Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Wires Hum with Activity as Locals Think Globally

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Wires Hum with Activity as Locals Think Globally

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News services add dozens of clients as papers tap wires to provide info on the 'big story' abroad

In the past, Editor Stan Tiner never worried about getting enough international news in The Sun Herald of Gulfport, Miss. For most of his readers, stories about the Middle East were not nearly as interesting as riverboat-gambling revenue or the start of the local oyster season.

But after the earth-shattering events of Sept. 11, Tiner decided that the four news wires he used were not enough, and signed up with the New York Times News Service. "They seem to be especially good at the big story," Tiner told E&P. "It's a little insurance."

Tiner isn't alone. Since the terrorist attacks on America, news services from Washington to Los Angeles report a marked increase in new customers and in the number of items -- especially photos and graphics -- being taken from their wires.

"We've really seen a huge pick-up," said Walter Mahoney, a spokesman for Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services (KRT), which has had a 30% increase in Web site purchases, and signed on 16 college newspapers for its campus news service.

At the Los Angeles Times-Washington Post News Service, at least 15 new clients have signed on, including many from foreign countries, said Rob Cleland, vice president of marketing and technology. …

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