Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: December 16, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412972048 | Print ISBN: 9780761929574 | Online ISBN: 9781412972048| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Richard K. Popp
News syndicates license content for use in newspapers and on websites. Separate companies syndicate programming for broadcasters. Wire services, which focus on breaking news, have traditionally been treated as a separate industry from news syndication. However, the consolidating environment of recent decades has seen growing overlap between the two. The industry's leading syndication firms in the twenty-first century included the Associated Press (AP), Tribune Media Services (TMS), New York Times Syndicate, Washington Post Writers Group, Creators Syndicate, King Features, and Universal Press Syndicate. Syndicator products include news, opinion pieces, reviews, advice columns, crosswords, comics, and nearly anything else that can fill a news hole. Syndicates allow their clients to offer an array of content and spread the cost of expensive features across a large number of subscribers. Syndicated material can detract from a media outlet's communal qualities, however, when nationally homogenized content is substituted for locally distinct material. Indeed, news ...