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Breaking News: How the Associated Press Has Covered War, Peace, and Everything Else 1st Edition

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In 1865, having learned from a 200-word story that ended in news of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, the Associated Press developed the inverted pyramid, putting the most important news first. From the use of carrier pigeons, Western Union, and typewriters to conventions of newswriting, the AP since 1846 has set the standard in news gathering. The wire service has been the first onto news scenes and the last to leave, from a reporter on Custer's "last stand" against the Sioux, to the bureau chief who called in a report of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, to the bureau chief who hosted three North Vietnamese soldiers before reporting the fall of Saigon in the Vietnam War. AP reporters recount coverage of wars, assassinations, the civil rights movement, hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, and stock-market crashes in this stunning perspective on history and news gathering of the last 160 years. Vanessa Bush
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It's an edge-of-the-seat account about those AP reporters who often risked their very lives to gather and report the news, revealing their insights and personal perspectives, along with on-the-spot photographs that provide a breathtaking front-row seat as history was being made. -- Clear Ridge Reporter, September 12, 2007

These days, in an era of media consolidation, when prominent newspapers like The Boston Globe are closing foreign bureaus and bloggers are proclaiming the demise of an out-of-touch mainstream media, it's refreshing to remember how significant moments in history were skillfully reported on, and quickly disseminated to the world. It's appropriate that the cover of Breaking News features a reporter racing to file the verdict from the Nuremberg trials, because the entire book sheds light on another well-worn journalism credo that's been an Associated Press staple these past 150 years: Get it first, and get it right. -- New York Observer, June 12, 2007

This fascinating collection of history-making photographs and behind-the-scenes text recount some of the greatest stories covered by the wire service during its 160-year history. Categories include war, sports, elections, civil rights and natural disasters. -- Sacramento Bee, June 3, 2007
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Archit.Press; 1 edition (June 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568986890
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568986890
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1.6 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Breaking News: How the Associated Press Has Covered War, Peace, and Everything Else," by Reporters of the Associated Press, Princeton Architectural Press, New York, 2007. This is a very nicely done coffee table book telling mostly how news has been reported by the Associated Press over its history since about 1850. The book includes many first rate, quality photographs, often famous ones related to major stories. It also includes photo reproductions of telegrams and teletypes reporting famous news stories such as Lincoln's assassination, and even 9/11.

A section includes a glossary of wire service terms. We learn that AP's main national newswire is known as the A-wire, which is controlled from New York City. There is also an F-wire, which carries financial news, presumably in competition with the Dow Jones Broad Ticker and the Bloomberg News Service. There is also a Sports Wire, which carries sports news, and one suspects there are numerous regional wires, and probably international wires covering the news at various levels. We learn that for many years Reuters stories have been distributed in the US by the AP and Associated Press stories have been distributed in Europe by Reuters. The famous lead or "lede" is the first paragraph of the story intended to grab the reader's attention. A newsflash is a news alert of immediate importance. Though rarely sent by AP two were sent within two hours on 9/11. Five bells is the signal from the teletype alerting of incoming news usually a flash or bulletin. A bulletin is a major breaking news story; an urgent heading indicates an important story not quite of bulletin caliber.

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This book is an important reminder of the tireless and many times anonymous job AP reporters do on a daily basis. The book is filled with rich details about the wire service. It's really a history of American journalism.
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Very interesting, especially for those journalism junkies. However, it reads more like a text book than a casual read or coffee-table book. Photos are fabulous, though.
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