The World-Wide Web

Major News Agencies and Broadband Internet

Worldwide news services offer reports, global trends, and political and environmental news from various sources. They are a source of information and knowledge on local events, economies, politics, the environment, health, and technology. They can be subscribed to either free of charge or at a fee. There are several worldwide news agencies which offer their news services via the Internet.

The World Service (WSO) is an international independent news agency and is headquartered in New York. It was founded by Paul G Johnson in 1963. The WSO advances a progressive global perspective through investigative reporting, non-technical news services, and citizen involvement. The WSO reports include breaking news on natural disasters, political affairs, consumer concerns, world trade and technological developments. The French Press Association (FPA), which is the largest press organization in France, is a partner of the WSO. The FPA works closely with the World Service and has provided a list of accredited news agencies which are authorized by the French Press Association to provide worldwide news services.

Associated Press (AP) is one of the most relied upon news agencies worldwide. The AP has English and Spanish editions. The AP News Wire Service (APNS) is the major international online news distribution platform for global AP reporting. It provides news services to its registered members and non-members. Associated Press news agencies are located in the U.S., U.K., India, Japan, China, Korea, Germany, Australia, Netherlands, Spain, Egypt, Sweden, Switzerland, and Brasil.

The RFEI news agency was launched in 1965. It is one of the founding members of the Association of Press News Publishers (APN). RFEI provides state-of-the-art multimedia products and services to the professional association of commercial news reporters and news agencies. The global reach of RFEI makes it an important part of the global information market. Other major news agencies affiliated with the Associated Press are the New York Times, BBC, CNN, Agence France-presse and Agence Global.

CENS is the U.S. based non-profit organization providing comprehensive online foreign news and events. CENS is an initiative of the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts. The mission of CENS is to promote access to alternative and non-traditional media and empower the global community to share news and information. Other major news agencies associated with CENS are the wire services and video news agencies.

Global Witness is a division of the Associated Press that strives to bring people together to build bridges across cultural and economic divides. It aims at promoting environment-friendly development and the promotion of media pluralism. It is a not for profit media organization that reports on issues related to media freedom, media diversity and media fairs. The division includes correspondents in more than 100 countries. Other major news agencies associated with Global Witness are the AP, Agence France-Presse and the Associated Press internationally.