Gannett And AP Tell SEC They Won't Sign Up For Restricted Reporting

from the pushback dept

Well, we’ve already joked about how the Associated Press seems to have a bit of a double standard in complaining about the Southeastern Conference’s (SEC) restrictions on journalistic activity during SEC sporting events, but it’s nice to see the Associated Press and the Gannett chain of newspapers both take a stand and tell the SEC that it simply won’t sign the agreement. It’s not entirely clear what happens next. The SEC is likely to change the policies and try to come to some sort of compromise, but I’d love to see news organizations get a backbone and tell such sports leagues that there’s no compromise and no deal to be had. They’re reporters and they’ll report as they see fit.

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Anonymous Coward says:

Well, then I suppose we need to add Gannett to the list.

Go ahead and keep the content behind a paywall. It goes against the democratic rule of the interwebs. I suppose this is fine, because people who don’t lock content up, will become the de facto record of source.

I wonder why it’s only US news outlets that are complaining. Wouldn’t it be a reasonable assertion that European counterparts would also be experiencing similar growing pains? Have newspapers outside the US experienced these issues?

Recently, the Nieman Lab of Journalism published an interesting perspective of the
world according to the AP. It’s an interesting read that attempts to tie the recent passing of Michael Jackson as a lost revenue opportunity. In the document, it’s described how 4.2M people a minute were searching for info on Jackson’s death and how the news accounted for 25% of all web traffic. Tragically, the article fails to report over what time frame. An hour? A day?

Between the lines, one can almost read the internal debate that ensued at AP. Perhaps the AP was disappointed at not being able to monetarily capitalize upon the news of the late star’s death. This is a poor decision indeed, but it seemed to have fueled some sort of internal discussion to implement DRM to reporting. The very containerized DRM which was and continues to be rejected on a wholesale level by music customers.

Probably the most interesting piece was AP’s vilification of Social web 2.0 platforms such as Twitter, and Wikipedia. But in doing so, they appear to have a fundamental misunderstanding of the technology and understanding of the interaction of people over these platforms. Without experiencing how a user can create/add/provide value, the platforms will inherently be seen as a threat.

DRM and paywalls will not do nothing to increase the debate, viewership or distribution. But instead, will serve to create a value-wedge for a new entrant to service ex-AP and ex-Gannett customers. These types of managerial decisions will have long term effects. One of the first DRM experiments claimed it’s largest victim to date a few months ago but only after $114M was invested into the DRM black hole. Arguably, it may have been responsible for the company’s demise. If they would have invested in innovating, chances are they would still be around.

DRMed News and paywalls may.. no.. will have a similar effect. Probably have DRM’ed music, and may very well have the same effect as Circuit City’s experiment called DIVX.

Is reporting dead? Perhaps in the traditional sense.

As for the AP3P strategy, well, it looks good on paper.

Anonymous Coward says:

So I hope you’ve budgeted a lot of money for this.

Let’s say you’ve budgeted $100M in gross revenue. Well, once you’ve lost $75M, I’d say stop and find some way to scower up $25M from your already bleeding balance sheet. You’ll need $25M to replace the customers you lost. It will be hard, uphill battle, but the alternative is to go for broke and call it a day.

Dark Helmet (profile) says:


“The LPGA tried to control what the press wrote/photographs taken at the tournaments. The reporters simply didn’t write anything, except that they weren’t going to report until the tour relaxed the restrictions. Eventually the restrictions were dropped.

It really set the tour back for a while.”

…Yeah, that and the fact that the LPGA by definition takes a sport that translates relatively poorly to television and includes ONLY players that largely are unable to perform the most exciting and televisable(word?) aspects of their sport.

But, yeah, it was the reporters…

Ronald J Riley (profile) says:

Business Dictating Editorial Content

“but I’d love to see news organizations get a backbone and tell such sports leagues that there’s no compromise and no deal to be had. They’re reporters and they’ll report as they see fit.”

That is the way it is supposed to work but industry financial problems has severely eroded the separation between the business sided and editorial. Business interests are getting away with dictating editorial content today and I don’t see this problem getting better anytime soon.

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