The Associated Press is an American news cooperative, owned by a number of newspapers, radio stations and television networks. These news producer contributed to the AP and use materials from it. As of 2005, the AP’s content could be found in over 1,700 newspapers. Most member newspapers give the AP rights to distribute their local news content to other members.
The Associated Press started as an agreement in 1846 between five New York City newspapers publishers. They agreed to share reports about the Mexican-American War. As the network grew, these newspapers and several others began to share telegraph wire reports as well.
Today, the AP operates bureaus in 120 counties and has a 4,100 employee staff that covers news both foreign and domestic. They have also diversified their offerings to include photojournalism, video and online content. Like many other news organizations they have not been immune to the downturn in the industry, they are facing layoffs and job cuts (up to 10% of their staff could be effected by the end of 2009), and as we will see next segment, they are working hard to restructure deals they have with major online content vendors as member newspapers threaten to leave.