The Associated Press’ decision to revise its controversial member pricing plan received a mixed reaction from editors at newspapers that have submitted notices asking to exit the fold in two years. Editors appear keen to listen, but no one is willing to say this is a mind-changer. Still, the papers have achieved their first goal: getting the AP to take their concerns seriously and getting a break on their membership fees. And it’s worth pointing out that the cancellation notices only represent a fraction of the over 1,500 AP members.
Last week, The Tribune Company and Columbus Dispatch both handed their notices that would allow them to sever their contract with the wire service in two years, though Tribune stated it would continue actively talking to the AP about seeking changes to the pricing plan. They joined six other papers that gave the AP notice over the summer: Minneapolis