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Posts Tagged ‘The Associated Press’

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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AP CEO Lists Five Ways to Ensure Freedom of The Press

Gary Pruitt, the Associated Press’ president and CEO, has had about enough of the government. After the Justice Department secretly obtained two months worth of phone records from AP reporters and editors, Pruitt now says that government sources are scared to talk to reporters. “The government may love this,” Pruitt added, during a speech at the National Press Club. “I suspect that they do, but beware the government that loves secrecy too much.”

In an effort to nudge the government toward a less creepy lifestyle, Pruitt also announced five measures that could ensure freedom of the press. Here’s a brief summary of his ideas: 1) The press should be able to respond to any request of information before its taken 2) There should be judicial oversight when anything is requested 3) The DOJ’s guidelines need updated 4) A federal shield law that protects journalists should be implemented and 5) A formal rule should be made of the guideline that the DOJ will not prosecute any journalist for being a journalist.

It’s a nice list. Now if only the government would heed Pruitt’s advice.

See below for Pruitt’s full statements on the measures.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Gov’t Pushes Shield Law | Bernstein Hacked | Gazette Office Closed

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Criticized on Seizure of Records, White House Pushes News Media Shield Law (NYT)
Under fire over the Justice Department’s use of a broad subpoena to obtain calling records of Associated Press reporters in connection with a leak investigation, the Obama administration sought on Wednesday to revive legislation that would provide greater protections to reporters in keeping their sources and communications confidential. Capital New York The administration opposed an initial draft of the Free Flow of Information Act, but eventually supported a compromise version that would allow federal judges to protect reporters from subpoenas for information, if the judge determined that the news value of the reports exceeded the government’s interest in uncovering the sources of a leak. HuffPost / The Backstory New York Times reporter Charlie Savage asked Attorney General Eric Holder, who had just announced he’d recused himself from the AP leak investigation, “Are you also recused from the Stuxnet investigation out of Maryland?” The New York Times has reason to be concerned about whether investigators are using similar tactics on them. The Maryland case is believed to be focused on Times chief Washington correspondent David Sanger’s reporting on how the U.S. and Israel helped derail Iran’s nuclear program through cyberattacks. Sanger’s June scoop, along with the Times’ front-page article on Obama’s terrorist “kill list,” spurred Congressional calls to investigate the leaks of classified information. The Washington Post / Erik Wemple Media Matters for America, a group that monitors the country’s conservative media for distortions and inaccuracies, fell in for criticism Wednesday over the Justice Department’s secret subpoena of the Associated Press’s phone records. Evidence of this Media Matters-Obama administration mindmeld? This piece here, which says: “If the press compromised active counter-terror operations for a story that only tipped off the terrorists, that sounds like it should be investigated.” The Daily Beast / Politics Beast David Brock explained all in a statement. “Media Matters for America monitors, analyzes, and corrects conservative misinformation in the media and was not involved with the production of the document focusing on the DOJs investigation,” he said. “That document was issued by ‘Message Matters,’ a project of the Media Matters Action Network, which posts, through a different editorial process and to a different website, a wide range of potential messaging products for progressive talkers to win public debates with conservatives.”

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Justice Department Secretly Obtains AP Phone Records

This is sort of insane: The United States Justice Department has secretly obtained two months worth of phone records from Associated Press reporters and editors. The records contained incoming and outgoing calls and the duration of calls made via 20 different lines assigned to AP offices, and journalists’ home and cell phones. That’s a scarily large swath.

In a letter to the AP, the DOJ apparently offered no explanation for the seizure. The AP’s CEO and president, Gary Pruitt, responded with his own letter, protesting the DOJ’s actions:

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Media is Stupid, Gets Yelled at By FBI

As you’ve most likely heard by now, CNN, The Associated Press and Fox News decided to run with a report that a suspect was in custody regarding the Boston Marathon bombing, even though there was no proof.

The complete abandonment of facts and subsequent bear hugging of rumors forced the FBI to issue a statement. The short version: Shut up nothing has happened. Idiots.

The longer version:

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Jake Pearson Joins AP

Jake Pearson has been named general news reporter in New York City for The Associated Press. Pearson comes to the AP from NBC News, where he served as a reporter for Rock Center with Brian Williams.

Prior to NBC, Pearson was a general assignment reporter for the New York Daily News.

Pearson’s appointment is effective immediately.

NYPD Rescues Storm Victims from Staten Island Rooftops

The NYPD has just released this video to the AP. It shows officers rescuing Staten Island residents who were stranded by Hurricane Sandy.

We sometimes give the NYPD crap for how they treat the press, so we owe it to them to offer praise when they do great things. The cops were able to safely rescue five adults and one child.

Keep your head up, New York.

AP Names First Social Media, User Generated Content Editor

The Associated Press has named Fergus Bell its international social media and UGC (user generated content) editor, a new position at the company. Bell has been with the AP since 2006, most recently serving as senior producer, with a focus on social media.

“Fergus Bell has put the AP front and center in our efforts to secure the copyright and forensically verify user-generated content (UGC), which has become a focal newsgathering resource for the AP and took on a sharpened urgency as the Arab Spring swept the region last year and into this one,” said Tamer Fakahany, the AP’s deputy managing editor, in a memo.

Bell will remain stationed in London and work closely with the AP’s social media editor, Eric Carvin, who is stationed in New York.

“I’m really excited to take on this new role and continue working to find new ways of telling stories through user-generated content, whether it be from difficult places we can’t get to or allowing us to always find that one person who was in the right place at just the right time,” said Bell, in a statement.

San Diego Fireworks Photo Goes Viral

Local entrepreneur/blogger/Twitter icon Ben Baller captured this amazing photo of the fireworks malfunction at the “Big Bay Boom” in San Diego.

It was such a great photo that it instantly went viral and even The Associated Press picked up the image.

(Photo: Ben Baller)

The AP Sues Meltwater News

The Associated Press is suing Meltwater News — a media intelligence software service  — claiming that Meltwater has repeatedly infringed on the company’s copyrighted material, and often copies AP stories word for word. Tom Curley, the President and CEO of the AP, had some harsh words for Meltwater.

“Meltwater News is a parasitic distribution service that competes directly with traditional news sources without paying license fees to cover the costs of creating those stories,” Curley said in a press release. “It has a significant negative impact on the ability of AP to continue providing the high-quality news reports on which the public relies.”

The AP says that the Meltwater lawsuit shouldn’t be taken as an attack on sites who link to AP news stories because Meltwater does it in the wrong way.

“Meltwater is not a typical news aggregator,” said Laura Malone, the AP’s general counsel.