching Mumbai coverage via a livestream on CNN.com). However, according to the New York Times CNN “already runs an internal wire service for its bureaus and CNN.com, and [Jim Walton, president of CNN Worldwide} says that taking it outside is a logical step.” A trial version of the service has apparently been on display in a number of newspapers but they are aiming to spread their wings with a “get to know you” “CNN Newspaper Summit,” this week in Atlanta.
Here’s an interesting little dilemma, in a circle of newspaper life sort of way. Where will Google get its news if there is no more news being reported because the rise of Google News has resulted in the shuttering of all the newspapers that gather the news in the first place? Here’s the thing, Google gets most of its news from the AP, the AP, according to a spot check survey done by Allan Mutter, gets two thirds of its news from member newspapers, which, as FBNY readers know all too well are a quickly dying breed. Meaning that the AP is going to be hard-pressed to comprehensively gather news as papers continue their steep decline into oblivion.
The solution? Mutter suggests that the AP could hire more reporters (there’s plenty of former Tribune and WaPo ones available, we hear) to make up for the lack, but of course that would require money, which no one has. We suspect what will probably happen is that eventually, as newspapers disappear altogether, someone will figure out how to make a profit online and everything will eventually transition. In the meantime, there’s always Mayhill Fowler.