Behind the News

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The challenge of brevity in the digital age

, by John Daniszewski

News in the digital age comes in short — often very short — bursts, straight to our mobile phones, smart watches, tablets and computer screens.  Sometimes these short takes are all an audience will read, not the longer story that follows. That’s why we need to get them right.

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National AP climate change analysis sparks local reports

, by Lauren Easton

An AP analysis of 30 years of temperature change data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been echoed and localized by dozens of member newspapers.

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How and when we report on suicides

, by John Daniszewski

AP policy on reporting suicides, spelled out in the AP Stylebook, is “to not go into detail on the methods used.” There has been a robust discussion in our newsrooms about what this means — how far do we go in discussing methods of suicide by celebrities? Are we depriving readers of essential information on a story if we are too opaque? 

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Scrambling to secure video exclusives of traveling North Korean official

, by Lauren Easton

Ahead of an announcement by President Donald Trump that a top North Korean official would travel to the U.S. for talks about an upcoming summit between the two countries, a sharp-eyed AP journalist spotted Kim Yong Chol en route and set off a worldwide scramble.

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AP Syria missile photos dominate front pages

, by Lauren Easton

As the United States, Britain and France launched air strikes on Syria early Saturday, AP photographer Hassan Ammar, in Damascus, captured remarkable photos that ran on the front pages of some 100 newspapers across the globe.

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