Open-News Business Model

Open News Business Model, Backed by Open Source:

The Internet and social media have drastically affected traditional news and journalism business models. But smart news gathering organizations are striking back, and open source tools like the Apache Lucene search engine are proving invaluable. In simple terms, open-news platform is all about giving access to the institution’s contents via a set of APIs that can be used by third party applications.

The newspaper industry isn’t the first market that comes to mind when most people think of sophisticated technology solutions. However, the second-oldest newspaper in the UK is proving that the press can evolve and innovative in both technical and business realms. Using content, search, cloud computing and open source, the company has introduced a new business model: A news content platform.
The Open Platform consists of 3 tiers:

1. Keyless: Take Guardian headlines and partner keeps all associate revenue.
2. Approved: Partner takes full article content with advertisements. Guardian keeps ad revenue, partner keeps rest-of-page revenue.
3. Bespoke/Custom: Partner takes full content, reformats, augments, etc. Revenue model is negotiated.

News Companies Offering APIs for their news:

Here are the few companies that are offering their contents via various APIs:

The Guardian – Open Platform

The Open Platform is the suite of services that enable developers to build applications with the Guardian. The Content API is the flagship service within the Open Platform. It’s a tool for selecting and collecting Guardian content through a database of articles and multimedia published daily. There is over 1M articles available published as far back as 1999.

The Guardian API Details


Data Formats:

API home:

Usage Limits:
5,000 API queries per day. You may store Guardian content for no longer than 24 hours.

API Request Example:

Returned Data:

<response status="ok" total="96073" start-index="1" current-page="1" pages="9608" order-by="newest">
<content id="politics/2011/jun/15/cameron-miliband-clash-benefits-for-cancer-patients" section-id="politics" section-name="Politics" web-publication-date="2011-06-15T13:45:31+01:00" web-title="Cameron and Miliband clash over sickness benefits for cancer patients" web-url="" api-url=""/>
<content id="law/2011/jun/15/male-circumcision-ban-health-religion-debate" section-id="law" section-name="Law" web-publication-date="2011-06-15T12:34:03+01:00" web-title="Ban male circumcision? No, scientific evidence of harm is not strong enough | Adam Wagner" web-url="" api-url=""/>


The API lets user easily integrate hyperlocal news in their sites and applications by providing recent news stories and blog posts for any neighborhood, ZIP code, city, or state in the United States.

API home:

Rate Limits
The API is free to use for up to 5,000 queries per day or 2 queries per second. For a commercial agreement, please contact publishers {at} outside {dot} in.

Request Example:{state name}/stories?dev_key={key}&sig={signature}

New York Times

Example APIs:
The Article Search API
The Campaign Finance API
The Best Sellers API
The Community API
The Movie Review API

API Details

Data Formats:
XML, JSON, Serialized PHP

API home:

Usage Limits:
5000 requests per day.

Terms of Service:

USA Today

Associate Press:

Companies building around these APIs:

Google News:

Google News is an automated news aggregator provided by Google Inc. No person is involved in the altering of the front page or story promotion, beyond tweaking the aggregation algorithm. The service covers news articles appearing within the past 30 days on various news websites. Google News aggregates content from more than 25,000 publishers.
Fwix aggregates news articles and blog posts that are relevant to a certain region (the site now features support for over 80 cities in the United States and Canada). To do this, the Fwix team selects news sources and blogs that it thinks are related to each city, and also uses automated algorithms to determine when other content might also be relevant. Now, Fwix has tweaked its algorithm and offerings to include “nearby” local content features. So content on Fwix will display relationships between both topics and nearby location. For example, after reading a story about a robbery that took place in the Mission district of San Francisco, you’ll be able to find any other crime and or stories about the Mission neighborhood. :

Mashery offers an API management service. An API, or Application Program Interface, is the interface that allows developers to leverage someone else’s data or functionality to create mashups. The discourse around data sharing and collaboration has largely moved beyond urging companies to offer APIs – now the task at hand is to make the offering of quality APIs easy. That’s what Mashery offers as a service.

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