Partnerships must replace AP for certain news coverage

The Associated Press long ago stopped doing a good job providing coverage of state government.

And over the past five to 10 years, newspapers have also scaled way back or eliminated Statehouse coverage completely.
And even the state government coverage that is provided by Associated Press member newspapers doesn’t get picked up by the AP like it used to, under a shift in philosophy that I still can’t figure out over the past few years. The Associated Press just doesn’t rewrite and move that much stuff anymore from its members. It focuses instead on its own staff-written stuff, which is less and less, at least when it comes to “local” and “state” coverage. There are fewer local AP bureaus, there are fewer reporters and photographers in the remaining AP bureaus, and those local bureaus are increasingly managed by someone far away. For example, a few years back the Connecticut bureau was put under the leadership of someone working out of Boston.
But who needs the AP for this stuff anyway?
We have the opportunity to provide better coverage than the AP ever provided of the Statehouse and statewide topics through possible partnerships with entrepreneurial and experimental online news organizations such as CT Mirror and CT News Junkie.
I can see newspapers like mine exchanging news feeds with these types of providers and re-purposing some of that content in print in exchange for cross-promotion of their brand.
Why not?

About mattderienzo

Matt DeRienzo has worked for more than 20 years as a reporter, editor, publisher and corporate editorial director and has been recognized nationally for leading newsroom innovation. He teaches journalism at Quinnipiac University, writes a monthly column for Editor & Publisher magazine, and serves as interim executive director of LION Publishers, a national network of local independent online news site publishers. Previously, he served as group editor of Digital First Media's publications in Connecticut, including the New Haven Register, Middletown Press, Register Citizen and Connecticut Magazine, and Northeast regional editor for Digital First Media. He also served as publisher of The Register Citizen, Middletown Press and a group of weeklies in Northwest Connecticut, and before that was corporate director of news for small dailies and non-daily publications for the former Journal Register Company. In early 2011, The Register Citizen was named one of Editor & Publisher magazine's "10 Newspapers That Do It Right," and DeRienzo was named to its annual "25 Under 35" list of leaders in the newspaper industry. In the fall of 2011, The Register Citizen was awarded the Associated Press Managing Editors Innovator of the Year Award in recognition of The Register Citizen Newsroom Cafe, an "open newsroom" launched in Torrington, Connecticut, in December 2010. He led a team of more than 100 journalists in covering the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in late 2012 and 2013, and has been honored for his editorial writing and leadership of public service and investigative reporting. In 2014, his efforts at the New Haven Register were recognized with the APME's and ASNE's Robert C. McGruder Award for Leadership in Newsroom Diversity. DeRienzo is a former longtime board member of the United Way of Northwest Connecticut, and served as co-chairman of the United Way's annual fundraising campaign in 2009 and again in 2011. In 2011, he received the organization's Lifetime Achievement Award.
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