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Why can’t the media understand the digital divide—especially the Associated Press?

By David Rothman
September 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

Just why can’t the news media understand the digital divide? And how about the related literacy issues that technology could help cope with, if top policymakers were better informed? Consider the masterful con job that Amazon performed on reporters by equating Amazon sales figures with how [...]

Zelig and the art of winning a Pulitzer: Q&A with J. Ross Baughman, photojournalist

By David Rothman
November 30, 2014 // 1 Comment

Imagine 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, [...]

Take the writer out of the loop: Associated Press offers robot reporting

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

I 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 [...]

Authors should know when to call it quits

By libertyc
November 4, 2013 // 9 Comments

I 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 [...]

The Associated Press is digitizing its corporate archives

By Dan Eldridge
April 10, 2013 // 1 Comment

This 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 [...]

Arthur Frommer reacquires his guidebook brand from Google

By Dan Eldridge
April 4, 2013 // 2 Comments

According 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.” [...]

Arizona bill looks to add e-book readers to library privacy law

By libertyc
March 27, 2013 // 0 Comments

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 [...]

From the author of Fifty Shades, a how-to writing guide

By Dan Eldridge
March 11, 2013 // 3 Comments

It 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 [...]

Associated Press places on-line content in Pulse, Flipboard

By libertyc
January 8, 2012 // 1 Comment

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 [...]

Associated Press removes hyphen from email; is e-book next?

By libertyc
March 20, 2011 // 5 Comments

The 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 [...]

Copyright troll Righthaven files $75,000 lawsuits against bloggers who repost articles

By libertyc
August 5, 2010 // 20 Comments

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 [...]

Woot calls out Associated Press for quotation hypocrisy

By libertyc
July 6, 2010 // 1 Comment

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 [...]

On the web, Rolling Stone was scooped on its own story

By libertyc
June 28, 2010 // 0 Comments

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 [...]

Will ‘enriched’ e-books enrich the user experience?

By libertyc
March 16, 2010 // 0 Comments

On TechFlash, Eric Engleman comments on an Associated Press story about a new “enriched” edition of David Baldacci’s latest novel, Deliver Us From Evil, that Hachette is putting together. It will cost $15.99, $1 more than the $14.99 starting price of the regular edition (which will fall to [...]

Attributor set to begin cracking down on web copyright violations

By libertyc
March 5, 2010 // 0 Comments

Journalist-blogger Alan D. Mutter writes on his blog Reflections of a Newsosaur that the first big web copyright content crackdown is going to commence later this month. Jim Pitkow, CEO of Attributor—the company we covered a few days ago for its survey claiming that e-book piracy had cost the [...]

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