Topic: “Syria”

Posted in Behind the News

After Syria attack, reporter shares father’s heartbreaking farewell

, by Lauren Easton

A staff memo by Jerry Schwartz, deputy director of top stories and enterprise, describes how Beirut reporter Sarah El Deeb came to interview a father who lost his two children, his wife and other relatives in a chemical attack in Syria, and persisted in finding ways to bring the family’s story to the world in all formats:

Posted in Industry Insights

AP at the Arab Media Summit

, by Tom Kent

Several AP people took part in last week’s Arab Media Summit in Dubai, a large annual gathering of journalists and news executives from across the Arab world. This year there was substantial interest in user-generated content — how we verify the accuracy of photos and video we find on social networks.

Posted in Behind the News

Vetting and coping with violent imagery

, by Erin Madigan White

From his base in London, International Social Media Editor Fergus Bell leads The Associated Press’ efforts to source and verify user-generated content so that the AP can publish that content across formats.

Posted in Announcements

TIME names Muhammed Muheisen best wire photographer of 2013

, by Paul Colford

The Associated Press today is publishing an article about serious blunders at the Central Intelligence Agency and an effort to cover them up. At the heart of the story is a retired FBI agent, Robert Levinson, who was recruited as a spy by a rogue group of analysts inside the CIA. Without any authority to do so, the analysts sent Levinson into Iran, where he disappeared in 2007.

Posted in Behind the News

Meeting with Putin: the AP interview

, by Paul Colford

Vladimir Putin 「was in a talkative mood,」 said AP Senior Managing Editor for International News John Daniszewski, who interviewed the Russian president Tuesday evening at the leader’s country home outside Moscow. 「The interview stretched longer than promised. He was congenial and ready to address tough questions, including follow-ups.」

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