What is The Associated Press?

The Associated Press is the most trusted source of independent news and information in the world. Founded in 1846, the AP is a not-for-profit cooperative of news organizations, and it is solely focused on finding, reporting and distributing news. The AP is independent and objective and has a deep and active commitment to freedom of the press. It is headquartered in New York and operates in more than 280 locations worldwide, including every statehouse in the U.S. Two-thirds of its staffers are journalists.

Who owns The Associated Press?

The AP is a not-for-profit cooperative owned by the 1,400 U.S. daily newspapers that are AP members. These members elect a board of directors that directs the cooperative.

Who are AP's members?

AP's members are U.S. newspapers and broadcasters. There are currently around 1,400 U.S. daily newspaper members and thousands of television and radio broadcast members.

Who hears or reads news from The Associated Press?

AP news content is seen by half the world's population on any given day. AP covers news on global, national and local levels, and then makes this content available to its members and customers for publication, broadcast and distribution.

AP content is also available on AP Mobile, the company's award-winning news app that has been downloaded millions of times since its launch in 2008.

Of course, AP stories have different levels of prominence and interest, depending on their subject matter, and will therefore have widely different readerships.

An AP story that runs on a U.S. state wire will only be available to newspaper and broadcast members in that state, giving AP members exclusivity on stories of importance to their customers.

An AP story that moves on the national wire will be available to all 1,400 of AP's U.S. daily newspaper members, while a story that appears on the international wire reaches international subscribers.

What are AP's news values and principles?

The AP is deeply committed to fair, objective and independent journalism and has clearly stated its code in The AP News Values and Principles.

Where can I find AP stories and other content?

AP content is published in newspapers and websites and broadcast on thousands of television and radio outlets around the world. AP content can also be found on AP Mobile, the award-winning news app that includes content from AP members, as well as AP's own journalists.

AP stories can also be found at libraries through Lexis/Nexis, which collects and makes available news from authoritative sources.

Copies of AP photos can be obtained through AP Images by emailing or calling +1-212-621-1930.

To purchase an AP photo print, visit or

Is AP content available to companies other than news organizations?

Over the past decade, AP has also sold a selection of its text, photo, audio and video reports to corporations, private companies, government agencies and other organizations that place a premium on having accurate, reliable information delivered to them quickly and directly. Many of these customers use AP content solely as a source of information, while others redistribute AP content under strict agreements.

AP imagery and video are purchased by book publishers, documentary producers and others, while some of AP's photographers can be hired for events, press releases, product launches and other occasions.

How do I send a correction or letter to the editor?

AP welcomes feedback and comments from readers. Send an email to, and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor.

Where can I send a press release?

Send the press release in the body of an email (no attachments) to If you have a story of local significance, send your idea to the appropriate regional desks listed on the Contact Us page. The regional desk will send it to the appropriate local bureau.

How do I contact a reporter or editor?

Many of AP's reporters and editors are now on Twitter, which can be the best way to reach a journalist directly; check the lists at You can also send an email to with the name of the journalist in the subject line, and it will be forwarded along.

How do I get permission to reprint an Associated Press story or photo?

All requests for republication of AP material must be in writing, clearly stating the purpose and manner in which the copy will be used. All republished material must carry AP credit, and there may be a fee for reprint use. Unless specifically noted otherwise, all permission is given for one-time use only. No political candidate, political party, political action committee, polemical organization or any group formed for partisan purpose may use AP copy in any publication.

For permission to reprint an AP story or to use AP material in online/electronic form, contact AP Digital.

To reprint AP photos or graphics for commercial or editorial use, email AP Images at or fax +1-212-621-1955.

Or, for any of the above, write to: Copyright, The Associated Press, 450 W. 33rd St., New York, NY 10001.

To purchase an AP photo print for personal use, visit or

How can I become a member of The Associated Press and receive AP services?

If you are a newspaper, radio or television station, you can become a member of the AP cooperative.

To learn more, contact AP's Newspapers Services at +1-212-621-1700 or AP Broadcast at +1-202-641-9642.

If you are not a member of AP but want to receive AP news for your website, wireless service, company intranet, desktop or other interactive application, contact AP Digital.

How can I apply for a job at The Associated Press?

Learn more about AP's current job opportunities and its employment policies at

Applicants for full-time, regular news jobs should have a minimum 18 months of full-time news experience at a daily newspaper or broadcast station. Photographers should have 18 months to five years of experience on a daily newspaper.

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