news agency noun
: an organization that collects and gives news to newspapers, magazines, television news programs, and radio stations
: an organization that supplies news to subscribing newspapers, periodicals, and newscasters
First Known Use of NEWS AGENCY
news agency noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
Organization that gathers, writes, and distributes news to newspapers, periodicals, radio and television broadcasters, government agencies, and other users. It does not publish news itself but supplies news to subscribers, who, by sharing costs, obtain services they could not otherwise afford. All the mass media depend on agencies for the bulk of the news they carry. Some agencies focus on special subjects or on a local area or nation. Many news agencies are cooperatives, with members providing news from their area to a pool for general use. The largest news agencies are United Press International, Associated Press, Reuters, and Agence France-Presse.
Variants of NEWS AGENCY
news agency or news service or wire service
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