How should an on-demand editorial services provider like AFP-Services, cover the two major elections (presidential and legislative) taking place in France this spring, for the most visited website in the country, according to ACPM (a monitoring entity for the press and the media)? This was a challenge the journalists on our team accepted, from early March to late June 2017.
AFP-Services covered the 4th edition of the Islamic games, in Baku, Azerbaidjan this year, with an unprecedented organizational plan. AFP-Services mobilized 19 people overall – journalists in three languages, photographers and photo editors.
On one rainy and foggy morning, as only November sees them, came a request from the European Commission asking the video service to put together an image bank on the Vocational Education and Training (VET).
AFP-Services, the photo and video contractor for the European Commission, was asked to cover the European Union’s official visit to Tehran, Iran. Eight Commissioners were present, including the High Representative, Federica Mogherini. The visit followed the lifting of the embargo and the agreements concerning the Iranian nuclear program.
In April 2015, AFP-Services covered a visit by the European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides, to Nepal days after a devastating earthquake decimated the capital Kathmandu, leaving more than 8,000 dead and 21,000 injured.
In November 2014, during the height of the Ebola epidemic sweeping across Guinea, Liberia and Sierre Leone, AFP-Services dispatched a team into the hot zones to cover the work of two UN organizations - UNDP, UNFPA - and the European Commission on the ground in trying to bring this deadly outbreak under control.