Associated Press, what's wrong with you?

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(by pio dal cin) In the Eighties when I was an "assault" photojournalist going from war to war dodging bullets and avoiding landmines to establish myself in the media world as a freelance, I was elated when the +The Associated Press  offered me to "string" for them in the North Eastern part of Italy.

They would call me at anytime of the day sending me on a particular assignment. I was working exclusively with film and I would develop my own in my small but efficient dark room. The photos were sent via a slow modem. It took about twenty minutes to send a picture into the main Rome office.

I was happy. I felt to be a part of a great photo agency and it was very rewarding for me.

Many years have gone by and the era of digital has hit the photojournalism like a tornado. Suddenly everyone could be a reporter, given a camera (or a smartphone) and being at the right place at the right time it's all that takes, no previous photojournalistic background required.

With this situation I would have expected that great agencies like +The Associated Press , +Reuters   would clean up their guns and get one step ahead right? Wrong.

On the Boston Marathon's bombing that I have followed step by step on myTwitter account I realized that most of the news were updated immediately by citizen's journalism effort, faster that any other newspaper or news agency (with the sole exception of the Boston Globe who was right on top of the news).

Tonight I red about a Guardian's Article about a tweet from AP that managed to send the Dow plunging. It seems like the +The Associated Press 's Twitter account was hacked and those who sent the false message did so to discredit the Agency. Still what is wrong with you +The Associated Press ? Can't yo be faster than a regular citizen on giving out the news?
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