Peter VanRysdam / Digital Marketing / November 2nd, 2007

Associated Press, I Salute You!

A few weeks back, I wrote a post entitled “Internet Killed the Newspaper Star.”  I really do love that title.  But even better than the title is it turns out I was right.  At least according to the head of the Associated Press.  He called out news executives at a speech yesterday to get with the “times” (I’m sure I could’ve made that pun work better, but its Friday…what do you want with me?).

A quote from the article written by the AP (about the AP…):

[AP CEO Tom] Curley said in a speech that news organizations should quit thinking like gatekeepers of information and reach out to people who are accustomed to receiving news in real time online and customizing the ways they see and read it.

At the same time, Curley said news organizations were partly to blame for the troubles they are experiencing in adapting to the new realities of the news business being wrought by the explosion of Internet use.

“The first thing that has to go is the attitude,” Curley said. “Our institutional arrogance has done more to harm us than any portal.”

Hat’s off to you, Tom, for recognizing there’s something better out there.  Rather than trying to force feed us the old way, embrace the future and find a way to profit from it.  It’s your turn now, oil companies!