Associated Press

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Founded in New York in 1846, the Associated Press (AP) is a consortium of journalists dedicated to breaking important news stories at the national and international levels. Initially, the AP relied on couriers on horseback sponsored by five New York City newspapers to relay news of the U.S.-Mexico War as quickly as possible. As new technologies have developed, including carrier pigeon, railroad, telegraph, steamship, radio, and eventually the internet, the AP has utilized them to convey its reporting on important events. In the mid-to-late nineteenth century, the AP helped to create a national sense of community by ensuring that people in all sectors of the United States would receive essentially the same news dispatches.