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Wire Watch 2007. Prepared by the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors for state AP members and staffers. First survey of use of AP Extra packages Account for stories ‘pulled’ from member sites. Highlights of 2007 survey.

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Wire watch 2007

Wire Watch 2007

Prepared by the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors for state AP members and staffers


What s new in 2007

First survey of use of AP Extra packages

Account for stories ‘pulled’ from member sites

Highlights of 2007 survey

  • Satisfaction ratings, member contributions and use of member material on the AP wire

  • Chart value and use of AP’s special projects

What’s New in 2007?


Of 40 newspapers responding

14 < 20,000

19 = 20 to 75,000

7 > 75,000

Nearly 3/4 of all newspapers responding were AM-cycle newspapers

Of 40 newspapers responding

Newspapers per circulation

  • 19 completed survey via mail

  • 21 completed survey via the Web


Overall satisfaction with ap
Overall satisfaction with AP

  • Historic low / 1997 / 56%

  • Historic high / 2001 / 92%

  • Last year? Rated at 91%

  • This year? Rated at 72%


Increases in members satisfaction by category
Increases in members’ satisfaction by category

  • Election Night coverage Up 11% (Up 3%)

  • Coverage by neighbors Up 10%

  • Sports features Up 8% (Up 1%)

  • Sports news Up 3.5% (Up 6%)

  • Enterprise reporting Up 3%

    ( ) = Last year’s number; Second year on list


Decreases in members satisfaction by category
Decreases in members’ satisfaction by category

  • Sunday advances Down 21% (Down 5%)

  • PA courts Down 16%

  • PA legislation Down 7%

  • PA politics Down 6%

  • PA business Down 4.5% (Down 8%)

  • Spot/Breaking news Down 2.5%

  • Request response Down 1% (Down 4%)

    ( ) = Last year’s numbers; Second year on list


Use of ap extra packages
Use of AP Extra packages

  • State AP produces Keystone Extra, Business Extra and Sports Focus packages

  • Newspapers using all packages: 7

  • Using at least one package: 26

  • Using none of these packages: 5

  • Most newspapers use packages occasionally rather than weekly or once per month

  • Most popular? Keystone + Business

  • Least popular? Sports Focus


Photography satisfaction
Photography / Satisfaction

  • Professional sports 91%

  • Request response/Photos 76%

  • College sports 72%

  • Spot news photos 50%

  • Photo/story coordination 45%

  • Spot news by members 42%

  • Multi-photo features 22%

  • High school sports 22%

  • Photos of my region 21%


Ap projects most important
AP Projects / Most important

  • Road to slots 100%

  • Amish tragedy 100%

  • Election 2006 99.5%

  • Day of Reckoning (pension) 95%

  • Challenging incumbents 94%

  • Asians in PA 59%


Ap projects what we used most
AP Projects / What we used most

  • Newspapers of all sizes used the Day of Reckoning (state pensions) in full most often

  • Small and medium newspapers next used Challenging Incumbents in full most often

  • Newspapers of all sizes heavily used portions of Road to Slots, Election 2006 and Amish Tragedy


Member contributions
Member contributions

  • More member stories, photos used this year.

  • ‘Turn-around percentage’ for stories moved to the wire declined by 4%. About 28% of all contributed stories made it to the wire for use.

  • However, an additional 102 stories from 30 newspapers’ web sites were pulled for use during this period as well.

  • 386 photos used this year; Last year? 271.


National ap overall satisfaction
National AP / Overall satisfaction

  • Sports 95% (93%)

  • Election night 92% (86%)

  • War on Terror 79% (79%)

  • Health 77.5% (84%)

  • Enterprise/Adv 72% (85%)

  • Stories,ages 18-35 49% (37%)

    ( ) = Last year’s result


Recommended actions
Recommended actions

  • Give members a different “extra”

    • Stop Sports Focus and coordinate an additional "extra" for members' weekend use on our state/region pages or our 18-to-34-year-old targeted publications.

  • Clarify desired member stories for wire use

    • Improve our “turnaround rate” by working with members to adjust the type or timing of stories better suited for the wire. (i.e, Those stories AP staffers are now "pulling" should be the ones we're sending too.)

  • Give us more multiple photo packages

    • Consider packages that members might contribute to or expand with their own photography for weekend use.


Recommended actions1
Recommended actions

  • More enterprise during the first half of the year

    • Keep up the great enterprise work – particularly on state government (pay/taxes/casinos), but give members more before the end-of-the-year rush.

  • Coordinate graphics for member use

    • Start a member exchange of graphics for occasional big spot news stories or as part of the "AP Extra” packages.


How to use this report
How to use this report

  • Pass the Wire Watch report around among your staff.

  • Check your own contributions and their use (particularly on-cycle contributions).

  • Check on neighbors’ contributions of photos, stories.

  • Talk with AP about any concerns you have.

Next year’s survey

  • Host survey on PAPME’s web site

  • Encourage greater participation

  • Other suggestions?


Thank you
Thank you

  • Members of the PAPME Wire Watch

  • Harry Dietz + Jim McClure

  • Ray Shaw + Intelligencer Journal

  • Sally Hale + the staff at state AP

  • Samantha Dellinger + Chris Glass at YDR/YSN

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