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Teamwork delivers fast, full coverage of Indonesia soccer tragedy

People inspect photos of soccer match stampede victims, trying to identify missing relatives in Malang, East Java, Indonesia, Oct. 2, 2022. Panic at the previous night’s match left 125 people dead, most of whom were trampled to death after police fired tear gas inside the stadium. (AP Photo / Dicky Bisinglasi)

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AP’s Jakarta staff responded quickly Saturday night, coordinating comprehensive all-formats coverage of the Indonesia soccer tragedy that left 125 people dead after police-fired tear gas triggered a stampede for the stadium exits.

When Southeast Asia news director Kiko Rosario phoned colleagues in Jakarta early Sunday,the team was already in motion: Reporter Niniek Karmini was already writing the news alert,chief photographer Dita Alangkara was securing photos from stringers,and senior producer Andi Jatmiko was working with freelance video cameramen on the ground in Malang, about 750 km (470 miles) from the capital.

AP had a story out shortly after the alert,as well as visuals from the stadium. In the hours that followed, near-constant communication with stringers at the scene brought more detail to the mainbar and an explainer,and more images,including agency-exclusive live video streamed from a stringer’s smartphone outside the stadium as the story developed into Sunday.

Jakarta reporter Edna Tarigan,photographer Achmad Ibrahim and video journalist Fadlan Syam arrived in Malang early Monday morning,with Syam transmitting multiple live shots,including memorials. AP’s team also delivered fresh reporting from the stadium and the hospital, where injured survivors recounted their experiences for text and photos.

Smart collaboration between text,photo and video formats informed the coverage throughout, while colleagues in AP Sports contributed sidebars with global reaction and historical context.

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