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AP duo tracks WHO investigators in Wuhan

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Video journalist Emily Wang and photographer Ng Han Guan teamed up with their Beijing colleagues, fast-filing content to keep AP ahead on the challenging, high-profile story of the World Health Organization mission to Wuhan to investigate the origins of the deadly COVID-19 virus. Video performance was consistently strong and notably outdid AP’s major competition on at least two days.

With the media pack limited to outdoor coverage,Wang and Guan scrambled all week to follow the movements of the WHO delegation arriving and departing hotels and hospitals. Wang managed multiple live shots and Guan found angles to grab photos of the team; he also revealed some of their luggage: yoga mats and musical instruments.

Meanwhile,the Beijing bureau was producing video edits from the live shots and expediting text based on the reports coming from the AP pair in Wuhan. On one day,Feb. 1,AP delivered five video edits,including a brief but rare comment from a WHO team member speaking from his car window, while the competitive agency had just two edits.

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Peter Daszak of the World Health Organization leaves in a car past a row of security personnel at the Hubei Center for Disease Control and Prevention after a field visit in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei province, Feb. 1, 2021. – AP Photo / Ng Han Guan
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