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Tribune newspapers dropping AP
Jack Kurtz, Photographer
Bangkok | Bangkok | Thailand | Posted: 1:38 AM on 12.26.12
->> The Tribune papers, except the LA Times, is dropping AP. They're apparently in discussions with Reuters to fill some of the gap.

http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/chicago-media-blog/15958831/wire-cut...
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Michael Fischer, Photographer
Spencer | Ia | USA | Posted: 12:19 PM on 12.26.12
->> This is going to get interesting. I've had ongoing conversations with another SS.com member over the last year and the question was a simple one: Is AP part of the problem or part of the solution? This is not intended to be of any disrespect to the AP (which I love); this is two guys having a business discussion about the future.

This much I do know: Somethings are going to change.
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer, Photo Editor
PLANET | EARTH | | Posted: 3:37 PM on 12.26.12
->> Yup.... Look for a radical shift in staffing and staffers. In our state 96% of the statehouse/political photos are supplied to the AP by our paper. Not that it's their fault but the two state staffers are mainly concerned with pro, top ranked college sports and the occasional national disaster. In recent years the AP's "offer" to reduce member fees by having members flood the wire with local feature art has resulted in an avalanche of stand alone photos. Also, many of the AP's own scribblers now fancy themselves as photographers and shoot art for their own stories. The AP used to be the go to wire service....that has changed dramatically with all the side deals news organizations are making among one another. If other chains decide to cancel their various subscriptions to AP's services there will be a bloodbath which will not be pretty
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David G. McIntyre, Photographer, Photo Editor
Hong Kong | . | CHINA | Posted: 1:12 AM on 12.28.12
->> The AP provides most of the International news for papers, but not fully sure how the other wires compare on the US news front.
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer, Photo Editor
PLANET | EARTH | | Posted: 1:38 AM on 12.28.12
->> Actually David, Getty and Reuters do a much better job than the AP (internationally). They have photographers that take more visual chances than most AP shooters.
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Kent Nishimura, Student/Intern, Photographer
Honolulu | HI | USA | Posted: 4:45 AM on 12.28.12
->> I've heard rumblings that Reuters is making a HUGE push into AP's market in 2013. It's going to be interesting to see what comes this coming year.
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Sam Morris, Photographer
Henderson (Las Vegas) | NV | USA | Posted: 3:18 PM on 01.08.13
->> Add the Review Journal to the list of papers giving notice to the AP:

http://jimromenesko.com/2013/01/08/las-vegas-review-journal-is-dropping-the.../
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Paul Hayes, Photographer, Photo Editor
Littleton | NH | USA | Posted: 5:36 PM on 01.08.13
->> AP has made continual cuts in my neck of the woods (NH, Vt.) over the years. Nowadays they have very lean staffs.

News agencies up here tend to help each other quite a bit as it is. They are also tightening their belts a lot. I wouldn't be surprised if, someday soon, papers in both states established news sharing agreements and cut out AP.
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Paul Hayes, Photographer, Photo Editor
Littleton | NH | USA | Posted: 5:38 PM on 01.08.13
->> [Apologize for the terrible grammar above. I'm listening to scanner reports of a structure fire as I type. Gotta run!]
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Jonathan Daniel, Photographer
Chicago | IL | USA | Posted: 9:39 PM on 01.08.13
->> Old story. They did it over a year ago.
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Michael Ip, Photo Editor, Photographer
New York | NY | USA | Posted: 11:22 PM on 01.09.13
->> Not surprising considering how much it costs to carry AP.

I wouldn't be surprised if people start turning toward aggregators such as Zuma, Landov and Newscom. In my opinion some of the agencies provide more value (pictures are generally a la carte) than a bulk subscription to a wire.

Reuters and Getty are great, but certainly are not inexpensive either, and their coverage domestically (outside of the big cities) are rather scant. They are certainly getting better, but AP is still king for the local coverage.

That being said, more and more I'm seeing AP isn't covering things that they normally would have, that Getty and Reuters are.

It'll be interesting to see how the wire landscape changes in the next few years.
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