The Global News Agencies
This chapter looks at the role of the ‘Big three’ global agencies – Reuters, Agence France-Presse and Associated Press – as providers and translators of foreign news information. It discusses three factors contributing to the widespread reproduction of agency news content: the ready-to-publish nature of agency news; a lack of original foreign reporting; and news aggregators republishing agency content for a growing online audience. A reliance on agency content among the mainstream British press is seen in reproductions of Reuters news reports in the Mail Online, Telegraph Online and Daily Telegraph. The importance and predominance of quotation in written news is discussed and examined in the top stories published on Reuters’ website. The chapter underlines that quotations in foreign news reporting are very often agency-authored translations.
KeywordsNews translation Quotation Global news agencies Foreign news Reuters British press
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