Text services have been at the core of dpa's business since it was founded in 1949. Today these are not produced exclusively for newspapers and other publications but can be found in a wide range of printed or electronic media.
Coverage includes breaking news, feature material and extensive, in-depth background material.
dpa International Service in English
Central editorial desk in Berlin and regional editorial desks in Washington D.C. and Bangkok – more than 100 correspondents world-wide produce up to 250 news items per day, covering all news categories.
The dpa International Service in English provides a unique European perspective on world events. News items published in the International Service in English cover all classical news agency categories, such as national and international current affairs including politics, finance and economics, sports, general interest issues, entertainment and leisure. In addition, features and background articles from dpa correspondents complement the news wire, as well as unique thematic packages that highlight topics from different angles.
Altogether, 100 foreign correspondents and the editorial desks in Berlin, Washington D.C. and Bangkok produce up to 250 stories daily for the service.
dpa International Service in Spanish
Central editorial desk in Madrid and regional editorial desk in Buenos Aires – Spanish native speaker correspondents in all capitals of Latin America, major U.S. cities and across Europe produce up to 200 news items per day, covering all news categories.
The international Spanish Service produces up to 200 Spanish-language news items daily.
The service provides up-to-the-minute coverage of global events and caters principally for the needs and interests of the Spanish-speaking world. The news is comprehensive and includes all the classical categories of politics, finance, sport, culture and entertainment .
The service is characterised by a high degree of flexibility and by close customer links. Head office of the service is located in Madrid and from here the flow of news is coordinated and distributed in tandem with an editorial office in Buenos Aires. The news gathering network comprises correspondents in the key Latin American capitals along with their counterparts in major European and North American cities.
The international Spanish service provides an extensive reporting portfolio, consisting of roundups, in-depth research pieces, background material, chronologies, portraits, interviews, extended feature articles and analyses.
Specific customer wishes on required topics can be catered for.
dpa International Service in Arabic
Central editorial desk in Cairo with Arabic language correspondents in the Arab capitals and the PAA produce a tailored service for Arabic language subscribers in the Middle East, with around 220 news items per day.
The dpa International Service in Arabic offers a tailor-made regional coverage in Arabic from 31 news bureaux in Africa and the Middle East with a Central Editorial Desk located in Cairo. The service is built on dpa's successful International Service in English with editorial desks in Berlin, Washington D.C. and Bangkok and features all classical news agency categories, such as national and international current affairs including politics, finance and economics, sports, general interest issues, entertainment and leisure. In addition, the Arabic Service strongly benefits from dpa’s German services, covering the complete spectrum of international and national news with an explanatory background on German news affairs.
In-depth reports and expert analyses, complemented by features and background articles, are especially tailored to the needs of dpa's Arabic-language subscribers in the Arab World as well as other regions. Our strong network of experienced Arabic-language correspondents and stringers in the Arab capitals and in the Palestinian territories guarantee customers expert and balanced reporting on the region, with special expertise for European perspectives on regional issues. Moreover, experienced journalist-translators provide a non-stop stream of quick and up-to-date international news.
dpa International Service in German (dpa-Europadienst)
Central editorial desk in Berlin and correspondents in over 90 countries worldwide produce the International Service in German with 450–500 stories per day, covering all news categories.
The International Service in German (dpa-Europadienst) is Europe’s leading news provider of German-language news material in both Europe and the world. Among its subscribers are daily newspapers, radio and television broadcasters, governments, ministries, Internet portals and websites and not least Europe’s leading national news agencies. The dpa-Europadienst provides global news in German. It is produced around-the-clock in Hamburg and Berlin and contains between 450 and 500 news items daily garnered from all the classical news categories. Coverage is boosted by separate reporting on German domestic political affairs.
dpa is market leader in the German-speaking world and an accepted authority on European matters. Comprehensive and up-to-the-minute coverage of world events is ensured by an extensive network of staffers and cooperation agreements with leading news agencies throughout the world. The service interprets global affairs from a European standpoint. News gathering is characterised by reliability, painstaking research and objectivity. Our extensive coverage and the breadth of topics we offer are held in high regard by both customers and partner agencies alike.
dpa Illustrated Feature Services in English, Spanish and Arabic
- High-quality features of international interest illustrated with photos and/or graphics
- Issued weekly with email alerts detailing the latest features available
- Access to dpa-archive of more than 600 features
From the gourmet paradise of Italy or ways to protect a laptop from thieves; from the burning of Central America's last rain forest to the fun of cycling through remote Laos, dpa correspondents cover a multitude of fields with their features.
Portraits of celebrities and countries, stories about the super-rich and the very poor, the latest out of the automobile industry, updates on fashion, food and beauty, advice on computing and travel reports on exotic destinations: the dpa Illustrated Feature Service provides an international spectrum of topics.
dpa’s correspondents worldwide not only deliver texts but also visual material. The photos are produced in high resolution suitable for both print and online use and compressed to optimize download times.
Produced twice per week, the dpa Illustrated Features are ideal for use in newspapers and magazines to be included on their international, entertainment, lifestyle, travel, automotive and computer pages. Every issue contains six features, each with a high resolution photo. Article lengths range from 400 to 1,200 words, photo size and word counts are visible before download.
All dpa Illustrated Features texts and photos are archived on the internet. Customer editors can search the archive via the internet 24 hours a day. With their personal logins, they can access the feature archive from any computer in the world. As an additional service, customer editors receive an email alert that hyperlinks to the most recent Features issue.
The Feature service is available in an English, a Spanish and an Arabic version. Each edition contains articles originated and written in the appropriate language and not just translated material.
dpa Consumer News Service in Arabic
From the newest car models to the latest trends in fashion and lifestyle – the interests of consumers vary tremendously although they do have one thing in common: They all want to be kept up-to-date
To satisfy their needs dpa has launched a new dpa Consumer News Service in Arabic with effect from July 1st 2009.
The dpa Consumer News Service caters for the media with illustrated features as well as with news and background stories on travel, health, automotive topics and consumer technology. Lifestyle, leisure and career advice round off the package.
Whether a feature is about the Caribbean island Dominica, heart disease or how to deal with certain parenting problems, dpa provides its clients with information based on the agency’s broad-based network of experts.
Produced daily with a weekly output of 50 articles, at least 5 of which are illustrated features, the dpa Consumer News Service in Arabic enhances the lifestyle, health, travel, automotive and technology pages of newspapers and magazines and is also ideal for weekend supplements.
All the texts and photos are archived, so that editors can retrieve them via the internet 24 hours a day. Using a personal login, they can access the feature archive from any computer terminal in the world.
dpa News for Children in Arabic
dpa’s wire service for children in Arabic is issued once per week and includes at least 10 stories as well as pictures and graphics.
The wire service will target children aged six to 10 years and is focusing on communicating information in an entertaining way, with explanatory sidebars and short background pieces that are easily accessible to children. The themes: animals, the environment, technology, but also music, art and history.
The dpa platform enables access to dpa's vast library of texts, pictures and graphics. It provides customers with real-time search facilities as well as quick searches of archive material.