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March 10, 2020 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Australian Associated Press Will Cease Operations in June

The Australian Associated Press (AAP) announced that it is shutting down after 85 years in business due to “a decline in subscribers and free distribution of news content on digital platforms.” Its 170-plus journalists from bureaus across Australia will end operations by June 26, 2020. AAP was founded in 1935 by Keith Murdoch, a newspaper publisher and father of News Corp. founder Rupert Murdoch.

An AAP statement says, “The unprecedented impact of the digital platforms that take other people’s content and distribute it for free has led to too many companies choosing to no longer use AAP’s professional service.”

Rod McGuirk, who wrote the announcement, notes, “The agency is renowned for its fair and impartial reporting and its extraordinary reach across rural and urban Australia. The surprise decision by its owners to close the agency comes amid a brutal consolidation in the industry and raised an outcry both from its staff and from many Australians who view it as a pillar of a free and fair press.”

For more information, read the press release.

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