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Brewing battle between AP and its member newspapers will make papers healthier and their readers happier 6/29/08

Posted by Steve Boriss in AP.
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Lost Remote reports that there is growing interest around the country in Ohio newspapers’ plans to side-step the Associated Press and share statewide news only among themselves, ensuring that their papers are the exclusive sources for their original stories. Some papers feel they are simply being taken advantage of by the AP. The editor of the Columbus (OH) Dispatch said “What has happened is we’re becoming the wire service for the wire service,” as the AP lifts their statewide stories and distributes them to others. Robert Rivard, editor of the San Antonio Express-News, searched for a reason for being for his paper’s relationship with the AP, telling the Wall Street Journal, “If they’re our partners, they’re going to help us find ways to reduce costs. If they’re not our partners, they’re just vendors.”

If this trend catches on, it will be good for both these papers and for readers. The papers will be publishing more exclusive content, reestablishing their positions as indispensable news sources. Readers will benefit because more of the news they receive will be at the state rather than the federal level — news of education, roads, public services, and other areas that more directly affect their lives than most news out of Washington. Papers will be better off looking to their readers’ lives for inspiration than to Washington.

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