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News Sources

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The news comes from the public sphere where all information is broadcasted. Some news takes its way to the publications by interested stakeholders, or through intermediary channels - the news agencies - while others publish the news through their own journalists, because it carries important elements where  lack of printed is considered denial of readers' rights. In general, the news channels can be summarized as follows:

 

 

Publication's staff:

This refers to the editing staff whose main task – regardless of their titles – is news gathering and provide to the agency. In general, the journalist is daily involved - according to area of concern in the newspaper – in gathering and investigating the news of his/her department. This investigation is conducted through daily observations, or attending public meetings, press conferences and events or visiting public institutions ... etc.

 

 

News agencies:

There are many international news agencies; the most prominent are the Agence France-Presse "AFP" in France and "Reuters" of the UK. These agencies provide continuous news service in many languages, including Arabic as well as technical services including pictures and graphics among others. There are also local news agencies operating in the Arab countries. Lebanon has a single State-run- news agency providing official news in addition to several private sector news agencies. Some of these local agencies supply international news and pictures. The majority of Arab local news agencies make their internet websites accessible for the public.

 

 

The media:

The media represents sources of news stories for other media organizations and feed of the latest headlines, delivering fast and accurate coverage of the events. In many cases the news appears in a single news agency and move through many different agencies globally. Some leading international news networks, such as "CNN" and "Aljazeera", became sources of news and quoted by other news agencies and print media. In Lebanon for example, some radio stations are still considered main sources of news, particularly exclusive statements quoted by agencies and publications.


In this context, we can add the internet, particularly the "web" service, as media outlets that broadcast the news.
Internet has allowed the formal publication of news stories through mainstream media outlets as well as blogs and other self-published news stories. Journalists working on the internet have been referred to as "Bloggers", who act in the role of journalists disseminating newsworthy information.

 

 

Media services presented to institutions and individuals:

Many individuals andcompaniesseek experienced freelance journalist services orspecialized press agenciesto deliver their newsto media institutionson marketing basisandpromote effective dissemination of news and information. The process requiresestablishing good relationships with the institutions' staff. The desired services includenews editing and attachingpictures- when necessary- before being dispatched to press organizations.

 

 

Audience

Very often, the process begins with reporting, as sensitive stories do not fall into our hands. They may begin with a tip from a source; a single person (who has a grievance or witnesses an incident) supplies an entire story over the phone to a journalist or news organization
. But those tips are just the beginning of long, painstaking work.