CNN Drops AP

CNN Worldwide President Jim Walton notified staff of the move Monday, writing that “the content we offer will be distinctive, compelling and, I am proud to say, our own.”

I find it fascinating that in an era of shuttered bureau offices and laid-off journalists … that a major media company would chose to abandon AP which, at least in name, is a cooperatively-owned business.

Also, CNN is launching CNN Share, Walton wrote, as a way to “aggregate editorial content and facilitate easy distribution and sharing across platforms.”

Maybe the era of jointly-owned reporting assets is past. It seems to me as though shared reporting makes more sense in today’s fractured news environment, not less sense.

By Kathy E. Gill

Digital evangelist, speaker, writer, educator. Transplanted Southerner; teach newbies to ride motorcycles! @kegill

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