The Australian Associated Press (AAP) is a news-gathering organisation whose history underscores the vital role that telecommunications played in connecting Australia, a remote island nation, with the rest of the world. Although AAP remains the primary source of international news for Australian media outlets, it also plays an increasingly central role in the production and dissemination of domestic news. Its work may go unnoticed by millions of Australians, but AAP has become a truly omnipresent news organisation which underpins the editorial operations of Australia’s mass media. This entry provides an overview of the AAP, including its origins and development, as well as challenges it faces in the digital age.


The origins of AAP can be traced back to the 19th century, where the trend towards economic ...

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