The Associated Press is an American independent news organization based in New York City. It is owned by the members of the Associated Press Society. It is funded by membership fees and commercial advertising. It is governed by a board of directors elected each year. AP news releases, distributed among its members and clients, are generally produced in English, Spanish and Arabic
One of the APs many functions is to carry out watchdog reporting, particularly during major events such as political conventions. Other news organizations also conduct watchdog reporting during major events. The AP routinely provides breaking news online at their website as well as at news organizations that belong to the AP Membership. This allows the general public and other readers who may not be familiar with the wire service to easily get the information they need.
Other examples of AP News services are its live streaming of the State of the Nation address, the first daily federal budget news release and the first news on the final day of the Democratic National Convention. Other news agencies and television networks also produce and publish similar content. With millions of viewers watching at least one network every day, breaking news is something that the AP News Service has perfected. Its reporters and videographers are also some of the best in the business, which gives them access to the most unique and important stories throughout the day.
The AP regularly produces two television news broadcasts that reach millions of viewers each morning and evening. APnuggets are short segments that air during the AP Newsroom website and syndicated throughout the internet. The Today Show, also on the APnuggets channel, is a daily funny news show that is watched in the UK and around the world. Both broadcast daily and continue after the original broadcast time, making it important for all news agencies and broadcasters to have an archive of the program to run ahead of time when needed.
The many advantages of the AP News Service are easy to see. It reaches a worldwide audience through radio and television broadcasts. It provides information about breaking news before it is widely distributed, so it can be used as a first source of information for news organizations. It provides breaking news reports on a regional, national, and global level, ensuring that all news organizations have the information needed to produce their daily news updates.
Some news agencies and publications continue to compete with the AP News Service for the rights to carry the AP content. For this reason there are now only a handful of major newspapers that still provide AP news gathering. In fact, there are only six major U.S newspapers that still publish the AP News Service as their major news source. The remaining newspapers have signed agreements with the AP News Service, under which they agree to have a specified amount of new material posted to their websites or in some cases to have portions of their existing material made available through the AP News Service. In return for this privilege, the AP News Service has agreed not to publish material that is considered inappropriate to their readers.