Major News Agencies and Breaking News Services
News (en noun) An announcement of news made by a publicly-stated news agency that conveys information to the public. It may be general, such as an announcement of an upcoming national, local, political, or cultural event; specific, such as a release on the details of a new crime committed in a local jurisdiction; or editorial, such as an announcement of the conclusions of legal proceedings (such as a trial). Another synonym for news is ‘entertainment’. The term is often used colloquially in the UK to describe anything relating to current events. News is also related to advertising. Advertisers, for example, might run television commercials or produce written articles on subjects related to their product.
To make news, a certain event has to occur. A public official can make news when a law is enacted, a president is elected, a concert is held, a product is released, or when any death is announced. In the United States, news is now largely controlled by private commercial interests. Newspapers, radio stations, and television networks all make news. In the UK, news means ‘any news which has been or is likely to be, of interest to the general public’.
In the UK, the Financial Times and Independent Newspapers (Newspapers Limited, London Evening News, Daily Mail, and Daily Telegraph) are generally recognized as the three main national news agencies. They have dedicated teams dedicated to breaking news. The Financial Times also supplies news services to other countries through its Global News division. Other major news agencies in the UK are the BBC, Sky News, and The Guardian.
The Financial Times supplies news to members of the Financial Times Group. Agence France-Presse (French Press Agency) and Agence France-English are other major news agencies in the UK. Agence France-Telecast (French TV) and La French Press (News Corp.) are international news agencies. Al Jazeera America is a US-based cable news agency that provides worldwide coverage. Al Jazeera English and Al Jazeera International are international television news agencies.
Associated Press and The Associated Press Foundation both provide wire services to members of the Associated Press organization. Associated Press publications include the AP Wire Services and the AP Television News Archive. The AP Television News Archive provides archived footage of world events, including the Gulf War. Associated Press Enterprises in the United States includes WRC (The Associated Press Television News), The New York Post, The Root, and various news services.
Breaking news and photographs are necessary for people to get up to speed with what’s going on. The use of the internet and digital photography has made it easier to stay informed. The key to catching breaking news, even when it’s local, is being prepared. Whether it’s a natural disaster or a local political rally, keeping you abreast of the latest newsworthy items is a must on the road to recovery and peace of mind.