For the first time, Reuters will offer a portion of its multimedia news content for free to digital publishers through its publisher platform, Reuters Media Express. The platform offers users access to a 30-day archive of content in order to find text, pictures, graphics, video and online reports on a particular subject. It also offers access to editorial planning tools and breaking news alerts. The move by Reuters marks the first time in its more than 160- year history that the multimedia news provider has offered its content free-of-charge to publishers at this scale.
Digital publishers can now download and use a limited set of free, ready-to-publish Reuters news items per month – including text, pictures, video and multimedia packages. Produced by Reuters’ more than 2,500 staff journalists worldwide, available content covers world news, finance, business, sports, health, and entertainment politics. The move will also allow users to search and view content without registration, only requiring a log-in to download content from the Media Express site.
“We are committed to innovating so that even more digital publishers and bloggers can take advantage of Reuters high-quality, relevant multimedia content to engage their audiences,” said Steven Schwartz, global managing director. “As the industry transforms we are willing to disrupt traditional approaches to gain insights and help news publishing flourish, while also growing our reach and our business.”
In the coming months, Reuters will continue to expand its offering, adding to its recently-launched live service for digital publishers, Reuters Live Online, and its Content Solutions business that delivers content for top global brands and publishers that require custom content for native advertising opportunities, social engagement and more.