The News As a Network
What is news? News is an unpublished account of human behavior, which seeks either to inform, entertain, or educate the reader. The first requirement of news, therefore, is that the news must not have already been published somewhere else before. It must come to the public’s attention for the first time. That means that the newspaper, television station, or other media outlet has to be the source of the news, rather than someone acting as a purveyor of news to the public.
There are many news agencies and publications that provide news services to various sectors of the population. Some news agencies or publications are part of larger news organizations that have national distribution. Some news agencies or publications are part of part-time newspapers that are geographically dispersed over a small area, such as one city or region in a country. In the United States, most newspapers operate as a commercial news service, and the majority of them are owned by larger news agencies and publications that own news distribution capabilities.
Agence France-Presse, the French language newspaper, is one of the world’s largest newspapers. Agence France-Presse was launched in Newspaper Repository Services, Inc. on May 3, 1992. The company provides news services to more than one hundred newspapers and news agencies in France, the surrounding region of Savoy, and several adjoining countries. The company owns and operates from multiple printing plants around the world.
Other major news agencies and publications are The Associated Press and The New York Times, both of which are managed by a corporation known as Newswire. Both news agencies are part of the AP, which is controlled by Advance Publications, Inc. All news agencies are required by law to meet high quality standards regarding accuracy and balance. These agencies employ hundreds of newsroom employees, along with correspondents from various countries, to deliver the daily dispatches to their readers. The news service employs a staff of reporters to cover stories for various newspapers and magazines.
There are many smaller news agencies that are industry driven and specialize in certain topics, such as business, health, education, finance, and technology. Some of these news agencies are not well established as media entities, although they may be beginning to create a name for themselves. A few examples of small news agencies include the Canadian Press, the Canadian Free Press, and the Financial Times Europe.
There are many large news agencies that have been around for years and have established themselves as credible news providers. These large news agencies include Agence France-Presse, the BBC, and CNN, all of which cover a variety of subjects and areas of news. The BBC is the only British news agency to have achieved global success, and it is largely due to its worldwide ambitions. CNN is accredited to provide live news coverage on almost every part of the globe.