WASHINGTON: United Press International (UPI) announced editorial changes last week that will bring a focus on in-depth analysis and technology to the struggling news agency.
The repositioning, which was accompanied by a round of editorial layoffs, will also involve an emphasis on creating formats for wireless devices, the launch of a Spanish-language news service, and enhanced coverage of the Arab world.
The 96-year-old news service, owned since 2000 by a company founded by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, is billing the changes as a way of coming to grips with the evolving media landscape.
"The world has become saturated with breaking news from many, many sources,"
said UPI spokesman Bill Creighton. "We believe that the value of our products is not simply in reporting the news, but in telling readers the impact it will have on them."
UPI's news briefs will cover a range of topics, from general news to science to offbeat stories, and will be available for a variety of wireless devices as well as digital kiosks,
television, and websites. Many of these will be written by stringers.