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The Associated Press lays off 25

The Associated Press is laying off two-dozen employees in its global news department, the cooperative told Poynter Friday.

While AP makes every effort to cut costs elsewhere before affecting jobs, AP is laying off 25 staffers in the global News department this week. Like so many media companies, especially in the news business, AP must reduce expenses in order to continue to provide its objective, indispensable news report around the world.

The Associated Press, one of the largest employers of journalists in the world, has reporters stationed in 263 locations worldwide scattered across more than 100 countries, according to its website. The news cooperative recently announced that Sally Buzbee, its Washington editor, would replace outgoing Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll.

In announcing cuts before the new year begins, The Associated Press joins several news organizations, including The Wall Street Journal, Gannett, Bloomberg and Univision.

Correction: A previous version of this story said The Associated Press has reporters stationed in more than 10 countries. In fact, it’s more than 100. We apologize for the error.

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Benjamin Mullin is the managing editor of He previously reported for Poynter as a staff writer, Google Journalism Fellow and Naughton Fellow, covering journalism innovation, business practices and ethics. He’s also reported for USA TODAY College and The Sacramento Bee, and he was editor in chief of The Orion, Chico State’s student-run newspaper. An Air Force brat who grew up around Northern California, he’s still adjusting to the Florida sunshine.

(via Poynter)