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  2. About Associated Press

    The Associated Press, or AP, is an American news agency, the world's largest such organization. The AP is a cooperative owned by its contributing newspapers, radio and television stations in the United States, who both contribute stories to it and use material written by its staffers. Many newspapers and broadcasters outside the United States are AP subscribers — that is, they pay a fee to use AP material but are not members of the cooperative.

    As of 2005, AP's news is used by 1,700 newspapers, in addition to 5,000 television and radio outlets. Its photo library consists of more than 10 million images. The AP has 243 bureaus and serves 121 countries, with a diverse international staff drawing from all over the world. The AP Stylebook has become the de facto standard for newswriting in the United States.

    The collapse of United Press International as a major competitor in 1993, AP's traditional rival, has left it as the only nationally oriented news service based in the United States. The other rival English-language news services, such as Reuters and the English language service of Agence France Presse, are based outside the United States.

    The AP has a straightforward, "just-the-facts" writing style, often using the inverted pyramid style of writing so that stories can be edited to fit available space in a newspaper without losing the essence of the story. The explosion of media and news outlets with the arrival of the Internet has made such concise writing less necessary, and raised the need for more feature-style writing.

    It has also posed a threat to AP's financial structure. On April 18, 2005, at its annual meeting, AP announced that as of 2006 it would, for the first time, begin charging separate fees for posting articles and pictures online. News outlets that buy AP's news, sports, business and entertainment coverage have previously been allowed to place the material online at no extra cost. The cooperative later backed down from the plan and, in a bid to reach more readers, launched asap, a service aimed at 18–34-year-olds.

    U.S. employees, except for a small group classified as "administrative," are represented by the News Media Guild and the Communication Workers of America."

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    3. Leading organizations such as the Associated Press, CNN, Factiva, eBay, Forbes.com, NYTimes Digital, Reed Business Information, Sony, washingtonpost.com, Wolters Kluwer, the World Bank and Yahoo! are using unstructured data in their analyses - of customers, market opportunities, internal operations, supply chains - and we enable fast, accurate access to the information they need for decision making.
      Yves Schabes in Sas® Content Categorization Illuminates Unstructured and ...