By Jack Limpert
Paul Stevens, retired from the Associated Press, has an email newsletter, Connecting, for AP staff and alumni and Monday he posted a news test that was given in the 1970s and ‘80s to prospective AP employees. Part A gave applicants notes for a story and asked them to use the notes to write a 250-350 word spot news story. Part B had notes for a 250-350 word feature story. Then there were examples of bad writing to be corrected and a spelling test. Finally, there were notes on a sports story and applicants were asked to write a 150-word story for the news wire and a 100-word story for the broadcast wire.