Magazine article Editor & Publisher

AP Resolutions for '96: Better Writing, Harder Edge to State News

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

AP Resolutions for '96: Better Writing, Harder Edge to State News

Article excerpt

IN THE OLYMPIC and presidential election year of 1996, the Associated Press intends to improve news and sportswriting, give a harder edge to state and regional reporting and move voting and sporting results faster, its top executives say.

In a report to the recent Associated Press Managing Editors convention in Indianapolis, managers of the nation's largest wire service repeatedly emphasized initiatives to sharpen the writing of their reporters - especially at the state level.

Veteran national political writer Walter Mears will be the most prominent of several AP staffers working at state bureaus to improve writing, AP vice president and executive editor William E. Ahearn said.

State reports will also take on a sharper journalistic edge, Ahearn said.

"Hard-edged journalism on a state level has been a prime goal of AP," Ahearn said.

In addition, AP will introduce regional reporting, beginning with a dozen western states, he said.

AP is also promising election-year coverage with more enterprise reporting.

"We will track trends from the grass roots up," said managing editor Darrell Christian. "And coverage of election nights themselves will be more sophisticated, more oriented to the `why' than the `what.'"

AP intends to expand its use of exit polls and speed up projections, he said.

"That means you will get faster calls on the winners and losers - some almost as the polls close - and smarter journalism that focuses on why the voters did what they did," Christian said. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.