Wire services provide news reports to media outlets, and are also called news agencies, news cooperatives, and news services.

Wire services prepare hard-news articles, features, and other material to be used by media outlets, with little or no editing needed. Some wire services also send photos, infographics and broadcast reports.

The service charges for access to their material. Some also charge for separate items.

The form of the wire service is not uniform. Corporate models may simply sell their service while cooperatives of news outlets share their articles with other members. Press release wire services charge creators of content to distribute their news. Government-operated, nonprofit, and alternative media networks are other forms of wire services.

International wire services:

Some major newspapers or newspaper chains also operate wire services.