News agency


A news agency is an organization that gathers news reports and sells them to subscribing news organizations, such as newspapers, magazines and radio and television broadcasters. A news agency may also be referred to as a wire service, newswire, or news service.

Reuters, Bonn 1988

Although there are many news agencies around the world, four global news agencies, Agence France-Presse (AFP), Associated Press (AP), Reuters and United Press International (UPI) have offices in most countries of the world, cover all areas of information, and provide the majority of international news printed by the world's newspapers.[1][2] All four began with and continue to operate on a basic philosophy of providing a single objective news feed to all subscribers; they do not provide separate feeds for conservative or liberal newspapers.[3] Jonathan Fenby explains the philosophy:

To achieve such wide acceptability, the agencies avoid overt partiality. Demonstrably correct information is their stock in trade. Traditionally, they report at a reduced level of responsibility, attributing their information to a spokesman, the press, or other sources. They avoid making judgments and steer clear of doubt and ambiguity. Though their founders did not use the word, objectivity is the philosophical basis for their enterprises – or failing that, widely acceptable neutrality.[3]

Newspaper syndicates generally sell their material to one client in each territory only, while news agencies distribute news articles to all interested parties.

History


Only a few large newspapers could afford bureaus outside their home city; they relied instead on news agencies, especially Havas (founded 1835) in France now known as Agence France-Presse (AFP) and the Associated Press (founded 1846) in the United States. Former Havas employees founded Reuters in 1851 in Britain and Wolff in 1849 in Germany.[4] For international news, the agencies pooled their resources, so that Havas, for example, covered the French Empire, South America and the Balkans and shared the news with the other national agencies. In France the typical contract with Havas provided a provincial newspaper with 1800 lines of telegraphed text daily, for an annual subscription rate of 10,000 francs. Other agencies provided features and fiction for their subscribers.[5]

In the 1830s, France had several specialized agencies. Agence Havas was founded in 1835 by a Parisian translator and advertising agent, Charles-Louis Havas, to supply news about France to foreign customers. In the 1840s, Havas gradually incorporated other French agencies into his agency. Agence Havas evolved into Agence France-Presse (AFP).[6] Two of his employees, Bernhard Wolff and Paul Julius Reuter, later set up rival news agencies, Wolffs Telegraphisches Bureau in 1849 in Berlin and Reuters in 1851 in London. Guglielmo Stefani founded the Agenzia Stefani, which became the most important press agency in Italy from the mid-19th century to World War II, in Turin in 1853.

The development of the telegraph in the 1850s led to the creation of strong national agencies in England, Germany, Austria and the United States. But despite the efforts of governments, through telegraph laws such as in 1878 in France, inspired by the British Telegraph Act of 1869 which paved the way for the nationalisation of telegraph companies and their operations, the cost of telegraphy remained high.

In the United States, the judgment in Inter Ocean Publishing v. Associated Press facilitated competition by requiring agencies to accept all newspapers wishing to join. As a result of the increasing newspapers, the Associated Press was now challenged by the creation of United Press Associations in 1907 and International News Service by newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst in 1909.

Driven by the huge U.S. domestic market, boosted by the runaway success of radio, all three major agencies required the dismantling of the "cartel agencies" through the Agreement of 26 August 1927. They were concerned about the success of U.S. agencies from other European countries which sought to create national agencies after the First World War. Reuters had been weakened by war censorship, which promoted the creation of newspaper cooperatives in the Commonwealth and national agencies in Asia, two of its strong areas.

After the Second World War, the movement for the creation of national agencies accelerated, when accessing the independence of former colonies, the national agencies were operated by the State. Reuters, became cooperative, managed a breakthrough in finance, and helped to reduce the number of U.S. agencies from three to one, along with the internationalization of the Spanish EFE and the globalization of Agence France-Presse.

The German Press Agency (dpa) in Germany was founded as a co-operative in Goslar on 18 August 1949 and became a limited liability company in 1951. Fritz Sänger was the first editor-in-chief. He served as managing director until 1955 and as managing editor until 1959. The first transmission occurred at 6 a.m. on 1 September 1949.[7]

In 1924, Benito Mussolini placed Agenzia Stefani under the direction of Manlio Morgagni, who expanded the agency's reach significantly both within Italy and abroad. Agenzia Stefani was dissolved in 1945, and its technical structure and organization were transferred to the new Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata (ANSA). Wolffs was taken over by the Nazi regime in 1934, and Reuters continues to operate as a major international news agency today.[8] In 1865, Reuter and Wolff signed agreements with Havas's sons, forming a cartel designating exclusive reporting zones for each of their agencies within Europe.[9]

Since the 1960s, the major agencies were provided with new opportunities in television and magazine, and news agencies delivered specialized production of images and photos, the demand for which is constantly increasing. In France, for example, they account for over two-thirds of national market.[10]

By the 1980s, the four main news agencies, AFP, AP, UPI and Reuters, provided over 90% of foreign news printed by newspapers around the world.[1]

Commercial services


News agencies can be corporations that sell news (e.g., Press Association, Thomson Reuters, dpa and United Press International). Other agencies work cooperatively with large media companies, generating their news centrally and sharing local news stories the major news agencies may choose to pick up and redistribute (i.e., Associated Press (AP), Agence France-Presse (AFP) or American Press Agency (APA)) and Indian Press Agency PTI.

