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NEW YORK Aug 12 Time Warner Inc's (TWX.N) CNN
plans to double its newsgathering presence in the United
States, even as threats of an advertising recession have led to
job cuts at other news organizations.
The pioneer global cable news network said on Tuesday it
will double the number of regions from which its newsgathering
staffs operate to 20. It will begin operations in Columbus,
Ohio; Denver; Houston; Las Vegas; Minneapolis; Orlando,
Florida; Philadelphia; Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina; and
CNN will hire a handful of new employees, while reassigning
some current employees to new jobs. The goal is to have a mix
of traditional network correspondents and what CNN calls
"all-platform journalists" or APJs, who gather news using
lightweight kits that include laptops, cameras and editing
tools for Internet as well as on-air programming in all 20
"Everyone's a reporter now," Nancy Lane, senior vice
president of newsgathering for CNN/U.S., said in an interview.
"Even our viewers."
Lane said APJs will not replace traditional correspondents,
but will be supplemental to news coverage.
The latest move comes after CNN said last November it
planned its biggest global expansion in 27 years by more
heavily staffing international regions including the United
CNN has said it aimed to own more of the programming it
runs on the Internet and on-air, rather than relying on news
"Our technological innovations allow our reporters to be at
the center of more breaking news events and developing stories
across the United States, with greater independence and
mobility than ever before," Lane said in a statement.
"This expansion is a critical component of CNN Worldwide's
overall strategy for increased content ownership," said Lane.
(Reporting by Kenneth Li; Editing by Brian Moss, Richard