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AP announces nuclear security reporting initiative

A photo showing North Korea's missile launch is displayed at the Unification Observation Post in Paju near the border with North Korea, South Korea, Friday, Jan. 27, 2023. South Korea’s government said Friday it will promote civilian efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to North Korea in hopes of softening a diplomatic freeze deepened by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s growing nuclear ambitions. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

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The Associated Press today announced it will deepen its reporting on nuclear security issues and will share its expertise with local news outlets, with philanthropic support from the Outrider Foundation and Carnegie Corporation of New York.

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A photo showing North Korea’s missile launch is displayed at the Unification Observation Post in Paju, South Korea, Jan. 27, 2023. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

With journalists in nearly 100 countries, AP will leverage its global reporting network to provide expanded explanatory, visual, enterprise and investigative coverage to inform the general public about nuclear security issues. AP retains editorial control of all content.

“From the war in Ukraine to missile tests by North Korea, it is clear there is a pressing need to advance the public understanding of nuclear security issues,” said Ron Nixon, AP vice president for investigations, enterprise, partnerships and grants. “We are working to not only increase the volume and depth of AP’s coverage of nuclear security, but also to equip other news organizations with tools they need to tell the story with context and authority for their own communities.”

Additionally, AP will develop ways to help newsrooms improve general news industry understanding of nuclear security issues.

“The AP is a world-class news operation with a long track record of insightful nuclear security coverage,” said Robert K. Elder, president and CEO of Outrider Foundation. “Reporting on these issues has never been more critical, and we are proud to work with the AP team on this project.”

Through the initiative, AP will also provide member news organizations with a selection of video analyses from nuclear experts in academia as part of its Campus Insights program.

“Since the early 1980s, Carnegie Corporation of New York’s philanthropic grantmaking has sought to avert the spread or use of nuclear weapons and help raise public awareness about nuclear risks,” said Sharon Weiner, Carnegie Corporation’s International Peace and Security program senior resident fellow. “At this time of increased tensions, it is especially important for the public to have access to in-depth analysis and reporting on nuclear issues. Our support for The Associated Press aims to address this critical need.”

AP has worked with a variety of nonprofit organizations, including Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Lilly Endowment, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Report for America and others.

AP standards for working with outside groups are available online:

About Outrider Foundation

Outrider Foundation is a nonprofit that supports journalism and multimedia storytelling about nuclear security issues and climate change. We partner with creators, thought leaders, and news organizations to provide accessible information about how we can build a brighter future together. For more information, visit

About Carnegie Corporation of New York

Carnegie Corporation of New York was established in 1911 by Andrew Carnegie to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding. In keeping with this mandate, the Corporation’s work focuses on the issues that Andrew Carnegie considered of paramount importance: education, international peace, and a strong democracy.


Nicole Meir
Media Relations Manager
The Associated Press

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