AP to newspapers: We get the message

When we asked editors and professors last month why newspapers – and now, entire newspaper chains – were dropping the Associated Press...

When we asked editors and professors last month why newspapers – and now, entire newspaper chains – were dropping the Associated Press (AP), the answer was simple: money.

AP may be listening. The cooperative announced October 23 that it will aim to reduce US newspaper fees by an estimated $9 million next year. The organization will also undergo a review of its pricing and governance structure, reexamine policies, including the two-year notification period for leaving the service, and consider creating distinct classes of membership.

“We fully understand the pain and the challenges of our members, and we have worked to address these concerns,” AP president and CEO Tom Curley said in a statement. “For two years, we held rates flat, with no increases.”

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