Best of the AP

Best of the Week - First Winner Feb. 16, 2024

Up close to Iceland’s volcanic eruption, AP dominates with awe-inspiring visuals

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When tremors struck in the early hours of Thursday morning, AP stringer Marco di Marco knew he didn’t have long to reach the scene of Iceland’s latest volcanic eruption before access would be limited by rescuers. His swiftness put the AP ahead of competitors with stunning photos and video coverage that amazed global audiences.

Iceland-based visual journalist Marco di Marco, a specialist in volcano photography and videography, has developed strong relationships with scientists, rescuers and local officials in his work with the AP. He was en route as soon as the eruption occurred, immediately alerting Stockholm-based journalist David Keyton, who put in place all-formats coverage including much-used live video feeds.

Di Marco’s knowledge of the terrain and relationship with local law enforcement enabled him to quickly position himself near where the lava flow would breach a key road, providing unique coverage of the fast-moving event. On site, he filed compressed photos to the global photo desk, edited from his phone amid extremely limited network coverage. That enabled the AP to provide clients with strong visuals just as the world was waking up to news of the eruption. Throughout the day, he provided stunning photography and videography, including aerial perspectives, while also updating AP colleagues on the developing situation on the ground.

For being the driving force behind our stunning coverage of this volcanic eruption, Marco di Marco wins Best of the Week — First Winner.

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Best of the Week - Second Winner Feb. 16, 2024

Mustian, Goodman pierce veil of CIA secrecy with exclusive about firing of sexual misconduct whistleblower

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By following up with sources in an investigation of sexual harassment and abuse complaints within the CIA, New York-based investigative reporter Jim Mustian and Miami-based Latin America correspondent Joshua Goodman came away with an exclusive.

They reported that the agency fired a woman who publicly accused a male colleague of assaulting her with a scarf and trying to kiss her in a stairwell at CIA headquarters in Virginia in 2022.

The woman’s attorney called the firing a brazen act of retaliation. The CIA denied that but failed to explain why the 36-year-old woman didn’t make it through the agency’s clandestine officer training program and, unlike many classmates, was not hired into another job.

For breaking news about, perhaps, the most secretive agency in the U.S. government, Mustian and Goodman win the Best of the Week — Second Winner.

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