Jacobs, former AP biz reporter, dies at 37

Stevenson Jacobs, a former Associated Press business reporter, died Monday from a heart attack. He was 37. An AP story states, “Jacobs, who was a partner and head of business development at the investment fund ShearLink Capital, died from an apparent heart attack Monday at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, according to his wife, […]

Why the AP uses software to write earnings stories

Abigail Edge of Journalism.co.uk writes about how the Associated Press is using software to write company earnings stories. Edge writes, “However, since the outlet began using automation to produce earnings reports, the volume of stories has leaped to 3,700 per quarter, according to Lou Ferrara, vice president and managing editor at AP. “Speaking at the […]

AP Business launches Twitter feed

The Associated Press business news desk has launched a Twitter feed at @APBusiness. “@APBusiness will be dedicated to sharing some of AP’s published stories on business and the economy and engaging with news makers and readers interested in these topics,” said AP deputy business editor Brad Foss. “We view @APBusiness, and social media in general, […]

Bloomberg’s Bykowicz hired by AP

Julie Bykowicz, a political reporter for Bloomberg in its Washington bureau, has been hired by the Associated Press to cover money and politics. Bykowicz has worked at Bloomberg since August 2011, covering the same beat. She followed the money in the 2012 presidential race, writing stories and blog entries detailing big donors, candidate finances, super-PACs, […]

AmericanLawyer.com executive editor Sarkar joins AP

Pia Sarkar, the executive editor for AmericanLawyer.com, has been hired to be deputy editor for the east for The Associated Press, charged with helping to oversee news coverage in 10 states. Sarkar is a longtime business journalist who has also worked for TheStreet, Crain’s and the business desk of the San Francisco Chronicle. An AP […]

Future of biz journalism hinges on speed and targeting

The future of business journalism while uncertain appears promising, according to a panel of industry editors, but that future hinges on speed, efficiency and strategic targeting. “As technology continues to change, you have to stay flexible,” said John McCorry, executive editor for the Americas for Bloomberg News. The Associated Press’ use of automative technology to […]

AP seeks technology editor in San Francisco

The Associated Press seeks a Technology Editor for its San Francisco operations. The Technology Editor will lead The AP’s global technology coverage covers in text, photos and video. This person will oversee reporters in the Bay Area, Los Angeles and New York City who cover tech giants and startups, consumer products and trends, privacy and […]

Texas paper to use AP content to replace WSJ Sunday

The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal is using the Associated Press content to replace The Wall Street Journal Sunday content. A story on its website states, “These three pages — loaded with information on how to manage your finances — replace the Wall Street Journal Sunday pages, which were discontinued by the Wall Street Journal. “The first two […]

Texas paper debuts AP Money & Markets pages

The Associated Press Money & Markets Extra debuted Sunday in the Amarillo Globe-News. Karen Smith Welch of the Globe-News writes, “The new content package from AP ‘is designed to help readers understand the story of money — what important financial market and economic developments mean for their wallets and tips for how to manage their […]

Company helping AP write automated earnings stories is acquired

Automated Insights, the Durham, N.C.-based company that has been helping the Associated Press use computers to write company earnings stories, announced Thursday that it has been acquired. Its new owner is Vista Equity Partners, which also owns sports data company STATS LLC.  Terms were not disclosed. Automated Insights raised $5.5 million in Series B funding […]