Associated Press

Associated Press
TypeNon-profit cooperative
IndustryNews media
FoundedMay 22, 1846 (1846-05-22)[1]
Headquarters
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
ProductsWire service
RevenueDecrease US$510.135 million (2017)[2]
Decrease $1.593 million (2017)[2]
Number of employees
3,300
Website

The Associated Press (AP) is an American non-profit news agency headquartered in New York City. Founded in 1846, it operates as a cooperative, unincorporated association. Its members are U.S. newspapers and broadcasters. AP news reports that it distributes to its members and customers are produced in English, Spanish, and Arabic. The AP has earned 54 Pulitzer Prizes, including 32 for photography, since the award was established in 1917.

The AP has been tracking vote counts in U.S. elections since 1848, including national, state and local races down to the legislative level in all 50 states, along with key ballot measures. The AP collects and verifies returns in every county, parish, city and town across the U.S., and declares winners in over 5,000 contests.

By 2016, news collected by the AP was published and republished by more than 1,300 newspapers and broadcasters.[3] The AP operates 248 news bureaus in 99 countries.[4] It also operates the AP Radio Network, which provides newscasts twice hourly for broadcast and satellite radio and television stations. Many newspapers and broadcasters outside the United States are AP subscribers, paying a fee to use AP material without being contributing members of the cooperative. As part of their cooperative agreement with the AP, most member news organizations grant automatic permission for the AP to distribute their local news reports. The AP traditionally employed the "inverted pyramid" formula for writing, a method that enables news outlets to edit a story to fit its available publication area without losing the story's essentials, although in 2007, then-AP President Tom Curley called the practice "dead".[5]

  1. ^ "Documents Shed New Light on Birth of AP; Wire Older Than Originally Thought". Editor & Publisher. 31 January 2006. Archived from the original on 28 July 2018. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Consolidated Financial Statements" (PDF). The Associated Press. April 2015. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2021-06-03. Retrieved 2016-06-02.
  3. ^ "2016 Consolidated Financial Statements" (PDF). Associated Press. April 5, 2017. Archived (PDF) from the original on March 4, 2018. Retrieved March 4, 2018.
  4. ^ Cite error: The named reference bythenumbers2019 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  5. ^ "Associated Press CEO: "The Inverted Pyramid Is Dead"". Adweek. November 2, 2007.