Talk:Press Association

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Disambiguation needed[edit]

"Press Association" is one organization described in the entry and also another term for "Press agency" (a separate entry). But "Press Association" is also a type of business or professional society that editors and publishers have organized since the 19th century. I arrived at this entry searching for the latter, which appears to have no entry in Wikipedia (based on my searches). Kgbwpo2 (talk) 03:00, 15 November 2011 (UTC)

Corporate PR?[edit]

The article has a number of POV issues, some of which I have attempted to address in recent edits. To cut to the chase, it reads more like a piece of corporate PR than a balanced Wikipedia article. For example, Nick Davies' highly critical account of PA's role in the UK media's "churnalism" is glossed over and actually spun into an endorsement of PA. The trumpeting of a 2004 BBC memo about PA's status as a "confirmed, single source" also does not appear to fit with what I have been told by BBC staff (or with my own observations of the change in the way that the BBC reports "breaking news" from agencies). Perhaps someone could assist with some contemporary cite to establish what the BBC currently regards as trusted external sources? --Bill de Burgher (talk) 05:20, 28 November 2011 (UTC)

The BBC do list, in the form a small paragraph on one of their websites regarding news and data sources, however it does not specify the conditions for trusted items. here. Given what you have said reguarding the BBC staff, it is possible that the BBC, as stated on the website use a variety of both internal and external sources which include the Press Association. GN003 (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 23:29, 1 December 2011 (UTC).
I see the POV problem goes back a long way - this really does read like a press release. Right on the first line: "The Press Association (PA) is the United Kingdom and Ireland's national multimedia news agency" - "the"? Implying there are no others? The use of the word "national" also implies it's an institution like the BBC or the NHS, not a commercial company. David (talk) 21:27, 4 September 2013 (UTC)