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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
news agency
▪ According to reports by the Soviet news agency Tass, fighting in Kabul itself abated on March 7.
▪ According to the ITAR-TASS news agency the referendum call was voted down because of alleged breaches in the law during the collection of signatures.
▪ She claims proudly that one news agency had more requests for that photograph than any other that year.
▪ The Interfax news agency reported that Pope rejected Putin's offer, saying he preferred to wait for his own doctors.
news agency

n. An organisation that gathers and distributes news.

news agency

n. an agency to collects news reports for newspapers and distributes it electronically [syn: press agency, wire service, press association, news organization, news organisation]

News agency

A news agency is an organization that gathers news reports and sells them to subscribing news organizations, such as newspapers, magazines and radio and television broadcasters. A news agency may also be referred to as a wire service, newswire, or news service.

There are many news agencies around the world, but there are global news agencies with offices in most countries of the world and cover all areas of information: Agence France-Presse, Associated Press and Reuters. All three began with and continue to operate on a basic philosophy of providing a single objective news feed to all subscribers; they do not provide separate feeds for conservative or liberal newspapers. Jonathan Fenby explains the philosophy:

[T]o achieve such wide acceptability, the agencies avoid overt partiality. Demonstrably correct information is their stock in trade. Traditionally, they report at a reduced level of responsibility, attributing their information to a spokesman, the press, or other sources. They avoid making judgments and steer clear of doubt and ambiguity. Though their founders did not use the word, objectivity is the philosophical basis for their enterprises – or failing that, widely acceptable neutrality.

Usage examples of "news agency".

The suggestion had come from Gunther Bock, and the actual body of the machine had been purchased as scrap from a Syrian TV news agency which had replaced it with a new model.

First, the boss referred to is not the boss of the police but the boss of the Central News Agency.

Or they could be from a Tayun news agency, looking for a story on the last member of the Lodis family.

We're just like China now, where everything goes through the official news agency.

For example, in 1872, the Briton Julius de Reuter (founder of the news agency) obtained exclusive rights to Iran’.

The equipment that you had with you was purpose-designed -- hardly the kind of gadgetry that a news agency issues its staff, you have to admit.

This one's from the Korean Central News Agency-that's the official North Korean government bureau of propaganda.