Pawel Zagrodnik of Poland (white) and Masashi Ebinuma of Japan lay on the mat after their match in the Men's -66 kg Judo on Day two of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on July 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

With Japan’s Kyodo News, bringing ‘the now’

May 20, 2013 | By Maria Dias | Friends

Operating completely independently of both commercial and government interests, Kyodo News has become well-known for everything a news source should. It is trustworthy, reliable and on top of the now, and has journalists who cover world events from a fresh perspective.

That’s why we’re thrilled to partner with them.

Our photojournalists have been told they were in the “wrong spot” only to grab an amazing photo of a hurdler against a blood-red sky. And they’ve climbed to never-before-reached heights, at least robotically, to cover Olympic judo.

Here, news photographers are empowered to stray from the pack, be innovative and deliver shots that go beyond the obvious – and we’re excited that Kyodo will be making our photojournalism available to its readership.

“One of our missions at Getty Images is to bring the ‘now’ that only the world of photography can convey to the entire country of Japan,” Getty Images VP, Sales Kumi Shimamoto said. “Kyodo is the best partner to do this.”

Through this partnership, Kyodo will have access to more than 2,000 images a day, including coverage of major events where Getty Images is the official photo agency, such as the IOC, MLB, FIFA, and the Academy Awards and Grammy Awards.

“We want to provide world news coverage that meets the quantity and quality of news photography needed in Japan, based on analyzing the world news that Japan has interest in,” she said.

Kyodo News, founded in November 1945 as a nonprofit cooperative organization, is the leading news agency in Japan. Kyodo covers accurately and promptly the ever-changing developments in Japan and the rest of the world, distributing news around the clock to domestic and overseas news media as well as international organizations and institutions. Most Japanese newspapers and broadcasting stations subscribe to Kyodo.

Operating with an annual budget from membership dues and other subscription revenues, Kyodo is completely independent of government and commercial interests.

It has built a reputation as the most reliable, integrated news agency in Japan, distributing not only news stories but also photos, graphics, audio and video scripts. As one of the most influential news agencies in Asia, Kyodo offers English-language and Chinese-language services in addition to Japanese-language service.


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