Does your local paper rely too much on the Associated Press?
Unfortnately a lot of papers have turned to the AP for cost issues....it's cheaper to put AP articles in their paper rather than pay someone $10-$20 an hour to write for them.
I know a larger paper in our area has made some HUGE cutbacks in their spending and that included letting go five reporters...they now have so many AP articles in their paper it's not even funny.
However, I worked for a small town newspaper for 4 years and we absolutely did not have AP articles. We had to write EVERYTHING that went in the paper. And as far as national issues...we had to localize them by talking with area residents, businesses, etc.
The Associated Press reported that in a survey of 4722 American youngsters aged 6 to 19, 15% were seriously ov?
ANSWER: 99% Resulting Confidence Interval for 'true mean'= [0.14, 0.16]
POPULATION PROPORTION, CONFIDENCE INTERVAL, NORMAL DISTRIBUTION
n: Number of samples = 4722
k: Number of Successes = 708
p: Sample Proportion [708/4722] = 0.15
significant digits: 2
Confidence Level = 99
"Look-up" Table 'z-critical value' = 2.580
This 'z-critical value' is a Look-up from the Table of Standard Normal Distribution. The Table is organized as a cummulative 'area' from the LEFT corresponding to the STANDARDIZED VARIABLE z. The Standard Normal Distribution is symmetric (called a 'Bell Curve') which means its an interpretive procedure to Look-Up the 'area' from the Table. For the Confidence Level (or Level of Confidence) = 99%, there is a LEFT 'area' OUTSIDE. And due to symmetry there is a RIGHT 'area' OUTSIDE. Using a Look-up from the Table involves adding and subtracting an 'area' which is equal to the Confidence Level. For STANDARDIZED VARIABLE z = 2.58, this corresponds to the LEFT 'area' half of the Confidence Level area = 0.5 * (1 - 99/100) = 0.01 by a Look-up in the Table for Standard Normal Distribution.
Or alternatively; use Excel function: NORMSINV(probability) Returns the inverse of the standard normal cumulative distribution. The distribution has a mean of zero, a standard deviation of one and is symmetrical.
99% Resulting Confidence Interval for 'true mean': p ± ('z critical value') * SQRT[p * (1 - p)/n]
= 0.15 ± 2.58 * SQRT[0.15 * (1 - 0.15)/4722] = [0.14, 0.16]
How do I locate a recent article by the associated press?
There's a number of ways: 1) Do you know where the reporter was located -- i.e., what bureau in which he was located? You could call that office and talk to him directly or the editor on duty; 2) There is a website in which AP takes questions from the public. You could use that: http://www.ap.org/pages/contact/contact.html 3) That website also lists a telephone number that you can call. 4) Are you sure your local newspaper didn't use the story?
Set up an RSS feed for associated press:
What exactly is the Associated Press and how does it work?
I work for a news station and yes we do get some of our news from the AP but if you watch just the other three stations in my market, we sometimes all put a different spin on a story. The AP gives facts and quotes and it is up to the next person to do what they will with the info. The AP has offices all over the country, and basically it works just like a news station. There are reporters and they go cover news. They write their story and send it out to all media.