Looking for new income streams, CNN is courting newspapers -- and possibly competing with The Associated Press -- with a new wire service. The network is wooing embattled newspaper editors with
a free, three-day summit in Atlanta in December to show off its news gathering capabilities.
CNN is boasting that the new CNN Wire will tap into the network's internal arsenal of
3,800 people, 22 international bureaus, 15 domestic bureaus, 900 North American TV broadcast affiliates, a Web site and a radio network.
Fees paid by the papers will help defray the cost of running the global CNN organization. "We now believe we have the base to offer [our news-gathering] service to other news organizations," says Joe Middelburg, CNN Newsource executive.