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AP CEO Curley Talks Free Press

tomcurleyheadshot.jpgThe Associated Press‘ president and CEO Tom Curley spoke before the Kentucky Press Association today, emphasizing the importance of the Freedom of Information Act and a free press.

Curley focused on the AP’s insistence on gaining access to federal documents, and going to court to get access when necessary. “AP went to court in nearly 40 cases in the past year, either by itself or in collaboration with other news organizations, to clear the path to information or proceedings the public was entitled to hear about,” he said.

After listing some of the many cases where the AP has successfully fought for the right to access to information, Curley also touched upon the importance of fighting for laws that will keep access to that information available:

“In these changing times, all the old rules and all the old tools still apply…shoe leather, digging, developing sources, skepticism, shrewdness and intuition. And these days we also can make use of new tools..databases, statistical analysis, social networking, and all the research skills it takes to extract newsworthy information from them.”

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With 90 Laid Off, AP Finally Hits Payroll Cut Goal

We’ve been following the brutal layoffs at the Associated Press all week, and the news organization has remained mum throughout. Until now.

Last year, CEO Tom Curley told staff that the company needed to cut 10 percent of its payroll costs, and voluntary buyouts, a hiring freeze and layoffs this year have moved the company toward this goal. Today, the AP said in a statement that the 90 people let go across the organization this week have brought them to that point. Said the AP:

“The 90 news department staffers being notified this week, along with earlier reductions in other departments, a voluntary retirement program last summer, a continuing hiring freeze and attrition, bring The Associated Press to its goal of a 10 percent reduction in the news cooperative’s global payroll costs in 2009, as outlined by President and CEO Tom Curley last November.”

Hopefully this means the bloodshed is over at the AP for now.

Earlier: AP Layoff Update: Four Bureaus Closed, Says Union

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TVNewser: John Towriss, CNN‘s former deputy Washington bureau chief, writes about his experiences with Lou Dobbs.

WebNewser: Huffington Post launches a sports section.

Silicon Alley Insider: Associated Press CEO Tom Curley told staff Tuesday that more layoffs this year are possible. “I know you all would like me to sound the all clear. I cannot do that,” he said.

All Things Digital: News Corp. might join Time Inc.‘s “Hulu for magazines.”

New York Times: There’s still no ladies in late night comedy writing rooms.

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’s Curley, Murdoch: Get Ready To Pay Up

AP logo2.pngTwo days after proposing that some people will have to pay a premium to get certain news first, the Associated Press‘s CEO Tom Curley spoke more about charging third parties for access to his organization’s content at a presentation in Beijing on Friday.

According to the AP report, Curley said content creators like the AP have been slow to react to the growing popularity of third party aggregators, which are presumably draining revenue from the contents’ creators. “We will no longer tolerate the disconnect between people who devote themselves — at great human and economic cost — to gathering news of public interest and those who profit from it without supporting it,” he said.

However, when we think of aggregators we think Google, The Huffington Post and blogs. Curley mentioned Wikipedia, YouTube and Facebook as “preferred consumer destinations for breaking news,” although they are consumer generated and typically don’t generate revenue for those posting the stories. When was the last time you made money off a link you posted to Facebook? It’s unclear how the AP will enact what Curley described as a push to “quickly and decisively act to take back control of our content.”

Meanwhile, News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch was also speaking in Beijing today, warning that “aggregators and plagiarists” will soon be held accountable for the content they are co-opting from the original creators. It’s an idea that has been swirling around since the AP announced the creation of their news registry earlier this year.

We wonder: under the plans yet to be proposed by Curley and Murdoch, would we have been able to write this post without paying up?

Read the full text of Curley’s speech here.

AP, News Corp bosses tell search engines to pay up –Associated Press

Earlier: AP Looks At Ways To Charge Some For Getting News Earlier

AP Looks At Ways To Charge Some For Getting News Earlier

AP logo2.pngHere’s a talking point: can the Associated Press charge certain parties who want exclusive access to its content? How would such a model work?

Speaking before the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents’ Club on Tuesday, the AP’s chief executive Tom Curley mentioned that the international news collective was “considering whether to sell news stories to some online customers exclusively for a certain period, perhaps half an hour.”

Although Curley didn’t outline how these payments would be enacted or upheld, the thought has caused some discussion among members of the news media.

Yesterday, our sister blog PRNewser asked publicists how they felt about the possible move. “In a 24/7 news cycle where people can get information instantly, the AP idea seems absurd,” said Keith Trivitt, account executive at RLM Public Relations.

This is not the first time the AP revealed new methods for protecting their content and monetizing it. Earlier this year, the AP announced the development of a registry that would track and tag the AP’s content so the organization can keep track who is using — or misusing — its content around the Web.

What do you think about these new developments? Are they necessary?

And while we’re on the topic of the AP, our colleagues at Mobile Content Today interviewed the AP’s senior VP of global product development Jane Seagrave about its new pricey AP Stylebook iPhone app. The didn’t discuss the latest plan to charge for exclusive content, but it’s an interesting peek into some of the things the AP is working on and why.

Update: The AP send us this comment on Curley’s statements earlier this week:

“The Associated Press is exploring numerous opportunities on many fronts to meet the needs and challenges of the digital media era and to support our global journalism.

As discussed this week by AP President and CEO Tom Curley in Hong Kong, the AP news registry, announced in April and now in development, will greatly improve and quicken the discovery of authoritative news produced by the AP and its member news organizations and empower them to better serve their readers and customers.”

Related: AP Creates Registry To Protect Content Online

AP CEO and Arianna Huffington on Charlie Rose

Charlie Rose had a great segment last night, welcoming both AP CEO Tom Curley and Arianna Huffington as guests to dicuss, among other things, paid vs. free content. As most of you are probably aware, the AP announced its intention to crack down on aggregators who are using their content without paying for it. Says Curley: “We believe is people are trying to build businesses on our back, on our good work, and on the works of our journalists who are in some cases risking their lives to get that news. So they are building their businesses and they are not compensating us, and that’s what we want to stop.”

HuffPo, as we discovered the other day, does have a licensing deal with the AP, which Arianna points out in this segment. She also notes that the “question is, do we recognize, as Jeff Jarvis puts it, that we are living in the link economy, where links are actually incredibly valuable. They drive traffic to content providers.”

When the full segment goes live on CharlieRose.com we’ll post (update: full vid after the jump). In the meantime HuffPo has a lengthier clip.

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