Best of the AP

Best of the Week - First Winner Feb. 23, 2024

AP responds when gunfire erupts at Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl parade

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Kansas City’s AP staff was just wrapping up what was supposed to be a day of fun as the city was celebrating the Chiefs’ Super Bowl win with a parade and rally. They were regrouping in the office — and some had family nearby at the parade — when shots rang out.

Photographer Charlie Riedel and video journalist Nick Ingram rushed out the door, while correspondent Heather Hollingsworth tried to confirm what happened. After she alerted that shots had been fired — the first of many alerts on this story — she also raced outside, and days of exhaustive coverage began.

Riedel and stringers sent in photos showing the reality of the shooting’s aftermath — people on stretchers, bloodied and shocked. Ingram went live, interviewing people who were stunned by the violence and gathering background video, or b-roll. Hollingsworth sought out witnesses, while other AP staffers helped from afar, including Oklahoma City correspondent Sean Murphy, who jumped in to help stitch the story together as it was developing.

AP’s coverage was a collaboration across teams and formats for the next several days.

For leaping into a fast-breaking story, supported by colleagues around the United States, Ingram, Hollingsworth and Riedel earn Best of the Week — First Winner.

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Best of the Week - Second Winner Feb. 23, 2024

Fast, smart and comprehensive coverage as Russia’s opposition leader Alexei Navalny dies in prison

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When Russia’s prison agency announced that Alexei Navalny had died in the frigid penal colony where he was serving a 19-year sentence, the Moscow team was prepared in all formats. The first version of the obituary of Putin’s most prominent opponent moved just five minutes after the alert. Video journalist Kirill Zarubin moved quickly to provide the only live images from the Navalny memorial in Moscow shortly after his death. AP’s photo team had 25 images ready to go.

Cameraman Sergey Karelin flew to remote area in Yamal where Navalny died in the Polar Wolf prison, following Navalny’s mother for several days and offering multiple lives showing her desperate search for information on her son. Karelin also provided an exclusive video from Salekhard of Navalny’s mother laying flowers at a memorial there — strong coverage coordinated by senior producer Tanya Titova and news director Harriet Morris. Hundreds of video clients used the footage thousands of times in the days that followed.

Photographers Sasha Zemlianichenko and Dima Lovetsky worked late into the night on Friday and all weekend producing images from memorials in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

For lightning-fast reaction to the death of Russia’s best-known dissident that garnered exclusive content for AP clients, Zarubin, Karelin, Titova, Burrows, Litvinova, Isachenkov, Davies, Zemlianichenko, Lovetsky and Morris are this week’s Best of the Week — Second Winner.

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