By: Wayne Robins
YourAP Delivers Text, Photos, Graphics
SAN ANTONIO – The Associated Press has created a package to deliver text, photos, and graphics in one application to its member newspapers via the Internet.
YourAP was one of the new services the cooperative displayed at the Associated Press Managing Editors (APME) conference here last week. “It’s one-stop shopping for the services a member receives,” said Dan Day, AP general executive of newspaper membership.
“Before YourAP, no one editor could see everything on the three streams of ‘wire’ coming in to a paper simultaneously,” Day said. The three sections of the service’s home page carry searchable text, photos, and graphics that can be customized to suit the needs of each paper.
YourAP is not meant to replace the “front-end” system of AP delivery. “We still need to bring feature packages into it,” Day said. “And we’re gearing up to use it for election results to take some of the strain off the front-end system.”
Day said about 900 newspapers have activated YourAP, which is part of the basic service. “We’re in the process of getting feedback on how people use it and the enhancements they’d like,” Day said.
AP will also introduce a new service called MapShop around election time. A collaboration between AP and the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), the system will provide online map creation, including topographical, thematic, and political maps. “A thematic map might show earthquake fault lines, population density maps, and other related visual details,” said Jodie Factor, AP’s director of graphic systems and administration.
On a related topic, Factor said that AP graphics will be upgraded from Macromedia’s FreeHand version 7 to version 9 Jan 1. An upgrade via AP will cost $119.
Wayne Robins (email@example.com) is an associate editor covering new media for E&P.
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