AP touts stronger state reports, investigations

By the Associated Press | September 15, 2011 | 4:30 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Associated Press emphasized its efforts to strengthen state news reports and investigative journalism in its annual presentation to media executives.

AP executives told the members of the Associated Press Media Editors on Thursday that the news cooperative continues to beef up state news reports, despite staff reductions and budget pressures shared with the industry.

The news cooperative is continuing its "Broken Budgets" multimedia series launched this year. The joint reporting project with AP members expands statehouse coverage to explore cutbacks in state budgets.

The AP also told media executives that the company has expanded state photo reports and reaffirmed its commitment to investigative journalism, highlighting an award-winning "Aging Nukes" series.