The Associated Press — which has been laying off folks nationwide Tuesday — did not let go anyone from its Twin Cities bureau. With pink slips still flying throughout the profession, their absence, as Sherlock Holmes might say, qualifies as news.
As cash-bleeding newspapers have complained about the wire service’s pricing and threatened to cancel contracts, AP has pledged to cut global payroll costs 10 percent, according to rival AFP.
The Star Tribune gave AP its cancellation notice last year, but I expect it will pull that back before next summer’s drop-dead date, in part because the paper has an AP board member on its new board. The Strib could’ve terminated the AP contract even earlier in bankruptcy proceedings this year, but chose not to.