AP inreasing use of “The Latest” blog-style reports

The fiscal crisis in Greece and plans by the U.S. and Cuba to open embassies in each other’s capthe_latest_rdax_146x141ital are but two of the developing stories in recent weeks that AP journalists have covered in a live blog-style type of presentation. Other examples include The Latest on the Supreme Court gay marriage ruling, news related to the church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, and coverage of the train derailment in Tennessee.

The filing system, called The Latest, presents short blocks of text on a running story in a broadcast-friendly fashion that works for both online and on-air use.

When used, The Latest replaces AP’s current breaking news filing protocol for text – in which a story is first reported as a so-called NewsNow of 130 words or less containing key developments, and then written-through again to restore all the details and background.

With The Latest, AP journalists file updates so that The Latest becomes a running file of all the updates. Readers can see how a story evolved. “The Latest allows us to imbue developing stories with a you-are-there quality, which makes them feel all the more fresh and current,” said Kristin Gazlay, director of Top Stories. “We’re also expanding the pilot to more stories, including ones that have fewer developments but still can benefit from this treatment.”

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