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Celebrating AP's 150 Years

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Celebrating AP's 150 Years

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Mary ANNE Rhyne knows Ed White very well, even though she has never met met him.

White's 39-year career at the Associated Press --much of it on the foreign desk in Southeast Asia and as Saigon bureau chief from 1965 to 1970 -- is the stuff of AP legend.

"I wouldn't recognize him to see him, but I know of his work,' said Rhyne, AP's Hartford, Corm., bureau chief.

And that's why Rhyne is part of the committee that is organizing AP's 150th anniversary, celebration in 1998.

"AP has always been a family, and this celebration is an opportunity to trace our family tree together," said the North Carolina native, who joined AP after graduating in 1979 from the University of North Carolina. "It makes you proud."

As Rhyne sees it, the celebration is an opportunity to give the staff "a fresh perspective on what we do, which is all about writing history?

Today the AP, a not-for-profit cooperative founded by six newsmen from 10 papers to cut costs and pool resources, has 1,550 U.S. newspaper members and 6,000 U.S. radio and television stations and networks, and supplies news and services to more than 15,000 newspaper and broadcast outlets world-wide. There are 237 bureaus -- nearly enough for one in every country -- throughout the world.

At its inception, however, just six men had a single idea: Instead of reporters from individual newspapers fighting -- literally -- to get the news, racing out to steamships anchored off-shore in New York, jostling and overturning each other's boats to get on board first, the group decided to produce a single telegraphic report they all could publish. …

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