Reuters is looking for local stringers

This information was contributed by journalist Jim Brumm.

Reuters is looking for additional stringers for a domestic news service designed to deliver local and state news of national interest in the United States. Called the Reuters America Service (RAS), it has been in operation since January 1.

To gather this local news and provide local datelines, Reuters is using stringers around the nation. The first brought on board were those the news service already was doing business with.

If you’re in that category, reach out to the contact person you’ve been working with and ask who is responsible for RAS in your area. Instructions for RAS stringers explain the work does not in any way replace the usual work done in covering the stories you’ve always covered, and goes on to state: “RAS is a supplement to the Reuters service in America, not a replacement. It provides an opportunity to give you extra work with our agency.”

If you have no current contact at Reuters, send an email to Peter Bohan, editor of the new service at , and introduce yourself.

He said RAS will basically have 5 levels of quality, based on both contributions and results. Payments will range from $25-50 for tips or brief color and quotes to $200 or more for top breaking news or special assignments. Invoices will be submitted twice a month for payment about two weeks later (if past experience with Reuters is any guide).

Bottom line: “we’ll be raising the bar on quality for ‘timely, colorful, meaningful local news of national interest.’”

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