Poynter: How the AP Stylebook has kept up with the pandemic

Poynter: How the AP Stylebook has kept up with the pandemic. “The pandemic gave us a new vocabulary to describe everyday life — Zoom, anyone? — and editors at the Associated Press Stylebook have been working to keep up. AP first published its coronavirus topical guide last March and has since updated it ‘five or six’ times in the past year, AP Stylebook editor Paula Froke said. The current version, published March 10, contains 74 entries, 43 of which are new to the stylebook.”

Poynter: Data journalism solves big problems, but it’s an organizational mess. A new tool from the AP aims to fix that.

Poynter: Data journalism solves big problems, but it’s an organizational mess. A new tool from the AP aims to fix that. . “It sounds like an arcane, almost bureaucratic problem, but the structure of data journalism is often a Wild West in need of a lasso. Data journalists rely on multiple programming languages and countless processes and techniques to get their jobs done — rendering collaboration between newsrooms or even individual journalists an exercise in translation. It makes sense that the Associated Press, a newsroom that exists to work with other newsrooms, would want to solve this problem. Last week, the AP unveiled AP Datakit, a free and open source tool built to make it easier for newsrooms and journalists to collaborate on data journalism.”

New Online: The AP Washington Bureau, 1915-1930 (Library of Congress)

Library of Congress: New Online: The AP Washington Bureau, 1915-1930. “The Associated Press Washington Bureau News Dispatches between the tumultuous years between 1915 and 1930 are now online at the Library, providing readers and researchers with a look at how some of the biggest events of the era were reported to millions of readers across the nation. The 378,082 images in the collection fill 375 volumes and cover World War I, women’s suffrage, the Roaring ’20s, the Jazz Age and the stock market crashes of 1929 that ushered in the Great Depression. “

Poynter: The AP isn’t abandoning its fact-checking partnership with Facebook. It’s expanding it.

Poynter: The AP isn’t abandoning its fact-checking partnership with Facebook. It’s expanding it.. “Two months after it was rumored to be quitting, the Associated Press has expanded its fact-checking partnership with Facebook. In a press release sent to Poynter on Tuesday, the wire service announced that it will start debunking false content in Spanish for its American audience. The outlet will also publish corresponding fact checks in Spanish, making it the first of Facebook’s American partners to do so, according to the release.”

Making the Case: Establishing a Digital Archive at the Associated Press (Preservica Webinar on 12/12)

Bopping around my Google Alerts, I found this notification on what sounds like a very interesting webinar from Preservica: “Making the Case: Establishing a Digital Archive at the Associated Press”. It’s on December 12 at 10AM EST (3PM GST). From the page: “Featuring a conversation with Valerie Komor, Director of the Associated Press Corporate Archives, this webinar focuses on how she and her team built the business case for a digital preservation system and engaged stakeholders to identify and prioritize information assets for preservation based on value and risk. Valerie will share highlights on their three year journey to establish and sustain a digital archive, and offer insights into how collaboration with records creators and researchers is changing in the digital age.” As far as I can tell (and I registered) it’s free.

TechCrunch: The Associated Press’ plan to put hyperlocal data in the hands of reporters

TechCrunch: The Associated Press’ plan to put hyperlocal data in the hands of reporters. “Since 2013, The Associated Press has been making an intentional effort to put data in the hands of local reporters. In the last few years, this meant assisting with Freedom of Information Act requests and putting a team of four engineers to work building visualizations and extracting insights from massive spreadsheets. Today the AP is entering into a joint pilot program with Data.world to equip reporters with granular, local, data for more telling stories.”

Associated Press Purchases Movietone Film Archive

The Associated Press has purchased the Movietone film archive. “Most of the archive has been digitized and is available for licensing, but about 15 percent of the library has never been seen by the public. This footage includes material that failed to make it into news bulletins or was barred by censors during World War II. The Associated Press hopes to digitize and release the material over time.”