Associated Press joins 'steal our stories movement'

Richard Tofel - ProPublica

America's biggest news agency has announced a programme to promote non-profit investigative journalism to its members for republication. The material will be distributed to Associated Press members - including essentially all of America's leading newspapers - through the web-based delivery system AP Exchange.

There will be no charge to AP members for using the stories, which, in addition to its partner in the project ProPublica, will come from the Center for Investigative Reporting, the Center for Public Integrity and the Investigative Reporting Workshop. Announcement of the new programme, described as a six-month pilot, came at the annual convention of Investigative Reporters and Editors, held this year in Baltimore.

This move by AP should provide further impetus to the movement we've been pushing for editors and publishers to steal our stories under our Creative Commons license. We've been pleased recently to see ProPublica articles end up in the Orlando Sentinel and the Arizona Star, and on Web sites ranging from Huffington Post to RealClearPolitics to Keep those thefts coming.