Starting with this edition, we’re returning to The Associated Press as our primary wire service after a four-year hiatus from the non-profit news agency.
It’s big news for us, months in the making, and we’re delighted to share it with you.
The Associated Press is one of the top news agencies in the world, with approximately 250 bureaus in about 100 countries. If there’s important news somewhere in the United States or around the globe, the AP is on it.
Our return to the venerable news agency as our main wire service means that we’ll simultaneously begin to phase out the wire services that we’ve used since 2016 — most notably The New York Times and Washington Post news services. We’re fortunate to go back to the AP’s unparalleled report, and we are grateful for the outstanding journalism we’ve relied on from both the Times and Post.
The timing of our shift back to The Associated Press is especially fortuitous given the upcoming national election on Tuesday. The AP is known for its stalwart coverage of national politics, especially presidential races. On presidential election nights, the AP is the news source that all others watch for a declaration of a winner, if one emerges that night.
This coming Tuesday night, our editors in the Gazette newsroom will closely monitor the AP wire for updates on the race between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden as well as both houses of Congress and hundreds of state-level races across the country. The AP’s Decision Desk will be the nerve center of the agency’s nationwide coverage.
Out in the field, from before dawn and continuing until the count is complete, thousands of people will be working full time on AP’s behalf to report on the election. Reporters will be out with candidates and interviewing voters at polling places nationwide. Vote-count stringers and vote-entry clerks will count the vote, while AP staffers in the states call the races as part of an extensive plan designed to report election results accurately.
In addition to the outstanding political and news content, we’ll have access to the AP’s sports, financial, travel and feature stories, as well as new opinion writers and a wealth of photos, graphics and videos. The shift will probably be most noticeable with AP’s sports coverage, where the agency stands alone in its blanketed coverage of college and professional sports. In the past four years, we’ve sometimes struggled to provide some of the sports content our readers most desire, including coverage of New York’s professional and college sports teams.
It’s good to be back with The Associated Press. Before our departure in 2016, The Daily Gazette had been an AP member for more than 100 years of the newspaper’s 126-year existence. We believe in the AP’s cooperative mission, in which member newspapers such as the Gazette share content with other members, and we’ll be proud to share our superb local content with fellow AP members worldwide.
Miles Reed is editor of The Daily Gazette. Email him at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter: @ReedGazette.