OUR VIEW: New York Times syndication service to add in-depth reporting

  • Tuesday, April 30, 2024 1:30am
  • Opinion

While we take great pride in being your source for local news and community events, we supplement our national and world coverage with additional services such as The Associated Press (AP). This week, that will change.

Sound Publishing will join other major news organizations that include Gannett and McClatchy — publishers of more than 230 outlets, including the USA Today and the Miami Herald — in a move away from AP content. The cost of the service now outweighs the benefits of coverage, especially since it has slimmed down significantly to a regional approach instead of moving multiple stories per day from a Seattle-based bureau.

In its place, we are thrilled to introduce the New York Times syndication service beginning Wednesday.

By comparison, the New York Times provides comprehensive reporting, analysis and feature stories both nationally and internationally that will be of general interest to our readers. It goes beyond the surface to offer context and background information in many areas, including politics and business, arts and entertainment, lifestyles, health, and science and technology. It also includes The Athletic, a sports service launched in 2016 which offers reporting and analysis from 450-plus journalists.

There will be some features we used to carry from The Associated Press that won’t have a direct replacement. For example, we will no longer run the weekly automotive column supplied by Edmunds or financial tips from Nerd Wallet. Another feature without direct replacement is Not Real News, an in-depth look at the week’s social media rumors that turn out to be false.

However, the New York Times is covering stories such three Israeli military units and two civilian units committing “gross human rights violations” against Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. It also has a feature on the near collapse of the healthcare system that once served Gaza’s population of more than 2 million. It’s covering Russia’s attacks on Ukraine, Congress’ financial support of multiple countries overseas, and Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s meeting with China’s leader, Xi Jinping, in Beijing. And that just scratches the surface.

Our commitment to news coverage of Clallam and Jefferson counties will continue to come first. But outside of topics of community interest, breaking news, city councils, county commissions, schools and ports, we know there are other issues that impact our readers.

The New York Times is at the forefront of national and international politics, features and commentary, and we look forward to our new partnership with the organization.

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