Associated Press Changing the News Through Photography
The Wirephoto Network
Imagine a time when it took days to send a news picture around the state, nation, or even the world, preventing the public from receiving news quickly. Believe it or not, this was not a time too very long ago. According to the Associated Press website, on January 1, 1935 the AP was the first in the world to establish the Wirephoto network that allowed news photographs to be shared the same day they were taken.
How AP Has Advanced Daily Newspapers
Photojournalism has changed the news because a reader can be engaged by its photo. Technology has changed the process and reproduction of photography. The invention of the Internet has changed the way that people can view photographs, and the Associated Press (AP) has made it possible for people to get world news from the Internet, newspaper, television, or radio.
Abby Tabor, photojournalist for the Daily Comet, said that the AP “has opened up the world to the world.” He described the AP as being indispensable and is needed to produce good newspapers with information about the state, nation, or the world. Tabor explained that papers like the Daily Comet and papers around the world cannot send staff to cover everything and relies on the AP to get those images. “With events going on such as the Iraq war, or conflict around the world, newspapers that are a part of the AP are able to get photos as they are happening,” Tabor said.
Although Tabor is now a member of the AP through the Daily Comet, he did assignments for the AP when he was a freelance photographer. He said that he learned tips from AP photographers from around the world who had shot pictures of presidents and kings. This was very helpful to his career because he studied art photography, and the AP photographers gave him tips on how to take news photographs.
Not all photojournalists start their career out with the AP. Chris Heller, photojournalist for the Houma Courier, said that individual newspapers are members of the AP and by working for the paper, individuals are included in the membership.
Heller has not worked for the Houma Courier for very long, but he says it has yet to be seen how the AP has helped him in his career. Recently, he was contracted by AP to take still photography on a local girl in a movie that has gotten award nominations as well as Oscar buzz. The photographs that Heller took for the assignment were featured in the Washington Post and Ebony Magazine. Photographs not only advance news through AP but advance the careers of the photojournalists as well.