May 11, 2018

How AAP is filling the gaps in shrinking newsrooms

AAP Editor-in-chief Tony Gillies talks to Crikey about the company's rapidly increasing presence.

Emily Watkins — Media reporter

Emily Watkins

Media reporter

About 18 months ago, newswire service Australian Associated Press (AAP) stepped up its court coverage to fill a hole that its clients -- Australia's biggest news outlets -- just can't fill like they used to. As we hear time and time and time again, resources are stretched, journalists are being laid off, and specialist reporters are becoming fewer.

And while all that's going on, AAP -- which is owned by Fairfax, News Corp and Seven West Media -- is also changing its offerings to plug the gaps in coverage. Court reporting is one of the most resource-intensive rounds: reporters can sit in a court room for a day and might not even be able to file a story on it. And AAP editor-in-chief Tony Gillies would like to think that the decision to treble his newswire's court story output to up to 70 stories a day has made life a bit easier for newspaper editors.

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One thought on “How AAP is filling the gaps in shrinking newsrooms

  1. AR

    Hmm, the dangers of cut’n’paste from Wiki – “AAP was set up in 1935 by News Corp, Fairfax and Seven West“…. who knew that NewsCorpse & SevenWest had time machines?
    Perhaps Keith will use it to take over once again when Rupert shuffles off this mortal coil.

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