What is the Associated Press?
Posted on 04/30/2013 Evan Swensen
Associated Press is the network created back in 1846 to share articles amongst newspapers, back in the days before the Internet. If a particular newspaper pays to subscribe to the Associated Press, they can reprint articles from other AP papers.
The news agency, Associated Press, has grown from a regional New York group, to a multinational, non-profit news agency. It is still based in New York City, and is a co-op—owned by those media—newspapers, TV stations, and radio stations which send stories to the AP, as well as use stories written by staff journalists.
Wikipedia has some details of interest to the enterprising author:
“As of 2005, the news collected by the AP is published and republished by more than 1,700 newspapers, in addition to more than 5,001 television and radio broadcasters. The photograph library of the AP consists of over 10 million images. The Associated Press operates 243 news bureaus, and it serves at least 120 countries, with an international staff located worldwide.
Associated Press also operates The Associated Press Radio Network, which provides newscasts twice hourly for broadcast and satellite radio and television stations. The AP Radio also offers news and public affairs features, feeds of news sound bites, and long form coverage of major events [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Associated_Press].”
This allows news to spread far and fast. Some of our authors have used this to great effect in letting the world know about their books. For instance, Marianne Schlegelmilsch recently sent us a list of places her books had been reviewed, or articles had been printed about her and her books. The list was long, and some links were as far away as France.
And that’s all due to the networking done by way of the Associated Press and its member papers.
So take note, and be sure to send your press releases to as many AP papers in your area as you can. Get your name printed and posted where it can be picked up. It’s an efficient way to spread the word about your books and events.
You can also contact regional Associated Press offices and send information directly to them. For instance, if you are an author in Minnesota, and your book concerns Texas, you would send a press release tailored to the Associated Press office in Dallas, as well as one for AP Minneapolis.
Let us hear from you, and how far your stories have gotten. That’s the kind of good news we like to share.
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