The Associated Press is the world's oldest and largest wire service, according to information from its Web site.
The AP, as it is commonly known, is a not-for-profit cooperative owned by its member news organizations. It was founded in 1848.
According to its site, as of 2005, The AP:
- Has 3,700 employees working in 242 worldwide bureaus.
- Has won 48 Pultizer Prizes. Of these, 29 have been for photos, and that number is more than any other organization has received for photos.
- Serves 1,700 U.S. daily, weekly, non-English and college newspapers; 5,000 broadcast outlets. This includes 55 taking AP All News Radio, AP's 24-hour news radio network and 330 international broadcasters.
- Serves 121 countries, with work in English, German, Dutch, French and Spanish.
- Has a 24-hour continuously updated online news service, a state-of-the-art television news service and photo library housing more than 10 million images and provides advertising management services.
In April 2005, The AP established a license fee for material used on members' Web sites. It was to take effect in 2006.
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