Governments may also control news agencies: China (Xinhua), France (Agence France-Presse), Russia (TASS), and several other countries have government-funded news agencies which also use information from other agencies as well.[11]

Commercial newswire services charge businesses to distribute their news (e.g., Business Wire, Digpu News Network, GlobeNewswire, PR Newswire, PR Web, news aktuell and Cision).

The major news agencies generally prepare hard news stories and feature articles that can be used by other news organizations with little or no modification, and then sell them to other news organizations. They provide these articles in bulk electronically through wire services (originally they used telegraphy; today they frequently use the Internet). Corporations, individuals, analysts, and intelligence agencies may also subscribe.

News sources, collectively, described as alternative media provide reporting which emphasizes a self-defined "non-corporate view" as a contrast to the points of view expressed in corporate media and government-generated news releases. Internet-based alternative news agencies form one component of these sources.

Associations


There are several different associations of news agencies. EANA is the European Alliance of Press Agencies, while the OANA is an association of news agencies of the Asia-Pacific region. MINDS is a global network of leading news agencies collaborating in new media business.

List of major news agencies


NameAbbrev.Country
Adnkronos Italy
America Pioneer News United States
Agence France-PresseAFP France
Agência BrasilABR Brazil
Agenparl Italy
Agenzia stampa MobilitàMobilità Italy
AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press AgencyAvionews Italy
EFA News - European Food AgencyEFA News Italy
Agencia EFEEFE Spain
Agenția de Presă RADOR (National Radio)Rador Romania
Agenția Română de PresăAGERPRES Romania
Agenzia Giornalistica ItaliaAGI Italy
Agenzia Nazionale Stampa AssociataANSA Italy
AKIpress News Agency Kyrgyzstan
Algemeen Nederlands PersbureauANP Netherlands
Algeria Press ServiceAPS Algeria
All Headline NewsAHN United States
Anadolu AgencyAA Turkey
Antara Indonesia
Armenpress Armenia
Asian News InternationalANI India
Associated PressAP United States
Associated Press ServiceAPS Pakistan
Associated Press of PakistanAPP Pakistan
Athens News Agency-Macedonian Press AgencyAMNA Greece
Australian Associated PressAAP Australia
Austria Presse AgenturAPA Austria
Azerbaijan Press AgencyAPA Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan State Telegraph AgencyAzerTAc Azerbaijan
Bahrain News AgencyBNA Bahrain
Bakhtar News Agency Afghanistan
Baltic News ServiceBNS Estonia
Bangladesh Sangbad ShangsthaBSS Bangladesh
BelgaBELGA Belgium
Bhartiya Broadcast India
Bloomberg News United States
BNO News Netherlands
Bulgarian Telegraph AgencyBTA Bulgaria
Canadian PressCP Canada
Caribbean Broadcasting UnionCBU Barbados
Caribbean Media CorporationCMC Barbados
Caribbean News AgencyCANA Barbados
CCTV+ China
Central News Agency Taiwan
China News ServiceCNS China
Croatian News Agency Croatia
Czech News AgencyCTK Czech Republic
Demirören News AgencyDHA Turkey
Deutsche Presse-AgenturDPA Germany
Dispatch News DeskDND Pakistan
Digpu News NetworkDNN India
Dow Jones Newswires United States
Emirates News AgencyWAM United Arab Emirates
European News Agency BelgiumENAB Europe
European Pressphoto AgencyEPA Europe
Fars News AgencyFNA Iran
Fourth Estate 4E  United States
Islamic Consultative Assembly News AgencyICANA Iran
İhlas News AgencyIHA Turkey
Islamic Republic News AgencyIRNA Iran
Iranian Students' News AgencyISNA Iran
Heyatyar News Agency Iran
Indo-Asian News ServiceIANS India
Interfax Russia
Inter Press ServiceIPS Italy
Jewish Telegraphic Agency United States
Jiji Press Japan
Kenya News AgencyKNA Kenya
Korean Central News AgencyKCNA North Korea
Kyodo News Japan
Lankapuvath Sri Lanka
Lao News AgencyKPL Laos
LaPresse Italy
Lusa News AgencyLUSA Portugal
Maghreb Arabe PresseMAP Morocco
Magyar Távirati IrodaMTI Hungary
Malaysian National News AgencyBERNAMA Malaysia
Namibia Press AgencyNAMPA Namibia
National Iraqi News AgencyNINA Iraq
New Zealand Press AssociationNZPA New Zealand
News Agency of NigeriaNAN Nigeria
Norsk TelegrambyråNTB Norway
Notimex Mexico
Pacnews New Zealand
Pakistan Press InternationalPPI Pakistan
PanARMENIAN.Net Armenia
Philippine News AgencyPNA Philippines
Polska Agencja PrasowaPAP Poland
Press AssociationPA United Kingdom
Pressclub Information AgencyPIA Bulgaria
Press Trust of IndiaPTI India
Qatar News AgencyQNA Qatar
Reuters United Kingdom
Ritzaus BureauRitzau Denmark
Rossiya Segodnya Russia
Ruptly Russia
Russian News Agency TASSTASS Russia
Saba News Agency or Yemen News AgencySABA Yemen
Saudi Press AgencySPA Saudi Arabia
Schweizerische DepeschenagenturSDA  Switzerland
SportsInput Newswire SportsInput United States
Samachar BhartiSB India
Slovenian Press AgencySTA Slovenia
Syrian Arab News AgencySANA Syria
TahitipresseATP French Polynesia
Tanjug Serbia
Telenoticiosa AmericanaTELAM Argentina
Tidningarnas TelegrambyråTT Sweden
Turkmenistan State News AgencyTDH Turkmenistan
UNI India
United News of BangladeshUNB Bangladesh
United Press InternationalUPI United States
World Entertainment News NetworkWENN United Kingdom
Vietnam News Agency Vietnam
Via News AgencyVIANEWS Portugal
Xinhua News AgencyXINHUA China
Yonhap News AgencyYONHAP South Korea
ZUMA Press United States

