Thursday, August 06, 2009

Examiner piece criticizes AP for outsourcing to "left wing" (or "progressive") groups


The Washington DC Examiner (which tends to the conservative side, maybe not so much as the Washington Times, though) has a commentary on p 25, on Aug. 6, by Ken McIntyre, “Associated Press outsourcing to leftist nonprofits is a bad idea”, link here.

The non-profit AP (163 years old, with about 1500 member papers) recently announced that it would feature investigative journalism from the Center for Investigative Reporting, ProPublica (Journalism in the Public Interest), the Center for Public Integrity, and the "academic" Investigative Reporting Workshop at the American University School of Communication.

McIntyre criticizes the concept because contributors won’t necessarily be “accountable to employers with a stake in the community”.

In the past couple of years, AP has been involved in some controversy over its complaints over the way some bloggers or “headline story collection sites” used its material, which it claimed was copyright infringement.

However, major media outlets often get permission to run and feature AP stories.

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