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Posts Tagged ‘Paul Colford’

NYABJ Disappointed at AP for Dropping the Ball on Diversity

The New York Association of Black Journalists issued a statement about last week’s dismissal of Robert Naylor from the Associated Press where he was the director of career development/news.

In the statement, NYABJ calls Naylor a “long-time diversity advocate” and makes the connection between the lay-off and the reintroduction of AP’s internship program, announced a day later. “Naylor was instrumental in shaping the careers of countless minority journalists through the AP’s internship program, which was reinstated last week after a yearlong hiatus due to budget cuts,” the release states.

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Layoffs Underway At The Associated Press?

AP logo2.pngRumors of more layoffs at the Associated Press have been swirling for a number of weeks, as the news organization moves towards its goal of reducing its global payroll by 10 percent.

After buyouts and additional layoffs during the year, we were hoping it wouldn’t come to this. But today Gawker is hearing that layoffs have started at the AP today — and as many as 70 or 80 staffers could get the boot.

AP spokesman Paul Colford declined to comment on the rumors today. But if you know anything, send us an email or leave a tip in the box at right.

Update: Silicon Alley Insider‘s Erin Carlson, a former AP staffer herself, has lots of dirt from anonymous tipsters: the layoffs are said to include a veteran national writer in New York, at least eight editorial assistant positions across bureaus including Albany, Denver and Kansas City, and there have been additional layoffs in Washington, D.C. and on the West Coast. Gawker has a running tally.

AP Layoffs Coming Down Today? –Gawker

Earlier: Next Up On The Layoff Watch: AP

Associated Press Plans Summit To Quell Employees’ Fears

associated.jpgWith possible layoffs putting The Associated Press on the top of our layoff watch, employees at the newswire are understandably anxious about losing their jobs. Silicon Alley Insider reports that an AP “Town Hall” meeting will be held next month, and that those concerns will probably be on the top of the list of issues addressed by CEO Tom Curley.

Curley says addressing employees via Q&A sessions are business as usual, but there is obviously one question on most workers’ minds: Will they have a job come Christmas?

Update: AP spokesperson Paul Colford has notified us that the town hall meeting has been scheduled since October 1, and that it’s primary focus will be on “the outcome of the AP’s recent management retreat at Lake Placid.”

Official memo about the conference after the jump.

AP Bigwigs Host Town Hall To Ease Paranoid Staffers — Silicon Alley Insider

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Next Up On The Layoff Watch: AP

AP logo2.pngAs it works towards its goal of cutting payroll costs by 10 percent by the end of the year, the Associated Press is likely to cut staffers, reports Michael Calderone at Politico:

“‘As first outlined by President and CEO Tom Curley last November, the AP’s goal is to reduce payroll costs by 10 percent this year,’ spokesman Paul Colford said in a statement. ‘That goal remains in place and we are moving forward carefully to meet it.’

When asked about reducing staff, Colford acknowledged that layoffs were first raised as a possibility a year ago and remain a likelihood if the goal isn’t met.”

Calderone said that early estimates had predicted that as many as 400 employees would have to be cut in order for the AP to meet its goal. Around 100 veteran staffers have already taken the company’s buyout offer.

Update after the jump

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AP Won’t Be Charging Bloggers $2.50 A Word Any Time Soon

AP logo2.pngOver the weekend, a blog post on Mashable.com opened up a fresh wound for the Associated Press, forcing the news collective to put out a statement denying claims it was planning to charge as much as $2.50 a word for bloggers to quote its content.

According to AP spokesman Paul Colford, these worries are more than a year old, stemming from the company’s partnership with iCopyright, which dates back to April 2008, not this April, as the Mashable blog reported.

“AP partners with iCopyright to automate fulfillment of routine requests for rights to republish AP material, either from AP-hosted sites or member and customer sites carrying AP content,” the AP said in a statement. “The licensing options vary greatly, from an array of uses — such as e-mail, print and save — through paid options up to and including large-scale corporate reprints of excerpts, full articles or photos.”

The latest claims that the AP plans to charge for use of its content seem to have sprung up in light of the news collective’s announcement late last month that it is launching a registry to tag and track its content so that it won’t be plagiarized or misused. We’re eager to see how this registry will be implemented and who will be affected, but Colford assured us that it has nothing to do with the iCopyright deal.

“As the AP stated more than a year ago, the form is not aimed at bloggers,” the company said of the iCopyright deal. “It is intended to make it easy for people who want to license AP content to do so.”