Leftist millennial wins election as Chile’s next president


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No it's from the AP. The headline, the article, and the two reporters credited.



Not being sarcastic at all cuz this is a common misunderstanding but:

For those who don't know how wire services work they literally just take the story, headline and all usually, and print it but the source is the AP not Action Jax or whoever the fuck. When it says (AP) in the beginning and credits the two AP reporters it's because it's APs reporting just on many news outlets. In this case Patricia Luna and Joshua Goodman are APs Latin American correspondents, so not affiliated with Action News at all.

Edit: here's a better explanation from a former AP employee


Google "Leftist Milennial Chile" to get an idea of just how many big news outlets copied the headline and article word for word by running the AP story. ABC, NBC, Washington Post, PBS, Euro News to name a few. Also the smaller local / city news outlets almost all print the AP story or another wire service since they don't have correspondents in Chile. This is typical for international news, but even for domestic national news coverage:

Could only find stats on US coverage of national government / DC based stories. But this gives you an idea of just how large of a chunk of the news (International, national, state, and even more local) is a wire service copy:

For some stats and graphs this whole piece on US national coverage is interesting, but to give you an idea:


The eight newspapers in this study offered their readers 1,595 stories from wire services – nearly six-in-ten of all stories about national government produced over this four-month period. While in many cases the same stories – or close versions of them – were carried in multiple newspapers, for any individual reader this amounts to more than half of the national government coverage they receive: 52% for readers of papers with a D.C.-based correspondent and 62% for readers of papers without.


In papers without a D.C.-based reporter, wires accounted for nearly half, 45%, of all front page stories, while non-D.C. based staff account for 32% and other national media account for 24%.

Edit 2: since I've been getting lots of questions about wire services, I thought I'd add this short blurb about how AP and Reuters established literal monopolies in the 1850s:

If you read the history they literally established a monopoly between major papers in the 1850s, early monopoly, price setting and anti trust violations. I mean this was in the days of the telegram and the rotary printing press wasn't even invented yet. By collaborating with a large collective of newspapers and correspondents they could get news from overseas that nobody else could, and could mass print them. Essentially they became gate keepers of information forcing newspapers and journalists to rely on them.

The History section pretty much sums up the wire service / information race of the time.


Reuters history is troubling but interesting as well. Similarly monopolised and exploited the limitations in communications early on:


In fact, Reuters was originally a bird service: In 1849 Paul Julius Reuter, a former bookseller, saw an opportunity to exploit a gap in the telegraph lines between Aachen and Brussels and used carrier pigeons to transmit stock quotes until the telegraph finally connected the two cities in 1850. Reuter then moved the company to London, where it opened in 1851 and used the new Dover-Calais cable to communicate between the British and French stock markets. Reuters later expanded its content to include general news as well, and scooped other news bureaus with the first European reports of Abraham Lincoln's assassination in 1865.

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