News Architecture

A high-level framework for the news ecosystem

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Used by the world's leading news organisations

The IPTC News Architecture is a high-level framework for the news ecosystem. It defines the concepts, relationships and processes that power news creation, distribution and consumption.

Developed over 20 years by many of the world’s biggest and most prestigious news organisations, the IPTC News Architecture has stood the test of time and has proven that it can be adapted to many different news contexts – from press releases to live breaking news to interactive experiences, and everything in between.

The IPTC News Architecture (NAR) is…

  • Flexible – the same basic concepts can be adapted and re-used for many different contexts and different types of news content
  • Platform independent – the main standard implementing the NAR is IPTC’s NewsML-G2, implementing using XML, but all IPTC standards fit into the framework, including SportsML, ninjs (News in JSON), rNews (IPTC’s semantic web model for news), the NewsCodes and even parts of the IPTC Photo Metadata Standard.
  • Progressive – the level and richness of detail can be adjusted according to users’ needs.
  • Always evolving – the IPTC News Architecture Working Group continuously updates and maintains the standard, ensuring that it can support new developments in the news industry. For example, some of the latest enhancements include support for trust and credibility in news reporting, created in collaboration with The Trust Project and RSF’s Journalism Trust Initiative.
Upcoming Events
  • IPTC Spring Meeting 2022 - for IPTC members

    Location
    Tallinn, Estonia (TBC)
    Date(s)
    16 - 18 May, 2022
  • Photo Metadata Conference 2022 - open to the public

    Location
    TBC
    Date(s)
    TBC
  • IPTC Autumn Meeting 2022 - for IPTC members

    Location
    TBC
    Date(s)
    October 2022
Latest News

The IPTC NewsCodes Working Group has now released the Q4 update to Media Topics, IPTC’s subject taxonomy used for classifying news content. The main changes were made to the religion branch as part of our regular review cycle, and to sport events after discussing the terms with the Sports Content Working Group. This means that […]