news agency


news agency

noun

: an organization that collects and gives news to newspapers, magazines, television news programs, and radio stations

Full Definition of NEWS AGENCY

:  an organization that supplies news to subscribing newspapers, periodicals, and newscasters

First Known Use of NEWS AGENCY

1873

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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