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2012 Made History – Associated Press
The past 12 months have been a rollercoaster ride, AP have been there to cover the highs and the lows… By Alwyn Lindsey Director of International Archives Associated Press

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here is a light-hearted story in The Associated Press’ video archive which shows revellers ringing in the new year 50 years ago. As they celebrated the arrival of 1963, it is fascinating to think they were entering a year in which the word “Beatlemania” would be used for the first time, a young Baptist minister from Atlanta would tell the world of his “dream” for racial harmony, and a US president would be gunned down in Dallas. None of those revellers could have predicted the seismic events that lay ahead and the same is true for news organisations. We might know of planned events in sport, national celebrations, elections and anniversaries, but most events are beyond prediction. All that we can be sure of from our 168 years of newsgathering is that, no matter what the event and where it happens, we need to be ready. 2012 has undoubtedly been another rollercoaster year, from the funeral of Kim Jong Il in North Korea, the civil war in Syria and turmoil in Egypt’s transition to democracy, to the US elections and the devastation incurred by Hurricane Sandy. AP was at the forefront of these events, producing text, photo and video content for customers around the world. This is made possible by nearly 2,300 AP journalists based in more than 300 locations reporting 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To support our newsgathering efforts, this year AP went fully highdefinition for video news, enhanced its video archive website, began

the full-scale digitisation of its vast back catalogue and launched AP Video Hub, a state-of-the-art video delivery platform, to meet the increase in demand for video news from digital publishers. Some of the most striking images came at the start of the year as the Costa Concordia cruise ship sank off the Italian island of Giglio – a story which led news bulletins worldwide for days. AP delivered stills of the stricken liner along with the first pictures of affected passengers arriving at mainland ports. Then as Europe suffered the economic crisis with credit ratings tumbling and Greece teetering on the brink of default, news organisations provided extensive coverage of reactions throughout Europe. AP’s multiformat coverage of the crisis “Class of 2012” has followed five recently graduated students from key European capitals against a backdrop of austerity and high unemployment. As the celebrity world marked the untimely death of superstar Whitney Houston in the US in February, footage from inside the church at the funeral and fans’ reactions to the sad news made worldwide headlines. Meanwhile bitterly cold Siberian winds plunged much of Europe into freezing conditions and journalists in Europe braved meters-deep snow to deliver a string of exclusives, including startling video of an iced over Black Sea. As freezing temperatures returned in December 2012, AP reports coincided with the 50 year anniversary of the “Big

Superstorm Sandy left a trail of devastation in its wake – a cab parking lot in Hoboken, NJ – on October 30 , 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)

Disaster at sea – the luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia struck rocks on Jan 13, 2012 and sank outside Giglio harbour (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Freeze” which delivered four months of uninterrupted frost and caused the River Thames to freeze over in Central London. AP naturally dug into the archive to retrieve those 1962 stories. AP made a long-term commitment to covering the conflict in Syria. Multiple teams of AP journalists reported from the front lines. In the summer, one team came under fire. Video journalist Ahmed Bahaddou was hit in the shoulder and needed to be evacuated. After a tense journey out of Syria, then via air ambulance to the UK, Ahmed had surgery, followed by a long period of recovery. It came in a year when many others covering the story lost their lives. AP continues to document the fighting, as well as the impact that the war is having on the lives of countless ordinary people. The UK saw a summer rich in images as the country celebrated the Queens’ Diamond Jubilee and London hosted the Olympic and Paralympic Games. AP’s archive provided interesting and amusing contrasts with the London Olympics in 1948. As AP filmed the final preparations for the opening of the Olympic Park, it was able to look back at the final touches being put to the 1948 infrastructure, which were carried out by German prisoners of war whose welcome to the UK had been extended after the end of the war. With the Video Hub platform, AP is able to present hand-picked stories from the archive to sit alongside breaking news coverage. This is

proving hugely popular, especially with digital customers who like to provide their users with a deep ‘drill-down’ experience. Coverage of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, for example, was accompanied by selected shots of the coronation and key moments from her 60-year reign. Similarly, breaking news video of Hurricane Sandy was curated with footage of the Great Atlantic Hurricane of 1944, which struck almost exactly the same part of the US. Can we just say: AP also works closely with documentary film producers to provide depth and context to their long-form stories. For more than a century, AP has been delivering unparalleled coverage of the US elections to the world, and 2012 was no different, providing 22 hours of non-stop HD election coverage. Our archive of past election footage was also in great demand. As soon as news breaks it becomes history and is added to AP’s digital archive, which encompasses more than 1.4million global news stories spanning more than a century. No doubt, footage of the events of 2012 will be used again and again to give historical context to future news stories. Like those New Year’s Eve revellers in 1962, we can only speculate on the important events that 2013 might bring. What we do know is that whatever they are and wherever they are, AP will be ready.


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InNews: Harris Corporation Agree Sale of Broadcast Communications
InNews: Grass Valley Opens Solutions Center in Boulogne Office
InSound
InFocus
InStudio
InPlay
InFile
InTest
InMedia: Evolution of the Broadcast Systems Integrator
InMedia: Swedish Film Institute Chooses Divarchive 7.0
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