Zenger is the world’s first digitally native wire service. It is owned and operated by journalists.
Zenger has more than 5,000 correspondents in 120 countries and supplies text, pictures, or video to more than 400 U.S. news outlets, including Forbes, Newsweek, The New York Post, The Miami Herald, The Sacramento Bee, and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. It delivers news in both English and Spanish.
Zenger aims to restore trust in news and reward journalists and outlets for producing stories that inform, entertain, and hold leaders and institutions accountable.
We pay quickly and electronically. No more paper checks from out-of-state banks, months after your article is published. No need to send invoices or email editors. Payment is automated on publication.
Who owns Zenger News?
Zenger is a product of Z News Service, Inc., which is incorporated in Delaware and headquartered in Austin, Texas. The majority of shares are held by journalists who work for Zenger. Minority shareholders include tech investors in Paris, London, Dallas, and Salt Lake City. No shareholder is involved in campaigns, lobbying, politics, public relations, marketing, or any government. Advertisers, investors, and non-editorial employees have no say in the production of Zenger’s news.
What is the agenda for Zenger News?
Zenger is dedicated to bringing high-quality news content to “news deserts” and to major outlets looking to diversify their content, grow their audience, and deepen their relationship with their subscribers.
Does Zenger News have a political bias?
No. We do not promote any set of policies, actions, or ideologies. Zenger is an open platform that uses unique technology to allow thousands of reporters, editors, photographers, and videographers to contribute freely from around the world. Our journalists are not selected by our editors or our executives, and do not have to adhere to any ideology or perspective — they are committed to telling the truth and accurately portraying competing perspectives on the conflicts that divide our world. We believe news needs to be compelling, thoughtful, and trustworthy.
Who determines the Editorial direction of Zenger News?
The editors. All others — including investors, advertisers, and staff outside the Editorial department — are not involved or consulted in any way about any upcoming or published news content.
Does Zenger News endorse political candidates?
No. Zenger News does not publish opinion of any kind — ever. We believe that political endorsements undermine the public’s trust in news. Finally, we do not adhere to any party, program, or platform of any political entity or philosophy.
Does Zenger News seek foundation or other philanthropic support?
No. Z News Service, Inc. is a for-profit company, and does not have any non-profit arm or division. In addition, Zenger News has never sought and will not seek any grant, loan, or other financial support from any government, anywhere in the world.
How is Zenger News funded?
Zenger is funded by advertising, affiliate link fees, article and video licensing fees, software licensing fees, conference sponsorships, and other commercial transactions. It does not receive donations from any party anywhere in the world. As a startup, Zenger received funds from tech investors to build its unique software and platform.
How does Zenger News ensure editorial independence from our partner funders?
Zenger’s Editorial team maintains full independence from any investor or advertiser. Investors and advertisers receive no preferential treatment, do not have the ability to see or review any news coverage before it is published, and cannot make any changes to published reporting. Zenger News does not accept any donations whatsoever, and investor relationships are limited to reviewing quarterly and annual financial reports on the health of the company.