Cost-Conscious AP Initiative explained

“I had not heard of a formal ‘Cost-Conscious AP’ program before today,” a Romenesko reader writes in an email that includes a link to the ad below.

I asked AP spokesman Paul Colford about it. He writes:

The cost-conscious effort, under way companywide for some time, has focused aggressively on spending, apart from payroll.aplogo This has involved a comprehensive review of all contracts with outside vendors, a hard look at achieving savings in smartphone usage, a renegotiation of leases at some of AP’s many office locations worldwide, as well as a switch in large offices to networked copy machines. These are some of the highlights, combined with a campaign to foster greater staff awareness of ways to cut everyday costs, that have resulted in substantial savings companywide.

* AP seeks undergraduate student to be part of Cost-Conscious AP initiative