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BC-Year-End Package,ADVISORY

December 1, 2018


Here are the plans for AP’s year-end package. Stories will carry a YE- slug. A separate advisory for year-end sports stories is moving. This advisory will be updated each week to reflect updates and changes. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to Josh Hoffner or Alina Hartounian at 602-417-2400.


AP’s annual survey of editors and news directors on the year’s most important news stories. Ballot will be sent out during the week of Dec. 3. A story on the Top 10 will move Dec. 20. By National Writer David Crary. Photos, interactive.


A man set up a 40-foot camper equipped with generators in the aftermath of the nation’s deadliest wildfire and cooked hot meals for weary fire victims. People showed up after the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre with therapy dogs to comfort the victims. Volunteers flocked to the border to help immigrant parents and children who were separated. A look at some of the positive moments amid the tragedy of 2018. By Amy Forliti. 900 words, with photos.


In the middle of an acrimonious election season, the nation came together to mourn the death of Sen. John McCain, a war hero, presidential candidate and longtime senator. He was among the many notable figures who died in 2018. By Bernard McGhee. Moving on Dec. 17 and updated through year’s end, with photos.


Children torn from their parents, a caravan nearing the border, tear gas fired on asylum seekers, and a swath of the globe derided by the president in crude language. In a breathless 2018, they were just a handful of headlines on one of the year’s most dominant issues: immigration. By Matt Sedensky. 900 words, with photos, interactive.


A human tide of would-be Americans, rolling toward the border. American rockets streaking across the darkness over Damascus. Students fleeing a gunman at a Florida high school, their hands raised in the air. Associated Press photographers were there to record a world in constant motion in 2018. A package of the AP’s 100 best photos from 2018. Moving Dec. 3.

US--YE-OVER IT — Keep your backyard chicken coops, dear 2018, and your vampire facials, too. And that Floss dance from Fortnite Battle Royale? Forget about it in the new year. Among other things we’re over as we slide into 2019: Bell sleeves that need constant policing, the cash-cow otherwise known as subscription box services and Alec Baldwin’s “Saturday Night Live” Donald Trump, because isn’t the real one enough? By AP Entertainment Writer Leanne Italie. Upcoming: 990 words. Photos. Moving the week of Dec. 17.




We may remember 2018 as the year in which technology’s dystopian potential became clear, from Facebook’s role enabling election interference to high-tech tools for immigration crackdowns and fears of smartphone addiction. More awaits us in 2019, as surveillance and data-collection efforts ramp up and artificial intelligence systems start sounding more human and reading facial expressions. But there are also countermeasures afoot in Congress, states and even among tech-firm employees themselves, who are growing steadily more activist about ensuring their work is put to positive ends. By Matt O’Brien. UPCOMING: 800 words. Moving the week of Dec. 24.


Volatility returned to the stock market in 2018 as interest rates rose, the U.S. and China fought over trade and some investors questioned whether high-fliers like Apple and Amazon were worth the price. A recap of the year in the stock market, told with text and graphics. Moving the week of Dec. 24.



US--YE-TOP MOVIE MOMENTS — From Ally taking the stage in “A Star is Born” to Steven Spielberg recreating “The Shining” in “Ready Player One,” AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr lists the top movie moments of the year, and a few that even became memes. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos. Moving Dec. 13.

US--YE-BEST MOMENTS-TV — A list of the most compelling TV moments from 2018, from Oprah Winfrey’s Golden Globes speech to the “This Is Us” revelation of how Jack died. By AP Television Writer Lynn Elber. 700 words, photos. Moving Dec. 14.

US--YEAR END-BOX OFFICE — After a down year in 2017, the box office has been back in a big way, and headed toward a record, thanks to the massive successes of films like Disney’s “Black Panther,” ″Avengers: Infinity War” and “Incredibles 2,” despite some tremendous changes, including the rise and fall of MoviePass, and the increased competition from Netflix original movies. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos. Moving Dec. 31.

US--YE-TOP 10 FILMS — AP Film Writers Jake Coyle and Lindsey Bahr pick their top 10 movies of the year. By AP Film Writers Jake Coyle and Lindsey Bahr. UPCOMING: 1,200 words, photos. Moving Dec. 17.

US--YE-MUSIC-ALBUMS — AP Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu breaks down the year’s top 10 albums. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos. Moving the week f Dec. 10.

US--YE-MUSIC-SONGS — AP Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu breaks down the year’s top 10 songs. By Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos. Moving the week of Dec. 10.

US--TV-Top 10-TV — Associated Press Writer Alicia Rancilio picks her top 10 television shows of the year. By Alicia Rancilio. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos. Moving the week of Dec. 17.



YE-ME TOO SPORTS. The Larry Nassar sentencing featured a parade of former athletes describing the crimes of the former doctor for USA Gymnastics. It was the one of the biggest moments in the #MeToo movement, and its ripple effects have changed sports forever. Moving Sunday, Dec. 23.

YE-STORIES OF THE YEAR: Moving Monday, Dec. 24.

YE--FEEL-GOOD MOMENTS OF THE YEAR. Moving Tuesday, Dec. 25.

YE-FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Moving Wednesday, Dec. 26.


YE-THINGS TO WATCH IN 2019: Moving Dec. 31.

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