Best of the AP

Best of the Week - First Winner Dec. 02, 2022

Greater China staff delivers swift, compelling coverage of unprecedented lockdown protests

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Even by the standards of Chinese state surveillance, the capital of the Xinjiang region stands out for the scope of repression. So, when protests broke out in Urumqi against coronavirus restrictions, AP journalists knew something unusual was happening.

It started with an apartment fire blamed by many on China’s harsh coronavirus measures. Dake Kang, who has covered the region closely for the past five years, scored an early interview with a relative of victims of the fire, beating out competitors. By reaching out to people on the ground online, Taipei-based writer Huizhong Wu confirmed protests that had followed, adding critical eyewitness accounts.

Within 24 hours of the fire, Chinese social media was swamped with anti-government messages – people angry at restrictions that have locked them into their homes for weeks or months at a time, and critically blaming the leadership. In a country where media is restricted, residents are surveilled, and individuals are punished for speaking out against authority, this was extraordinary.

As unrest spread, AP staff in Beijing, Bangkok and Hong Kong used all their tools and cooperated across borders to produce swift, careful coverage of the unprecedented demonstrations, earning Best of the Week 1st winner.

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Best of the Week - Second Winner Dec. 02, 2022

AP World Cup coverage extends far beyond the games

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The World Cup is arguably the largest political, social and economic event in sports and it required a plan for coverage that went far beyond the games. The World Cup staff covered multiple angles in all formats during the first week of the tournament in Qatar. Among the examples that resonated far beyond football fans: Mideast correspondent Isabel DeBre and Persian Gulf and Iran news director Jon Gambrell reported a story about migrant workers watching the World Cup far from the glitzy stadiums they helped build in and around Doha; Climate reporter Suman Naishadham wrote about Lusail City, the ultra-modern and mostly empty city near Doha built for this World Cup with an uncertain future. Theirs were among a multitude of stories that gained traction with both readers of AP platforms and customers.

For resonant coverage that extended far beyond sports, AP's coverage of the World Cup is this week's Second Winner.

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