A staff memo by State Government Editor Tom Verdin describes how, in the chaotic days that followed President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, a data journalist helped AP member news organizations and customers “localize a story of international significance”:
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.
Global Entertainment and Lifestyles Editor Nekesa Mumbi Moody oversees text and visual journalists based in New York, London, Hong Kong, Nashville and Los Angeles. Her staff covers movies, music, television, video games, fashion, food, travel and events including the Emmys, Grammys and Fashion Week. Ahead of the 87th Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 22, the well-wired reporter and editor pulls back the curtain on AP’s entertainment operation and explains how her team plans to cover entertainment’s biggest night:
One top AP editor said the story “sent dominoes tumbling in all directions.”
Business reporter Candice Choi obtained stunning emails that showed Coca-Cola Co. was a guiding force behind a nonprofit group founded to fight obesity. “Coke helped pick the group’s leaders, edited its mission statement and suggested articles and videos for its website,” Choi wrote.
At a luncheon at Columbia University in New York on Tuesday, the AP journalists who documented torture, corruption and starvation in Yemen’s civil war accepted a Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting.
It was Spain’s worst rail disaster in 70 years. An express train careened off the tracks in a jumble of flying steel, killing 79 people. In chaos that followed one key question emerged almost instantly: Was the train driver speeding? Initial but unsourced reports indicated he was. Video of the crash from a security camera seemed to show this. But as in the immediate aftermath of most disasters, precise, reliable information was very hard to come by.
UPDATED: Dec. 11, 2013
Santiago Lyon, AP vice president and director of photography, wrote this opinion piece published in The New York Times: Obama’s Orwellian Image Control.