A Brief Guide to News Agencies
A Brief Guide to News Agencies
In the world of news, there are some things that are newsworthy and some things that are not. For example, a news story about a serial killer being caught or a national event that causes a cultural outrage are not newsworthy. On the other hand, news of missing children and their parents is newsworthy. A family finding out that their child has been stolen or has run away is newsworthy. This could be one of the most disturbing stories in recent history.
Another type of news is that which is reported by the news media. These include stories that are published in newspapers and television news shows. While many people consider the broadsheet style publications of the news media to be biased against their own political party, the fact is that newspapers publish news stories as they occur, regardless of whether they support one party or another. Thus, if a reporter does not report something that is newsworthy, the paper itself will not publish it.
Some newspapers have chosen to operate in a self-service model of reporting news. These publications tend to hire local newspapers from towns and neighborhoods that are closer to their headquarters and feature local stories over nationally focused stories. These publications often cover local government and industry news. While the vast majority of newspapers operate in this model, the New York Times actually strives to remain balanced between its national and local news coverage.
Other large newspapers that serve cities and metropolitan areas around the country tend to operate in much larger newsroom operations that are more similar to television news. Many of these papers now have in-depth business models that focus on both national and local business news. While the vast majority of newspapers are privately owned, some are now part of larger conglomerates that own multiple daily newspapers. These newspapers receive greater revenues from their larger ownership groups because they can provide better local coverage and monetize their brands.
Smaller community newspapers that rely on subscription sales are much like magazines, in that they are also profitable and can provide excellent local news services. However, unlike magazines, these newspapers do not sell advertising. Instead, they obtain their news agency supplies from news agencies all over the country and through different news distribution services such as wire services, online and print news distribution, and community newspapers. This news agency purchase price helps the newspapers pay for local newsprint and publish it for their readers free of charge.
Major newspapers and media outlets are very similar, with some differences such as larger news agencies that have a regional focus, national focus, and international focus. Many major newspapers today have established digital online presence. Many online news agencies have also begun to expand into providing news feeds to websites and to providing text-based news reports through e-mails to recipients. Some other news agencies are beginning to provide video news feeds and podcasting content.