Singleton out as AP chairman

Dean Singleton of Denver, who was replaced as head of MediaNews Group by John Paton earlier this year, is now leaving the chairmanship of the Associated Press board of directors. His five-year term has expired. The AP board has picked Mary Junck, chairman and CEO of Lee Enterprises, as the wire service’s new chairman. One of her first tasks will be to find a replacement for AP president and CEO Tom Curley, who announced earlier this week that he will

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AP’s new rules for crediting other media

The Associated Press, under the chairmanship of MediaNews CEO Dean Singleton, has been aggressive in taking legal action against media outlets that have used AP material without permission (link1, link2 and link3). Now AP has issued new guidelines to its employees about using material that was reported by other news organizations. The main thrust of Associated Press Senior Managing Editor Michael Oreskes’ memo is that AP writers should always credit the original source of the material they’re using. Oreskes writes: We

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MSM steals story from blogger without credit

Remember how Dean Singleton was complaining last year that Internet news organizations were stealing the news his papers and the AP were producing? Well, blogger Danny Sullivan shows how a story he broke on Friday (about a Utah woman suing Google for bad map directions) was ripped off without attribution by various media outlets, including AP (which is headed by Singleton) and Singleton’s Salt Lake City paper. Seems those who stole the story left some telltale traces that showed they

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AP lays off veteran Michelle Locke

Dozens of UC-Berkeley students occupied a campus office building Friday and thousands demonstrated outside over a student fee hike, but the AP had to cover it without its Berkeley bureau reporter Michelle Locke. Locke, a 24-year veteran of AP, was laid off this week, according to Erin Carlson of Silicon Valley Insider. The 8th Ld-writethru of the protest story at 9:29 p.m. Friday had no byline. AP said it laid off 90 news employees worldwide this week to reach its

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Mary Morris was early female AP photographer

AP reports that one of its first female photographers, Mary Morris Lawrence, died Aug. 12 in Oakland at age 95. She was suffering from heart problems. The Chicago native joined the AP in New York on Nov. 16, 1936 and worked as a features photographer. Morris described herself as a “groundbreaker” in an interview with The Oakland Tribune in 2007 and recalled male colleagues at the AP joking that they would no longer be able to change their pants in

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AP close to issuing guidelines to bloggers

Matthew Lasa of the tech policy blog Ars Techica says AP is getting close to releasing guidelines to bloggers and others who might be tempted to use the wire service’s copy or photos: “The guidelines are coming,” [AP News Editor Ted] Bridis promised. “AP’s main concern are not the bloggers that excerpt a relevant passage, and then derive some commentary. What happens an awful lot is just wholesale theft. So those are the ones that will find the cease and

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More reporters leaving the business

Another day, another list of reporters who are leaving newspapers. Two members of the Chron’s Sacramento Bureau are departing, Mark Martin and Greg Lucas. Martin is going to the Little Hoover Commission while Lucas is leaving to “write more travel stories and feed my seemingly unquenchable wanderlust,” according to a note quoted by Steven Maviglio’s Majority Report political blog. “And I don’t think I’m too old to learn the new trick of blog although I’m troubled since it’s a four-letter

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Singleton becomes AP board chairman

Not only does Dean Singleton (pictured) control 11 paid dailies in the Bay Area but on Monday he took over as chairman of the board of The Associated Press for a five-year term, the AP announced. Singleton’s MediaNews Group didn’t buy the AP. AP is a cooperative that’s owned by its newspaper members. The board consists mostly of newspaper chain CEOs. Knight Ridder’s Tony Ridder of Woodside used to serve on the board. Singleton’s been on the board since 1999.

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AP awards banquet cancelled

In a sign of the times, the April 27 Associated Press News Executives Council awards banquet at Disneyland’s Paradise Pier Hotel has been canceled. This move follows cancellation of the affiliated California Society of Newspaper Editors conference. “These are challenging times in the newspaper industry and travel budgets have been significantly reduced, leading to a low number of commitments for both events,” said an advisory issued by the AP to its member newspapers. While the banquet and conference have been

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New Tribune owner: Make Google pay

The new owner of the Tribune Co., Sam Zell (pictured) says it’s time for newspapers to stop giving away their stories to popular search engines such as Google. Zell made his comments in interviews with the Washington Post before and after a speech he delivered Thursday (April 5) at Stanford Law School in Palo Alto. Zell said Google wouldn’t be very profitable if newspapers joined together to stop Google from stealing their content. Regarding Google, Zell said: We’re going to

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