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Wire Watch 2006. Prepared by the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors for state AP members and staffers. Second year for shorter survey Better survey of state AP’s photo coverage On-cycle stories charted during survey period for first time. What’s New in 2006?.

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wire watch 2006

Wire Watch 2006

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

what s new in 2006
Second year for shorter survey

Better survey of state AP’s photo coverage

On-cycle stories charted during survey period for first time

What’s New in 2006?

Highlights of 2006 survey

  • Satisfaction ratings, member contributions and use
  • Chart value and use of AP’s special projects
  • Survey national AP areas for second year
of 44 newspapers responding
14 < 20,000

25 = 20 to 75,000

5 > 75,000

Nearly 2/3 of all newspapers responding were AM-cycle newspapers

Of 44 newspapers responding

Newspapers per circulation

  • 15 completed survey via mail
  • 29 completed survey via the Web
overall satisfaction with ap
Overall satisfaction with AP
  • Historic low / 1997 / 56%
  • Historic high / 2001 / 92%
  • This Year? Rated at 91%
  • This is 5% higher than last year.
increases in members satisfaction by category
Increases in members’ satisfaction by category
  • Pennsylvania legislation (Up 13%)
  • Pennsylvania courts (Up 13%)
  • Sports news (Up 6%)
  • Pennsylvania politics (Up 4%)
  • Spot/Breaking news (Up 4%)
  • Election night coverage (Up 3%)
  • Sports features (Up 1%)
decreases in members satisfaction by category
Decreases in members’ satisfaction by category
  • Coverage by neighbors (Down 37%)
  • State business coverage (Down 8%)
  • Enterprise reporting (Down 7%)
  • Sunday advances (Down 5%)
  • Request response (Down 4%)
photography good things
Photography / Good things
  • College sports (75% satisfaction)
  • Pro sports (86% satisfaction)
  • Request response (80% satisfaction)

Photography / What can we do?

  • Photo/story coordination (52%)
  • Spot news photos (50%)
  • Multi-photo features (34%)
  • Spot news by members (32%)
  • High school sports (20%)
  • Photos of my region (12%)
national ap overall satisfaction
National AP / Overall satisfaction
  • Sports (93%)
  • Election night (86%)
  • Enterprise/Advance (85%)
  • Health (84%)
  • War on Terror (79%)
  • Stories for ages 18-35 (37%)
ap projects most important
AP Projects / Most important
  • Accessing public records (97%)
  • FOI project (97%)
  • Act 72/Opting In or Out (95%)
  • Voices of the Wounded (78%)
  • Inside PA County Jails (71%)
  • Colleges at crossroads (71%)
  • Trouble underground (69%)
  • The Susquehanna River (68%)
  • Pennsylvania Outdoors (66%)
ap projects what we used most
AP Projects / What we used most
  • Smaller newspapers used Act 72, Accessing public records and the FOI project in full most often
  • Medium newspapers used the FOI project and Accessing public records in full most often
  • Large newspapers used Inside PA County Jails in full most often
member contributions
Member contributions
  • Members provided fewer stories, but more photographs than last year
  • The turn-around percentage for stories moved to the wire for use declined by 8%
  • Seven newspapers provided 10 stories on-cycle during the survey period
ideas from the survey
Ideas from the survey
  • Getting all newspapers to contribute to the AP report
  • Coverage of state legislature actions (re: pay raise; tax reform)
  • Coverage of rollout of gambling across the state
  • Can it be addressed? Photo/story coordination; member contributions.
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 up on your neighbors’ contributions of photos, stories.
  • Talk with Sally and others at AP about any concerns you have.
next year s survey
Next year’s survey
  • Chart stories and photographs taken by AP directly from member Web sites
  • Continue to watch on-cycle submissions
  • Host survey on PAPME’s web site
  • Other suggestions?
thank you
Thank you
  • Members of the PAPME Wire Watch committee – Dave Troisi, Bob Heisse and Harry Dietz – for editing the work.
  • Ray Shaw and the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal for printing the report.
  • Sally Hale and the staff at state AP for compiling statistics and providing feedback.
  • Samantha Dellinger and Chris Glass at the York Daily Record/Sunday News for designing the report.
to get another copy
To get another copy
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