CNN Tests Life Without Associated Press

By Andrew Gauthier 

The Examiner

Sure, broadcast networks “break” news, but they often get a little help from their friends — or, reports from wire services that have reporters stationed on location as events happen.

But for the next week, CNN wants to prove its newsgathering grit by saying no to the Associated Press wire service and relying on its own wires to deliver breaking news.

“CNN has made a conscious effort in the last few years to reduce our reliance on outside wire services,” CNN representative Christa Robinson said. “Currently CNN.com does not use stories or images from the AP.”

As part of the test, the network will evaluate the need for an AP subscription, and will look to staff for feedback on how a lack of AP wires affects workflow. More…

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