Video graphics are a new genre of visual journalism for The Associated Press and are available on our iPhone and Palm Pre mobile applications.
The short videos aim to give depth, background or context to a story making headlines. Others may take a quirky or offbeat approach. Through the combined use of graphics, illustration, animation, photos and video, AP’s interactive producers aim to say a lot with very little time. That’s what makes these projects so unique!
For example, when cyber attacks caused outages on prominent government-run sites in both the U.S. and South Korea, our team used animated graphics to explain visually how this type of attack works.
Or perhaps you’re more interested in learning about a selection of the new words added to Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. If you check out our video graphic, you’ll get the exact pronunciation along with an animated rendition of the definition. No dictionary can do that!
These projects are produced twice weekly. Whatever the topic, we seek to inform, entertain and create a memorable experience. We hope you’ll be inspired to share them by text or e-mail your friends. Let us know what you think – e-mail us at email@example.com.
–Arian Smedley, mobile editor
The South by Southwest Interactive Festival picked AP as a finalist for its mobile category. The conference is considered a hub for cutting edge work and has been a powerful platform for introducing Twitter and media technologies to the world. Our team is honored to be nominated! The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony Sunday, March 15. Stay tuned …
Check out the complete list of finalists: http://sxsw.com/interactive/web_awards/finalists
You can vote for the AP team in The People’s Choice Award, once per day until March 6.
So please help us get out the vote! http://sxsw.com/peoples-choice
– Caroline Kim, Mobile Editor
The economic crisis was one of the top stories of 2008, and continues to make headlines in 2009. MNN users can stay up-to-date on the latest news from the street with a new business subcategory called “Markets,” which adds even more specialized financial news from AP.
1. Ahead of the Bell stories offer an outlook for the day’s stock movements. Published between 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. EST, they feature economic indicators, analyst research and company news that could affect stocks, sectors or the entire market.
2. Sector Snaps, published between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. EST, provide market updates and spotlight newsmakers in various industries, including banking, airlines, retail, construction and more.
3. The Markets section also features Wall Street and overseas markets reports that are updated frequently throughout the day.
If you’d like to see other subjects included in MNN, send feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
-Caroline Kim, Mobile Editor
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Sept. 15, 2008 in New York. A stunning reshaping of the Wall Street landscape sent stocks down sharply that day with the demise of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and Bank of America Corp.’s acquisition of Merrill Lynch & Co. (AP Photo/Jin Lee)
One of the new features in the Mobile News Network is the Ask AP content tab. Ask AP is a weekly question-and-answer column where the Associated Press answers readers’ questions about the news.
Each week, editors select three or four e-mailed questions, and journalists who are experts on the topic provide the answers. In addition to MNN, the Q & A appears online and in newspapers.
Readers can submit questions to email@example.com. Since the feature launched in early 2008, the AP has received nearly a thousand questions. They have ranged from “Where do reporters go to stay safe during a hurricane?” to “What ever happened to Tiny Tim?” (You’ll have to read the column to find out).
When choosing to answer a question, editors consider whether the question would be of interest to the general public, its relevance to recent news developments, or if it would elicit an answer that offers interesting historical perspective on the news.
Please note, all submissions are read by AP editors, but we don’t answer questions we’ve answered before or use the column to respond to reader opinions.
Submit your own questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and check out the latest installment: http://tinyurl.com/64j53a!
– Caroline Kim, Mobile Editor