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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 Names Lisa Gibbs Business Editor

The Associated Press has named Lisa Gibbs its business editor. Gibbs comes to the AP from Money, where she oversaw the website’s real estate section. She had been with Money since 2009.

Gibbs, a three time Gerald Loeb Award finalist and one time-winner, previously served as the Miami Herald’s executive business editor.

“We are thrilled to have Lisa joining the AP team,” said Lou Ferrara, the AP’s managing editor for business news, in a statement. “Lisa brings passion and experience that will help AP as we continue to adjust to a changing marketplace with a voracious appetite for business news.”

Gibbs will begin her new role in August.

AP Promotes Kevin Shinkle to Business Editor

Kevin ShinkleKevin Shinkle joined the Associated Press as assistant business editor in 2008, at the height of the financial crisis. He was later promoted to deputy business editor and now, with Hal Ritter moving over to AP’s weekend news desk, he has been promoted once more to business editor. He will oversee the wire service’s worldwide business/finance coverage.

From today’s announcement:

“We are thrilled to have Kevin build on the great success he’s had over the past several years in guiding AP’s coverage of the business world through the most tumultuous of times,” said Lou Ferrara, the AP managing editor overseeing business, sports and entertainment coverage.

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AP Adds Director of Interactive and Digital News Production

PaulCheungHeadshotDuring the recent annual convention of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), the group shared a fun photo of president Paul Cheung with keynote speaker Ann Curry. A caption-contest opportunity if there ever was one.

The well-liked Cheung has been making his presence known at the AAJA and now has a new title at Associated Press to go along with those duties. He has been named director of interactive and digital news production. From today’s announcement by AP vice president and managing editor Lou Ferrara:

As part of this move, Jaime Holguin, who as the news development manager at the Nerve Center has played a pivotal role in the execution of many of these [digital] products, will report into Paul and the new department. Jaime, as he has been, will work with the business operations on products and be the point person between the rebooted, news-focused Nerve Center and the new department.

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Ousted Village Voice Theater Critic Reviews His Recent Dismissal

The departure this spring of Michael Feingold came right after Backstage magazine chopped its reviews section and just before the AP announced it would no longer cover Off-Broadway.* But the former Village Voice theater critic writes in an essay for theatermania.com that he understands the motivation for these moves. And that his piece today is not a personal rant.

In the hit-tastic world of digital media, theater reviews don’t draw the clicks. So, freelancers are put in place of former full-timers, and able hands borrowed as necessary from other departments:

At my termination meeting, the Voice’s editorial director told me, in a compassionate tone, that management now felt having a full-time theater critic on staff was a “luxury” the paper could do without.

I found it ironic (albeit slightly flattering) to be classed as a luxury, by an executive whose salary was probably triple mine; that she considered a full-time theater critic not a necessity for a New York media outlet struck me as genuinely dismaying.

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Terry Taylor to Retire from AP After 36 Years [Update]

Terry Taylor is retiring from the Associted Press after 36 years. The AP tweeted that she will be stepping down in November.

Taylor joined the AP in 1977 and became its first female sports editor in 1992. As the AP’s sports editor, she oversaw over 100 staffers across the globe. She also helmed the AP’s Olympics coverage.

Taylor left the AP briefly, from December 1990 to September 1991, to join the New York Times as an assistant sports editor. However, she knew that it wasn’t the right fit.

“It was good for me,” Taylor told Editor & Publisher, of her stint with the paper. “I knew I didn’t belong there but belonged to the AP, the backbone of journalism. Get the news, verify it and send it out. For most of my career, that’s what I’ve done.”

Update (12:15 pm):
Below is the memo from the AP’s managing editor Lou Ferrara, announcing Taylor’s retirement.

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Nekesa Mumbi Moody Named AP Global Entertainment and Lifestyles Editor

Nekesa Mumbi Moody has been named the Associated Press’ new global entertainment and lifestyles editor. Moody has been an AP editor since 1998. She joined as an intern and since has worked her way up, most recently serving as music editor, since 2000.

“Nekesa is one of the top reporters in source development and breaking entertainment news,” said Lou Ferrara, the AP’s managing editor for entertainment and sports. ”She is a leader who will drive AP entertainment and lifestyles forward to provide top-tier coverage.”

Moody will oversee staffers based in New York, London, Hong Kong, Nashville and Los Angeles.

AP Names Nekesa Mumbi Moody Global Entertainment and Lifestye Editor

Nekesa Mumbi Moody just earned herself a nice promotion. After 12 years as the Associated Press’ music editor, she has just been named the news service’s global entertainment and lifestyle editor. Moody will oversee coverage in New York, London, Hong Kong, Nashville and Los Angeles.

“Nekesa is one of the top reporters in source development and breaking entertainment news. She is a leader who will drive AP entertainment and lifestyles forward to provide top-tier coverage,” AP managing editor for entertainment and sports Lou Ferrara said in a release.

Moody has been with the AP her whole career. She worked her way up the chain after starting as an intern at the Albany, N.Y. bureau.

AP Appoints Daniel Becker To Director of Entertainment Content

danbecker.jpgFormer photo assistant makes good. The press release:

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Daniel Becker, national entertainment photo editor for The Associated Press, has been appointed to the newly created post of director of entertainment content.

The appointment was announced Thursday by Lou Ferrara, managing editor for sports, entertainment and multimedia, and Nigel Baker, executive director of AP Television News and business head for AP’s entertainment division.

Based in Los Angeles, Becker will oversee AP’s expanding entertainment coverage across video, photo, audio and text formats and help develop new multimedia products.

A graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, Becker, 31, joined the AP in New York as a photo assistant in 2000, then worked as a national and enterprise photo editor.

He moved to AP’s Los Angeles bureau in 2004, where he was the photo assignment supervisor and Southern California entertainment photo editor before becoming the national entertainment photo editor in May 2007.

Becker will report to Ferrara and Baker.