List of commercial newswire services


See also


References


  1. "The Big Four". New Internationalist. 1981-06-01. Retrieved 2020-10-29.
  2. Alleyne, Mark D.; Wagner, Janet (1993). "Stability and Change at the "Big Five" News Agencies". Journalism Quarterly. 70 (1): 40–50. doi:10.1177/107769909307000105. ISSN 0022-5533. S2CID 143044538.
  3. Jonathan Fenby, The International News Services (1986) p. 25
  4. Jonathan Fenby, The International News Services (1986).
  5. Theodore Zeldin, France: 1848–1945 (1977) 2: 538–539
  6. Broderick, James F.; Darren W. Miller (2007). Consider the source: A Critical Guide to 100 Prominent News and Information Sites on the Web. Information Today, Inc. pp. 1. ISBN 978-0-910965-77-4.
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  8. "Baroness Reuter, last link to news dynasty, dies" Archived 2015-09-24 at the Wayback Machine, Reuters, January 25, 2009. Retrieved February 12, 2013.
  9. "Ch 7 Telegraph" Archived 2013-08-01 at the Wayback Machine, Revolutions in Communication: Media history from Gutenberg to the digital age (2010). Retrieved February 12, 2013.
  10. « Statistiques d’entreprises des industries culturelles », par Valérie Deroin, Secrétariat général Délégation au développement et aux affaires internationales au sein du Département des études, de la prospective et des statistiques [permanent dead link]
  11. Boyd-Barrett, Oliver, ed. (2010). News Agencies in the Turbulent Era of the Internet. Generalitat de Catalunya. ISBN 978-84-393-8303-1

Further reading


  • Fenby, Jonathan. The International News Services (1986) [ISBN missing]
  • Gramling, Oliver. AP: The Story of News (1940) [ISBN missing]
  • Kenny, Peter. "News agencies as content providers and purveyors of news: A mediahistoriographical study on the development and diversity of wire services" (MPhil Diss. University of Stellenbosch, 2009) online, with a detailed bibliography pp. 171–200
  • Morris, Joel Alex. The Deadline Every Minute: The Story of the United Press (1957) [ISBN missing]
  • Paterson, Chris A., and Annabelle Sreberny, eds. International news in the 21st Century (University of Luton Press, 2004) [ISBN missing]
  • Putnis, P. "Reuters in Australia: the supply and exchange of news, 1859–1877" Media History (2004). 10#2 pp: 67–88.
  • Read, D. The power of news: the history of Reuters (Oxford UP, 1992). [ISBN missing]
  • Schwarzlose, Richard Allen. The American wire services: a study of their development as a social institution (1979) [ISBN missing]
  • Stephens, M. A history of news (3rd ed. Oxford UP, 2007). [ISBN missing]
  • Sterling, C. H. "News agencies" in Encyclopedia of international media and communications (2003) 3: 235–246.
  • Storey, Graham. Reuter's Century (1951) [ISBN missing]
  • Xin, X. "A developing market in news: Xinhua News Agency and Chinese newspapers" Media, Culture & Society (2006) 28#1 pp: 45–66.