"What we are paying for is not cost-effective," says Smith, who notes that he would save about $32,000 per year under new rates, but still sees the nearly-$400,000 annual cost as too high. "The money we save will help me preserve local staff jobs."
-Four More Newspapers Intend To Drop AP Over Rates
I'm not sure what my stance on the AP is right now:
|They're a massive, national news gathering organization that is able to put a lot of fee on the ground||They're really big and bureaucratic.|
|The service can now be more custom tailored to local newspapers||The AP charges a lot of money for a service that most papers use (at least partially) as a backup.|
|To assure the existence of professional journalism, the a large collective like the AP can ensure that they get paid.||[The copyright débâcle](http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/jun/16/digitalmedia.pressandpublishing).|
|The AP is an established brand that is proven to provide a useful service.||[The Ohio collective](http://www.onthemedia.org/transcripts/2008/04/25/04).|
I'm probably missing a few points, but those are what come to mind first.
…and, it looks like I don't really have a point to this post. Just a musing that the AP needs to tread carefully.