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Reuters offers multimedia news free to digital publishers

Reuters for the first time will offer a subset of its text, pictures, video and multimedia news free to digital publishers for redistribution.

Digital publishers can now download and use a limited set of free, ready-to-publish Reuters news items per month. Users will be able to search and view content without registration, requiring only a log-in to download content from its publisher platform Reuters Media Express.

Reuters said that as the media industry navigates the unprecedented shift to digital publishing and online news consumption, it is committed to innovating and challenging conventional models in order to help publishers and expose more readers to its award-winning news content.

It could expand usage and offerings in Media Express. The company said it would pursue expansion via its Reuters Live Online service and a content solutions business that supplies brands with custom content.

Steven Schwartz, global managing director, said: "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. 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."

It is the first time in Reuters’ 163-year history that it has offered its content free of charge to publishers on this scale. ■

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