Associated Press Considers Selling News Ala Carte

From a story about AP by AP:

As newspapers focus increasingly on locally relevant news, Curley said the AP is proposing changes that would allow members to subscribe to a core package of breaking news and then add other news packages. Currently, it offers broader packages of news defined mainly by the volume of news delivered -- small, medium or large.

So a near monopoly is breaking up how it sells content to other news agencies? I think that more than anything else shows the effect search and the internet are having on news agencies.
The media is addicted to search, and Google is keeping them addicted by giving them a bit more traffic. The NYT is already republishing old stories to spam Google. Eventually I wouldn't be surprised to see the AP sell chunks of stories that local papers can chose to wrap their own content around, to get past duplicate content filters.

Microsoft just launched AdWriter (a free tool to write ad copy), and Thomson Financial already admits to using robots to automatically write some of their stories:

Thomson Financial has been using automatic computer programs to generate news stories for almost six months. The machines can spit out wire-ready copy based on financial reports a mere 0.3 seconds after receiving the data.

This movement toward efficiency and recycling is the exact opposite of what the papers need to do if they want to stay relevant, but the machines are already in motion, doing everything from writing the news to trading stocks:

Quants seek to strip human emotions such as fear and greed out of investing. Today, their brand of computer-guided trading has reached levels undreamed of a decade ago. A third of all U.S. stock trades in 2006 were driven by automatic programs, or algorithms, according to Boston-based consulting firm Aite Group LLC. By 2010, that figure will reach 50 percent, according to Aite.

As established trusted authorities and rich power sources move toward automation and efficiency who could beat them? Probably Google, but then whats left to trust but robots?

Published: May 8, 2007 by Aaron Wall in publishing & media


May 8, 2007 - 6:06pm

Hey Aaron,

You bring up a very interesting point. The days of everyone buying the morning paper are long gone. Online media (internet, Cell phones...)has made it possible for people to get real time news where ever they want when they want it. Tough to beat that!

I think it was just a matter of time before traditional news papers had to find a way to get their paper out. I wouldn't be shocked if in 5 years news papers are a thing of the past.

When was the last time you saw a typewriter? : )

iSearch Media

May 8, 2007 - 6:14pm

"I wouldn't be shocked if in 5 years news papers are a thing of the past."

you mean printed newspapers, right? if a paper develops an online distribution mechanism they can survive as a news provider. its the paper that is dying.

May 8, 2007 - 9:41pm

"The NYT is already republishing old stories to spam Google."

...or are they "leveraging their content".

Considering the amount of garbage out there, media outlets are probably doing search a favor exposing content that in most instances is quite relevant.

-disclaimer- (I work for a magazine publisher)

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