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What is Mediapoint Wire?

Mediapoint delivers the Press Association's agenda-setting news and sports wires, together with other invaluable content, direct to your desktop in real time. It has been designed specifically with the Agency's media customers in mind.

Do I have to pay for the service?

Customers of the Press Association's newswires are entitled to access the same content through either Mediapoint or the wire feeds for no additional charge.

How do I subscribe?

Please subscribe here. You will be contacted by an Account Manager who will be able to deal with your subscription request.

Forgotten Password

Use the forgotten password page. You will receive an email with a new automatically generated password. Once you have logged in you can alter your password to something more memorable using the change password page. If you are unable to remember your login name, please contact us.

Change Password

Use the change password page when you are logged in.

Saved searches and emails

You can save up to 20 sets of search terms and then run them at any time by going to the saved searches page. You can modify saved searches, delete them or choose whether they should trigger an email when content is added to Mediapoint Agency that matches the terms. You can choose whether emails are triggered at regular intervals or the moment matching content is added. One of your saved searches can also be made the default, which means you will see any results of that search whenever you login to the site.

To create a saved search, use the advanced search page. The search results page includes a form to save your search.

Advanced search form

The advanced search form allows you to narrow down your search criteria by adding a number of extra parameters. You can search for words or exact phrases, exclude words and limit results to a range of dates. You can also choose to search a regional wire instead of national content. National content includes all The Press Association's stories, along with editorials, central Government announcements and press releases. By choosing a regional wire you can limit the search to news stories and government announcements of interest to a specific region.

Topics and keywords

Stories are categorised by topics and keywords. You can narrow your search by choosing from a list of topics which sort stories into groups such as CITY or DEFENCE. Keywords can be used to narrow your search further. For example, you may be interested in court cases involving footballers, in which case you can use the news search form to search for stories with the topic "COURTS" and keywords that start with "Football".

Counties included in the regional wires

EAST - Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

EAST MIDLANDS - Derbyshire (except High Peak), Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland.

NORTH EAST - Durham,Northumberland, Tees Valley and Tyne and Wear.

NORTH WEST - Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire, Cumbria and Lancashire, plus the High Peak district of Derbyshire.

SOUTH EAST - Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East and West Sussex, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire and Surrey.

SOUTH WEST - City of Bristol, Cornwall (including the Isles of Scilly), Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Wiltshire.

WEST MIDLANDS - Birmingham, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

YORKS AND HUMBER - North, South and West Yorkshire and the Humber area.

Time period covered by the site

You are able to access material from the last 30 days.

Can I access other PA Products such as Media Lawyer?

This depends on what level of access you have and whether the additional services are included in your account. If you do not have permissions to access a particular product, contact us for further advice.

News

UK Newswire: today's news of national importance shown in running order with pictures.

Picture Wire: all pictures that have run on the PA Photos wire today. Pictures are presented with their captions and can be downloaded in hi-res format.

Business & Finance: today's financial news of national importance.

National & Regional Wires: today's news specifically relating to the nine English regions, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

International: today's international news.

Schedules & Diaries

News Schedule: summaries of stories that are running on the news wire. Displayed in order of news value and updated throughout the day by the PA newsdesk.

News Highlights: summaries of highlighted stories that are running on the news wire. Updated daily from 15:00 by the PA newsdesk.

Sport Schedule: summaries of stories that are running on the sports wire. Displayed in order of news value and updated throughout the day by the PA Sports news desk.

Intl Sport Schedule: summaries of stories that are running on the international sports wire. Displayed in order of news value and updated throughout the day by the PA International Sports news desk.

Diaries: an agenda of current and upcoming events and stories. Displayed in order of news value and updated throughout the day by the PA newsdesk.

Parliament Diary: a daily and weekly digest of parliament related news stories.

High Court Diary: a daily and weekly digest of legal related news stories.

City Diary: market news along with the latest city and business stories.

Features Diary: a daily and weekly digest of features related articles.

First Editions: the top stories in today's daily newspapers.

Wire Extra

Government News: news releases from central and regional government. The content can also be displayed by government department.

Community Newswire: a joint initiative between the Press Association and The Media Trust, funded by The Home Office. Community Newswire provides a voice for charities and the voluntary sector in England.

Press Releases: original text stories delivered by press release distribution companies on behalf of their customers.

Video Wire RSS

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a web feed format that can be used to provide updates about a series of stories, articles, headlines etc. The Video Wire RSS feed provides a summary of the most recent video items published on Mediapoint.
Using RSS Reader software customers of Mediapoint can subscribe to the feed and be updated when new video items have been published, and follow a link directly to the video item on Mediapoint for preview and download.

There are many RSS readers, examples include RSSOwl http://www.rssowl.org/ and FeedDemon www.NewsGator.com/FeedDemon from NewsGator. Snackr http://snackr.net/ is a graphical ticker RSS reader.

To obtain the RSS Url click on the 'Video Wire' link on the navigation menu on the left-hand side of any Mediapoint page. Click on the 'RSS Feed' link at the top of the Video page. Depending on your browser you will be able to see the feed and follow links directly to the video content.

All RSS readers are slightly different; you will need to refer to your software documentation for specific instructions. Here is a quick guide to set-up RSSowl:

  • 1. Download and extract the .zip file from the download page at rssowl.
  • 2. Double-click the rssowl.exe icon in the extracted folder
  • 3. By default there will be many RSS feeds on the bookmarks window on the left hand-side. If you do not require these feeds (updating them all may slow-down your RSS reader) they can be deleted.
  • 4. Right-click in the bookmark window and select New>Bookmark. The 'New Bookmark' window will open.
  • 5. Select 'Create a feed by supplying the website or direct link:' and copy and paste the Video RSS Url obtained earlier into the text box.
  • 6. Click Finish.

The feed reader software will update the feed periodically; the period of time between updates can usually be adjusted depending upon your reader software.

When viewing each item in the feed reader (depending on your software) the Headline, Catchline, short-description and thumbnail will be visible. Clicking on the Headline will pass you through to Mediapoint where you will be prompted to enter a Mediapoint username and password.

We recommend that you add a 'watch' or 'filter' to the video feed in the reader software, this will separate different kinds of content. Add a watch or filter as follows:
Filter Description for VHR to show Video Wire content
Filter Description for VPN to show Video News Packages
Filter Description for VPE to show Video Showbiz Packages
Filter Description for VPS to show Video Sport Packages

Diary

The Press Association's searchable multimedia diary gives details of upcoming news events months in advance, updated live by hundreds of journalists across the UK.

It gives precise information about each event and indicates whenever possible how the Press Association plans to cover it - for pictures, video and words. (Please note, the allocation of a team does not guarantee coverage).

Users can browse by Topic Group (Politics, Entertainment, City, Courts etc), Region (North West, Scotland, South East etc), and Type of Media (text only, pictures only, video only). The quick search also offers immediate access to the diary for today, tomorrow and for the next 30 days.

Additionally, the advanced search offers a date range option allowing users to find events months in advance, and a full text search to hone in on a name or word associated with a particular event.

For more information about using the diary or any of the events, please contact the Newsdesk using the email link provided.

Other PA Services

Media Lawyer: a bi-monthly legal journal, which provides a round-up of key media law events and developments for all working in the industry. Access to subscribers only.

Picselect: The Press Association's publicity image distribution service, providing access to material from a wide cross section of companies, ranging from art organisations through to film distributors and government departments.

Media Web Sites: a range of links to useful web sites that may help you do your job easier.

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