wire service


Definition of wire service

: a news agency that sends out syndicated news copy to subscribers by wire or by satellite transmission

Examples of wire service in a Sentence

The story was reported by several wire services.
Recent Examples on the Web Diplomatic sources at the United Nations told wire services late Wednesday that Iraq finally had agreed to honor all U.N. resolutions dealing with its invasion of Kuwait – one of the main conditions of Bush’s cease-fire offer. Judy Wiessler, Houston Chronicle, "‘Iraq’s army is defeated’," 25 Oct. 2019 According to local reports and wire services, mobs torched buildings and train stations, furious that the law would help Hindu immigrants from Bangladesh become lawful citizens. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "Violent protests in India over immigration law as PM Modi calls for calm," 16 Dec. 2019 Some fifty thousand words from the major wire services followed. Alex Marzano-lesnevich, Harper's magazine, "Body Language," 25 Nov. 2019 For current events, the Associated Negro Press provided a wire service specifically for black papers. Julia Guarneri, Smithsonian, "How Syndicated Columns, Comics and Stories Forever Changed the News Media," 31 Oct. 2019 While local papers could buy breaking news from wire services (or send their own reporters), feature syndicates provided detailed illustrated articles on topics like politics in the Balkans, archaeology in Egypt, or diamond mining in Brazil. Julia Guarneri, Smithsonian, "How Syndicated Columns, Comics and Stories Forever Changed the News Media," 31 Oct. 2019 The game was also broadcast live on the radio and telegraphed updates were instantly available to newspapers through wire services, courtesy of the fellows in the front row. Bulletin Board, Twin Cities, "Sunday Bulletin Board: When her dad and her brother went out to hunt pheasants, what was her job?," 27 Oct. 2019 Kleinbard worked as a reporter for the Doylestown Daily Intelligencer in Pennsylvania and later was a reporter and editor for the United Press International wire service from 1961 until 1964, working in Philadelphia and London. Bob Goldsborough, chicagotribune.com, "Jonathan Kleinbard, University of Chicago official who reached out to neighborhoods, dies," 8 Nov. 2019 Many of the stories that appear on OAN are bare bones, straight news — particularly the crime, business and international headlines sourced from wire services. San Diego Union-Tribune, "One America News counts Trump as a fan. But the San Diego channel is fighting for millions more viewers," 27 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of wire service

1887, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wire service was in 1887

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21 Jan 2020

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“Wire service.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wire%20service. Accessed 29 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of wire service

: a news organization that sends news stories to many newspapers, magazines, etc.

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