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:

  • Agence France-Presse
  • All Headline News (AHN)
  • ANP (The Netherlands)
  • ANSA (Italy)
  • Associated Press (USA)
  • Australian Associated Press
  • BASA-press (Republic of Moldova)
  • British Broadcasting Corporation, and
  • Bloomberg L.P., Web site, USA
  • Canadian Press, Web site
  • Canadian University Press, Web site
  • China News Service (China)
  • City News Bureau of Chicago
  • Cox Enterprises
  • DPA (Germany)
  • EFE
  • EIN News
  • Independent Television News
  • Israel News Agency (Israel)
  • ITIM (Israel)
  • ITAR-TASS (Russia)
  • Kyodo News (Japan)
  • Nippon News (Japan)
  • OANA
  • The Press Association (UK)
  • Pacific News Service
  • Press Trust of India
  • Reuters (UK)
  • United Press International
  • Xinhua News Agency (China)
  • Yonhap (Korea)

Some major newspapers or newspaper chains also operate wire services.