Numbers Before News

February 17, 2010 • Media and Politics, Newsroom Management • by

Associated Press agrees to high quota for daily news stories.

A deal with Yahoo Finance requires the wire service to produce 500 news stories daily, a figure weighing heavily on reporters, inspiring anxiety and encouraging the production of shoddy faux-news. An AP staff reduction of 10 percent saw the quota hold strong without comparable curtailment. With reporters monitored intensely, forced to churn out quantity before quality, an ambitious newsroom atmosphere quickly dissipates to tension and paranoia.

Read more at Gawker.

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