AP-less Star Ledger
Editor and Publisher's new blog reports the Newark Star Ledger published today without the use of any AP copy.
Is it a protest against AP's new rates, or practice for doing away with the wire service altogether as a cost saving move? The question by E&P hangs there -- Star Ledger editor Jim Wilse didn't return the trade publication's calls seeking comment.
As for AP, it issued the usual nonstatement statement that it's trying to work with everyone. (AP corp commer Paul Colford posted the statement over at Jeff Jarvis' BuzzMachine, bringing three pointed questions from another commenter. So far, no response from Colford.) But remember, AP VP Sue Cross said recently the wire service really wasn't keeping track of such things ...
Earlier this week, AP's exec. ed, Kathleen Carroll, tried to calm things at the AP Managing Editors conference in Las Vegas. I did like the line from the E&P story: Kathleen Carroll told a crowd of newspaper editors that cancellation notices from member newspapers are common but not usually public knowledge.
Yep. Welcome to the "new world of news."