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Zelig and the art of winning a Pulitzer: Q&A with J. Ross Baughman, photojournalist
November 30, 2014 | 12:25 pm

nazisphotographedbyjrossbaughmanImagine you’re with the Secret Service. A young Ohioan calls up and says he’ll be joining the Nazi Party. “I wanted you to know.” Wait---the story gets even better. The Ohio man already has been within shooting range of presidential candidates. J. Ross Baughman isn’t a real Nazi, however. Instead he is a photojournalist for my old newspaper, and he is about to infiltrate the National Socialist movement. My friend is merely trying to keep his name off the Secret Service’s watch list so he can continue his campaign coverage. A letter co-signed by his editor does the trick. The Nazis think...

Take the writer out of the loop: Associated Press offers robot reporting
July 1, 2014 | 10:25 am

dronesI hope Amazon hasn't picked up any bad ideas from this little initiative. As widely reported, Associated Press is rolling out a service delivered by a company called Automated Insights that automates delivery of corporate quarterly reporting and other business news stories. "Automated Insights' patented Wordsmith platform writes insightful, personalized reports from your data," declares the company blurb. "It's like an expert talking with each user in plain English." The five-part Wordsmith production process involves acquisition of data, analysis through "advanced metrics," identification and contextualization of trends, formulation of "a narrative that tells the story around the most important insights," and...

Authors should know when to call it quits
November 4, 2013 | 12:34 pm

Charlaine HarrisI unfortunately read the entire Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. I read the books even though I stopped enjoying them. The first several books in the 13-book series were fun. There was this vast world full of crazy characters that had layers and room for growth. It was enticing to read about a woman whose world got turned on its head and all for the better despite her abilities. But toward the end of the series, the writing got lazy and the characters were predictable and repeated themselves. I saw this article over the weekend from the Associated Press talking about Harris’s...

The Associated Press is digitizing its corporate archives
April 10, 2013 | 8:11 pm

Associated PressThis is something of a big story for old-school news geeks: Two days ago, an organization known as Gale, which is part of the Kentucky-based Cengage Learning, a digital solutions provider, announced an agreement with the Associated Press to digitize [its] corporate archives, "including millions of pages of news copy (some never-before published), bureau records, correspondence, the personal papers of reporters and more," according to a release. Gale has been involved in similar large-scale partnerships in the past with the Smithsonian Institution and the National Geographic Society. The company is referring to its partnership with the A.P. as an event that will help "Gale get one...

Arthur Frommer reacquires his guidebook brand from Google
April 4, 2013 | 2:57 pm

FrommerAccording to an Associated Press report that was filed less than three hours ago today, the travel publishing pioneer Arthur Frommer "said Wednesday that he has reacquired rights to his travel guidebook brand from Google, and that he intends to resume publishing Frommer guidebooks." Back on the 22nd of March, we reported on the news that Google had decided to cease publishing all print editions of the Frommer's travel guidebooks, which it had acquired just seven months earlier from Wiley, the previous owner of the brand. Now, it appears as if Arthur Frommer himself—a true trailblazer in the travel guidebook industry—has somehow...

Arizona bill looks to add e-book readers to library privacy law
March 27, 2013 | 11:15 am

As e-books emerge as more and more of a popular medium, politicians have to look at new ways of protecting citizens. When many laws were enacted, even decades ago, they were written without much consideration for future digital endeavors. Arizona is the most recent to state to look at e-books, and to move to protect those that read them. A bill is going through the state legislature to add e-books to the current library privacy law, according to the Associated Press. The current state law already prohibits the disclosure of library records without a court order. This bill would protect readers of...

From the author of Fifty Shades, a how-to writing guide
March 11, 2013 | 9:22 pm

Fifty ShadesIt sounds suspiciously like a story from The Onion: 'Fifty Shades' author to publish writing guide. But nope—it's actually a real-life AP wire story that appeared on the Philadelphia Inquirer's website this morning. Scheduled to be published on May 1 by Random House's Vintage imprint, Fifty Shades of Grey: Inner Goddess (A Journal) will be a combination of author E.L. James' professional writing advice and—get this—blank journal pages for readers to fill with their own words. Wow. You definitely don't need an English lit degree to see this book for what it is: A fairly easy way to make a pile of money by cashing in...

Associated Press places on-line content in Pulse, Flipboard
January 8, 2012 | 8:15 pm

PaidContent reported a few days ago that the Associated Press has branched out into digital distribution by making content available through tablet-based reading apps Pulse and Flipboard. The AP is not providing the readers with all its content, but making available “a selection of international and national news and associated images.” This will include special coverage focusing on this year’s Presidential race, in both cases. Given the AP’s past parsimonious behavior, I find it a little funny that it’s taking so readily to social newsreading apps that will let their users share AP content with their friends and on...

Associated Press removes hyphen from email; is e-book next?
March 20, 2011 | 4:58 pm

AP-Style-GuideThe Associated Press stylebook, after last year changing “Web site” to “website”, has now decided to remove the hyphen from “e-mail”, rendering it “email” in AP articles from now on. Even though the hyphen originally stood in for the absence of “lectronic” from the shortened “electronic mail”, in all probability almost nobody except the AP and those who follow its style guide’s dictates had been using the hyphen for the last several years. I find myself wondering if “e-book” is next. When I started writing for TeleRead several years ago, David Rothman told me to use the hyphenated...

Copyright troll Righthaven files $75,000 lawsuits against bloggers who repost articles
August 5, 2010 | 8:30 am

We’ve previously covered the Associated Press’s attack on bloggers for quoting material, and a company called Attributor that was supposed to start filing copyright violation suits on behalf of various clients including the AP earlier this year. While I haven’t heard anything more about Attributor, the Las Vegas Sun has an article on a copyright-police company called Righthaven, with an interesting business model that could be described as copyright trolling. Whereas up to now most newspapers have simply asked violators to take their content down, and replace it with links to the papers’ own sites, Righthaven has filed copyright lawsuits against...

Woot calls out Associated Press for quotation hypocrisy
July 6, 2010 | 5:55 pm

ap A couple of years back, we reported on a controversy over the Associated Press demanding that the Drudge Retort blog take down some excerpts it had quoted from AP stories. It turned out that, in a blatant defiance of the principles of fair use, the AP actually wanted to impose a fee structure on the right to quote passages from its stories ($12.50 for 5-25 words, $17.50 for 26-50, and so on), though it later backed down. More recently, as I mentioned a few days ago, Woot was bought by Amazon. And as it is Woot’s habit to...

On the web, Rolling Stone was scooped on its own story
June 28, 2010 | 8:15 am

lady-gaga-rolling-stone-cov If you don’t care much about politics, you could be forgiven for not paying much attention to last week’s story of how General Stanley A. McChrystal shot off his mouth in a Rolling Stone interview (to such an extent that he actually apologized for his remarks before the article was even published!), and was subsequently canned and replaced in the Afghanistan theater. For me, the most interesting thing is not the story itself—the kind of scoop every magazine editor dreams of—but the rather odd secondary furor that the New York Times reports has surrounded the story’s circulation. ...

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