Now That We Have Embraced The Web Do We Need The AP Any Longer?

The Associated Press and other newswire services provide news to small newspapers that do not have the staffing to cover the news themselves. But now questions are being asked as to whether or not companies such as the AP are needed any longer. With the Internet, just about anyone can syndicate the news. But some like Rupert Murdoch believe that all news belongs to those that cover it and should not be used by others for personal gain.

In one recent article it stated that:

Put simply, syndication makes little sense in a world with URLs. When news outlets were segmented by geography, having live human beings sitting around in ten thousand separate markets deciding which stories to pull off the wire was a service. Now it’s just a cost.

I have a personal interest in this subject since as a blogger I depend heavily on the Internet to find information to write about. I find stories and articles that I believe would be interesting to those who have chosen to read my postings. I provide my personal opinion, like I am doing here, to provide a vehicle for others to comment on and to provide their own take on a news item.

There is also this:

Giving credit where credit is due will reward original work, whether scoops, hot news, or unique analysis or perspective. This will be great for readers. It may not, however, be so great for newspapers, or at least not for their revenues, because most of what shows up in a newspaper isn’t original or unique. It’s the first four grafs of something ripped off the wire and lightly re-written, a process repeated countless times a day with no new value being added to the story.

My feelings are that if you don’t want others to post about your news item, don’t put it on the Internet. It is as simple as that. If you think that a news item is of importance and if you believe that you can make a buck by placing the information on the web, be ready to have others quote your piece.

There is another question that we must ask. Who owns the news? Does it belong only to the people who report it? I believe it belongs to all of us.

The AP and CNN exchange news information all the time, and just cite the other as a quote. Just like I am doing here giving Gigaom credit. No harm, no foul. :-)

Just my two cents.

Comments welcome.

Source – Gigaom

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  • the oracle

    There are those, viewing this piece, that believe that quoting is a problem, and others who think that commentary is something we all do, and putting up what is being commented on verbatim is simply part of the process.

    I work from the standpoint that, unless one hides the discovery of information, or pretends to be the progenitor, there is no problem.

    I could wax eloquent about my loathing of Rupert Murdoch, but, simply put, he is an ass. Not everything is his, nor can he buy it.

    As far as rewarding the original purveyor of the information, I doubt that anyone reading here is naive enough to believe that.

    If that were the case, I would be making money “hand over fist” from all the places that put up their spam in comments and take what I say word for word, putting it on so-called “parking sites”.

    One difference between AP, CNN, and others – some don’t mind being quoted as long as credit is clear, others expressly prohibit it – which does them a partial disservice when ideas conveyed in the retelling of something are not completely correct.

    While having people “pull things from a wire” may seem superfluous, I find it of small import compared to the idiocy of television news.

    How many times do we see a story reported that could be read from the news room, simply because some part of the location of the current reporter is mentioned.? For example, seeing someone standing outside of city hall in Los Angeles reporting something that happened at Tommy’s Burgers at Beverly and Rampart is incongruous on so many levels. The city hall and Tommy’s are both in Los Angeles, but not near each other, except perhaps in a cosmic sense.

  • the oracle

    By the way, I know it is you quoting, from another quote (2 levels deep) but the original writer is probably not someone I would choose to quote considering that “grafs” is not a word, in any language, nor is it acceptable (common) slang.

    I am one of those that tend to suspect the comprehension of anyone that makes more than simple errors in spelling that would be easily seen as typos.

    My mind immediately flashes to Dan Quayle and the correct spelling of the vegetable that we make French fries from.

  • JFK

    FYI AP charges a high fee to reprint stories.

    Just my half pence: Most local papers that reproduce AP stories recognize that value but because of their limitations can’t send a reporter to Dubai.

    AP is a valuable service.

    The Oracle is correct: Murdoch is an ass.

    • Ron Schenone

      The Oracle is correct: Murdoch is an ass. :-)

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