Believe it or not, the Tribune Co. newspapers will be appearing without stories from Associated Press beginning next week. That's the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, Orlando Sentinel, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Hartford Courant, Morning Call (in Allentown, PA,, Daily Press in Newport News, VA, Hoy, and El Sentinel in Orlando, FL). All have chosen not pay AP's fee any longer, at least on a trial basis.
Ragan's PR Junkie blog quotes Phil Rosenthal, the Chicago Tribune's media columnist: "The goal, as the papers review costs and needs, is to see whether severing ties with the news cooperative next fall is a viable option, the Chicago-based media company confirmed Monday.... Besides the content provided by the staff of its own titles, Tribune Co. newspapers will draw from such news sources as Reuters, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Agence France Presse, Cable News Network, Global Post, Bloomberg, and McClatchy newspapers during its AP-less trial. Not all of those sources are normally available to Tribune Co. papers."
This must be causing chills and shaking at AP itself. However, it's a further opportunity for PR people in the Tribune Co. cities, provided those papers have enough news and feature space remaining as time moves along.