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NZPA Content Services Launches News Website

May 9, 2002

The commercial arm of the New Zealand Press Association has unveiled its own news website, which provides web-based news monitoring and research tools for New Zealand organisations.

Called NewsQuest, the database includes content from all New Zealand’s daily newspapers, as well as NZPA and key international news agencies.

NewsQuest brings NZPA’s presence on the Internet in-house, ending an eight-year association with The Knowledge Basket, which previously sold NZPA content.

NZPA Content Services business development manager Matthew Harman says the database was launched in response to feedback from clients.

“It was clear that the current database products on the market weren’t meeting the needs of our clients. We decided rather than pushing further down the outsourcing track, we’d take the opportunity to pull things back in-house”, Harman said.

Around one thousand items a day will be added to NewsQuest, which is updated around the clock.

Key features of the product include:

- Content updating in real-time, as articles are added to the NZPA newswire.

- The ability to create customised subject categories that can be shared with other users within an organisation.

- The ability to save selected articles to personal folders (within the system) for later review.

- The facility for users to review usage and enter codes for client bill-back.

- The ability to have content delivered via email.

The product is targeted at corporate and government organisations and is being sold on both a casual and flat rate basis. Casual rates are $1.50 per search and $3.00 per article view.

NewsQuest has been three months in development and was built by Wellington software company Catalyst IT.

Additional content sources will be added to NewsQuest in the next few months.


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