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.
As votes in the U.S. midterm elections roll in across the country on Nov. 4, it’s The Associated Press that will be counting the results through the evening. The news industry and the public turn to AP, a not-for-profit cooperative, to provide fast and reliable results on national, state and local races and key ballot measures.
The following note to staff from Senior Managing Editor Michael Oreskes explains how AP sought and verified compelling visuals in the immediate aftermath of Sunday morning’s deadly train crash in New York: