The Associated Press is launching a pilot project aimed at increasing local news coverage and improving the way member news organizations collaborate with one another, according to the AP.
With support from the Google News Initiative, AP is building an online tool that enables members to share their coverage plans to more efficiently cover local news, the AP says.
It will also allow participating news organizations to share their journalism, increasing the amount of local news stories in their communities.
“AP is committed to helping our members deliver great local journalism in every way that we can,” said AP Deputy Managing Editor for U.S. News Noreen Gillespie. “This kind of collaboration is core to the AP — it’s why we were founded more than 170 years ago. Empowering our members to share coverage plans allows them to be more efficient in covering local news stories at a critical time when newsrooms have to make smart decisions about where to put their resources.”
"A key tenet of the Google News Initiative is to work together with publishers like the AP to foster a healthy and diverse news ecosystem," said Google Director of U.S. News and Publishing Partnerships Nathalie Sajous.
The pilot project, called the Local News Sharing Network, will take place in New York state over the next year. News sharing is expected to begin in early 2020.
Nearly two dozen members plan to participate, including The Daily Freeman, The Observer Dispatch, The Times Union, WFUV, WRNN and the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, according to AP.