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Posts Tagged ‘Michael Oreskes’

The AP’s FOIA Request for Osama bin Laden’s Death Photo

Last Monday, the AP filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the photographic and video evidence taken during the raid on Osama bin Laden‘s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The Atlantic Wire interviews Michael Oreskes, senior managing editor at The Associated Press, about the impetus behind the request.

Oreskes said:

“It’s about us saying we would like to make our own news judgements about news worthy material.”

“We’re not deciding in advance to publish this material,” he pledged.  “We would like our journalists, who are working very hard, to see this material and then we’ll decide what’s publishable and what’s not publishable based on the possibly that it’s inflammatory.”

Ah. So it shouldn’t be up to the White House to decide whether or not the public should see this material — it should be up to the AP?

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Reuters Hosts Panel On “Shaky” Audience-Media Relationships

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Last night at the Thomson Reuters building in Times Square, Jack Shafer of Slate.com moderated a panel for millennium journalism entitled “Audience and the Media: A Shaky Marriage.”

The speakers at the event each came from a mainstream news outlet, with differing ideas on how to keep credibility and objectivity in their field while maintaining their audiences’ interests.

Michael Oreskes, editor of The Associated Press, came out swinging. “We’re in an era of mistrust…[the mainstream media] have done a truly lousy job [explaining] why we mattered,” he said. “We got away with it for a long time until the Internet. Suddenly why we failed to explain who we were really mattered.”

Lisa Shepard, ombudsman of National Public Radio, shared a similar sentiment, “The public does depend on the media, and loves to kick us,” she said, explaining that news organizations have been “horrible at marketing themselves” as credible resources, even as they have become more transparent and willing to admit their mistakes.

“Lets be realistic,” Shepard told the crowd. “When you are putting out a 24-hour news product, you are going to have mistakes every day.”

But does admitting those mistakes and issuing corrections make a publication seem more credible, or less? Read on for more from last night’s panel.

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AP Rejects Edwards’ Interview Concessions

AP.pngYesterday, we discussed Elizabeth Edwards‘ recent publicity tour for her book, “Resilience.” Today, the Associated Press reports that it was twice denied interviews with Edwards’ because it refused to omit the name of John Edwards‘ mistress from its articles about Elizabeth and her book.

The article quotes Michael Oreskes, the AP’s vice president and senior managing editor who said simply, “We don’t let other people edit our wire.”

Requests like this are pretty common now and Oprah Winfrey, Matt Lauer and Larry King all complied with Edwards’ “out of consideration” in order to score an interview with her. But what does it say about the AP that they have to write an article about why they didn’t write an article about Elizabeth Edwards? What message are they trying to send?

AP Restructures to Provide Washington Coverage to All States

ggap.jpgExpanded coverage! How often do we get to write that these days? The Associated Press announced today that it will be restructuring regional reporting team in Washington in order to provide “every state with regional representation in the nation’s capital by the start of the new Congressional year.” Per the release:

Under the plan, AP’s current corps of regional reporters will be reorganized into teams from four regions…The restructuring will provide AP regional Washington coverage for 28 states that now are not represented. “Every state will soon have coverage from an AP Washington regional reporter,” said Michael Oreskes, AP managing editor for U.S. News.

Between the current economic crisis and the arrival of the Obama’s in Washington a decision to provide more widespread coverage is understandable, however one wonders if this isn’t in part a reaction to Politico‘s recent partnering up with numerous papers nationwide in order to share content and ad sales. Full release after the jump.

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