July 06, 2007

A Hunting We Will Go

The response to my letter to the Board of Directors of the Associated Press and AP Media Relations Director Jack Stokes was overwhelming, and apparently, continues to grow.

I noticed in the comments to my post (and some of those linking to it) that many people seem genuinely interested in writing to the Board of Directors of the Associated Press directly.

According to the Associated Press, this is their Board of Directors:

William Dean Singleton Chairman
Vice Chairman and CEO
MediaNews Group Inc.
Denver, Colorado

Gary Pruitt Vice Chairman
Chairman, President and CEO
The McClatchy Company
Sacramento, California

R. Jack Fishman
Publisher and Editor
Citizen Tribune
Morristown, Tennessee

Dennis J. FitzSimons
Chairman, President and CEO
Tribune, Co.
Chicago, Illinois

Victor F. Ganzi
President and CEO
Hearst Corporation
New York, New York

Walter E. Hussman Jr.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Little Rock, Arkansas

Julie Inskeep
The Journal Gazette
Fort Wayne, Indiana

Mary Jacobus
President and Chief Operating Officer
The New York Times Regional Media Group
Tampa, Florida

Boisfeuillet (Bo) Jones
Publisher and CEO
The Washington Post
Washington, D.C.

Mary Junck
President and CEO
Lee Enterprises, Inc.
Davenport, Iowa

David Lord
Pioneer Newspapers, Inc.
Seattle, Washington

Kenneth W. Lowe
President and CEO
E.W. Scripps Company
Cincinnati, Ohio

Douglas H. McCorkindale
Retired Chairman
Gannett, Co. Inc.
McLean, Virginia

R. John Mitchell
Rutland Herald
Rutland, Vermont

Steven O. Newhouse
New York, New York

Charles V. Pittman
Senior Vice President-Publishing
Schurz Communications Inc.
South Bend, Indiana

Michael E. Reed
GateHouse Media, Inc.
Fairport, New York

Bruce T. Reese
President and CEO
Bonneville International Corp.
Salt Lake City, Utah

Jon Rust
Southeast Missourian
Co-president, Rust Communications
Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Jay R. Smith
Cox Newspapers, Inc.
Atlanta, Georgia

David Westin
ABC News
New York, New York

H. Graham Woodlief
President, Publishing Division
Vice President,
Media General Inc.
Richmond, Virginia

You'll note that I only have four active email addresses (inserted above) for the 22 directors... several email addresses that I once had appear to have been changed, and some of the emails I sent yesterday bounced.

My letter had a chance of getting to just four members of AP's Board of Directors and AP Media Relations director Jack Stokes, if that email was not screened and summarily deleted by a "helpful" administrative assistant somewhere along the line. To date, I've had no response whatsoever by anyone at the Associated Press.

Sadly, I'm crunched for time today, and cannot hunt down the email addresses, phone and fax numbers, and mailing addresses of these 22 board members myself...

I'm wondering if someone out there can do what I cannot.

If you can track down this information, please post what you have found in the comments. I'll then update the list above. There seem to be quite a few of you who are highly upset with how the Associated Press keeps repeating a pattern of false stories without so much as a retraction or correction, and ignoring real stories.

You deserve a chance to take your complaints to the very top.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at July 6, 2007 07:59 AM

Just a note, CY. I seached for about 3/4's of them without luck. To contact pretty much all of them, would have to go through the 'press relations' or the main 'contact us' pages of their respective company websites.

Looks like they have successfully cocooned themselves from any sort of responsibility or accountability. Not that that bothers me too much, AP is not indispensible and I'd be happy to see them go out with a bang or a wimper.

Posted by: Dusty at July 6, 2007 11:27 PM