Topic: “State news”

Posted in Behind the News

Digital storytelling takes readers inside death chamber

, by Lauren Easton

In a memo to staff, Deep South News Editor Jim Van Anglen recounted how a reporter worked with an interactive editor and producer to go beyond traditional coverage of executions in the U.S., taking people inside Georgia’s execution chamber to hear the inmates’ last words:

Posted in Behind the News

Reporter persists through legal labyrinth to produce ‘affluenza’ family portrait

, by Paul Colford

A staff memo by Vice President-U.S. News Brian Carovillano describes the obstacles that an investigative reporter overcame to produce “a document-driven, explanatory piece that added key context to a story that had been a focus of saturation coverage”:

Posted in Announcements

Expanding state coverage through ‘Shared News Desk’

, by Erin Madigan White

Reinforcing AP’s long-standing commitment to state news coverage, we’ve hired more than a dozen journalists over the past year to leverage the power of AP’s cooperative and expand our state reports.

Posted in Behind the News

AP investigative reporter offers tips for seeking public records

, by Erin Madigan White

The Associated Press is committed to fighting for access to information the public has a right to know. AP journalists across the country routinely file Freedom of Information Act requests to uncover critical information that the government would have preferred to keep secret. Washington investigative reporter Jack Gillum recently broke the story that Hillary Clinton used a private email server at her home, and he mined information on Instagram to track Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock’s spending. Gillum frequently draws from records requests to report exclusives. Here, he explains why they should be part of every journalist’s toolkit:

Posted in Behind the News

A search of records reveals questionable ties of police chiefs

, by Erin Madigan White

In this memo to staff, Managing Editor for U.S. News Brian Carovillano explains how a statehouse reporter’s aggressive pursuit of public documents uncovered a story that had immediate impact in cities across the country:

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