Hearst Newspapers and Leading News Organizations Launch NewsRight
(Press Release) NEW YORK, January 5, 2012—Twenty-nine major news and information companies have signed on as initial investors and participants in NewsRight, an independent digital rights and content licensing organization led by former ABC News President David Westin. NewsRight aims to support original news reporting by facilitating the use of published news content and data analytics with the permission of publishers.
The 29 founding organizations of NewsRight (full list below) opens up access to a rich and diverse set of original news reports from 841 websites representing newspapers with a combined daily circulation of more than 147 million Americans and a monthly content viewership of nearly 170 million web readers. Their initial investment demonstrates unprecedented support across the publishing industry for an easy method to license published digital news reports.
"More news is available more ways than ever in history. But if reliable information is to continue to flourish, the companies investing in creating content need efficient ways to license it as broadly as possible," said NewsRight President and CEO David Westin. "NewsRight's mission is to make sure consumers continue to benefit from the all the original news reporting they want while ensuring those who republish content do so with integrity."
1. Provide new and easy ways to license news content.
NewsRight will make it easy for third parties to obtain legal clearance to use news content from participating publishers, while providing the publishers with licensing support and insight into the use of their content.
2. Provide powerful new insight into the use and impact of news content.
NewsRight will make it easy for publishers and third parties to access and use these data in editorial, marketing, advertising, public relations and other contexts involving the analysis of news events. Using the News Registry, a content measurement system developed at the Associated Press, NewsRight currently measures several billion impressions a month on news content from participating publishers. NewsRight participants and clients will receive real-time measurements about news patterns and how registered content is being used across digital platforms. The UP 2011 Cloud Awards recognized the News Registry as the Exceptional Enterprise Cloud User.