Verification and innovation: The two key planks of our strategy.
It is now an established fact that the emergence of social media has revolutionised journalism in recent years. But a new phenomenon has spread quickly over the past year: the rise of misinformation, lies and counter-truths disseminated by websites, publications and networks disguised as information tools. We are in the era of “fake news”.
Exclusive interview with the son of the “lion of Panjshir”
AFP secured an exclusive interview at the beginning of September with Ahmad Massoud, son of the late commander Massoud. From his family home in the north of Kabul, he urged France to “stay strong” in the face of terrorism in a country that is “the centre of democracy and freedom.”
Ⓒ Wakil KOHSAR / AFP
Death of “Don Neto”
AFP’s Mexican staff member Ernesto Navarrete y Salazar, known as “Don Neto” and a bullfighting expert, died the day before his 98th birthday on November 4 in Puerto Vallarta in Mexico. He was the oldest staffer at AFP and probably the oldest journalist in the world still in active service.
Exclusive video of the dismantling of a potential terror cell in Brazil
On July 21, the Agency broadcast two exclusive videos of the dismantling in Brazil of a cell suspected of planning to carry out attacks on the Rio Olympics in the name of the Islamic State group.
Aris Messinis on the “special correspondent” programme
Aris Messinis, chief photographer in AFP’s Athens bureau, inaugurated the “black room” section of the “special correspondent” programme on France 2 television on Thursday, September 29. This new programme showcases the work of prominent news photographers.
Ⓒ France Télévisions
Exclusive interview with Christine Lagarde
The Washington bureau secured an exclusive interview (text, video, photo) with Christine Lagarde on July 6. The comments by the IMF chief were eagerly anticipated as the finance world ponders the consequences of Brexit and fears a new crisis.
Ⓒ Paul J. RICHARDS / AFP
After Trump’s victory, Obama’s national security advisor speaks to AFP
In an exclusive AFP interview on November 14, Susan Rice, National Security Advisor in the Obama administration, said that American allies with a mutual defence treaty could rely on the United States during a Trump presidency.
Ⓒ Saul LOEB / AFP
Noelia, the teacher who moved the whole world
A feature on the “beautiful story” of Noelia Garella, the first preschool teacher with Down’s Syndrome in Argentina and probably one of only a handful worldwide, was broadly picked up in the international media, from The Independent and Vanity Fair to The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Thanh Nien.
Ⓒ Florence Goisnard,
Ivan Pisarenko / AFPTV / AFP
Exceptional coverage from Raqa and Fallujah
On May 25, AFP teams covered the near-simultaneous offensives against the Islamic State group in Raqa (Syria) and Fallujah (Iraq). The exclusive photos and videos of American special forces supporting the operation carried out by the Arab-Kurdish coalition were heavily picked up in major international media.
Ⓒ Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP
First display of AFP photos in Pakistan
From October 24 to November 21, the Lok Virsa museum in Islamabad hosted the exhibition “Pakistan: Sustaining Development – Human Stories Through Photography.” A first for AFP in Pakistan, this exhibition illustrated — via 102 photos — the work done by the UN and its partners in terms of education, the fight against injustice, poverty and climate change.
Ⓒ A. MAJEED / AFP
A World Cup of 48 teams and over several countries
In an exclusive interview with AFP, FIFA President Gianni Infantino defended the idea of a World Cup of 48 teams from 2026. He called for the organisation of such an extraordinary World Cup to be spread over several countries.
Ⓒ Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP
Between the lines
On November 21, AFP, the French education ministry and the association “Entre les lignes” (“Between the lines”), signed a three-year partnership agreement to improve knowledge about media and information. The Agency has shown its commitment to the project by offering technical resources and AFP journalists have also taken part in the training.
Ⓒ Philippe DEVERNAY / MENESR
AFP newsroom “votes Trump”
AFP journalists from around the world voted for the most influential person of 2016 and the winner was Donald Trump, who came just ahead of Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the survey of 30 pre-selected people in the news.
Ⓒ Saul LOEB / AFP
9th edition of the Congress for Journalism
AFP again participated in the Congress for Journalism which took place in Tours from 9 to 11 March, 2016. Head of sport Didier Lauras took part in a roundtable discussion on “What is the price of Sports News?” Eric Lagneau, AFP journalist and media researcher, was a member of the jury for this 9th edition.
Ⓒ Frederic J. BROWN / AFP
Coalition to fight Fake News
The “First Draft” network, set up in September 2016 and supported by Google, brings together 80 partners, including AFP. The aim is to draw attention to the battle against misinformation and each partner contributes by sharing Best Practice and helping to develop tools and training.
A hive of activity
The AFP Works Council, in conjunction with the French Beekeepers’ Association, has installed three beehives on the roof of the AFP headquarters building in Paris. The Agency is helping to balance the ecosystem and, in addition, AFP staff can buy the honey from the Works Council!
Ⓒ Eric FEFERBERG / AFP
Aurore, the AFP intranet, is born on March 8, 2016
By launching its intranet, named Aurore, AFP now has now all information about Agency life and its staff in one place. This professional tool was designed to be simple, efficient and reliable. With its rich content provided by several different contributors and a smooth operating interface, it is quick and easy to navigate.
Two AFP journalists at the Deauville Women’s Forum
Virginie Grognou from the Lille bureau and Jurgen Hecker from the English desk took part in two debates during the 12th edition of the Women’s Forum. The first was about reporting the migrant crisis often with too negative an angle. The second was about what Trump’s election means for women.
Google’s innovation fund Digital News Initiative picks AFP Interactive
This platform brings together AFP’s interactive graphics for all its clients. Hosted by AFP, the graphics can be integrated on all platforms in a “responsive” way. This project, which relies on the experience of AFP’s graphics team, underscores the importance of datajournalism in the AFP newsroom.
AFP teams up with the Alliance Française
This year, AFP has worked on several projects with the Alliance Française foundation. On July 5, there was a conference and debate entitled: “Pushing the boundaries: sport photography at AFP, at the cutting edge of innovation.” The Agency also took part in the annual meeting of Alliance Française in Europe in Madrid between 18 and 20 November.
Handicaps and “White butterflies”
For the fourth year running, AFP took part in the European Disabled Employment Week in November. We also hosted the disabled association “Papillons Blancs” (White Butterflies) for a photo exhibition and a visit to the newsroom. Since 2012, the Agency has had a proactive policy for employing people with disabilities.