Best of AP — Honorable Mention


AP dominates coverage of deadly chemical plant explosion in Spain


Aritz Parra, chief correspondent, Madrid; Iain Sullivan, producer, Madrid; Emilio Morennati, chief photographer, Barcelona; Hernan Munozand German Martinez, freelance video journalists, Barcelona; Davide Oliete, freelance photographer, Tarragona, Spain; and Katie Oyan, editor, West Desk, Phoenix, responded quickly, dominating coverage of a deadly explosion and fire at a petrochemical plant in Tarragona, that killed three and injured seven.

Tipped off by an alert on SAM, a global monitoring tool on social media in which AP is an investor, chief correspondent Parra alerted other formats as he worked to confirm the breaking news. Format leaders in turn alerted video journalists and freelancers who raced to the scene and secured rights to security camera video of the explosion. AP provided unmatched live coverage of a briefing by Spanish officials, and the strong AP coverage led video and photo play in Spain and in newspapers in Europe and around the world.

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