Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

Deutsche Presse-Agenturdpa

Hamburg, GermanyFounded in 1949Trust Project news partner since

dpa News is a German online news outlet covering national and European news.

The publication was founded as an independent news agency to supply media outlets, businesses and other organizations with editorial print, digital, audio, and visual content.

dpa journalists work in 60 German bureaus researching, fact checking, conducting interviews, following developments and analyzing information from more than 100 cities to create news and feature stories in multiple languages. 

The agency strives to be free of outside influence and unfettered by political, economic or governmental ideologies.

More than 1,000 journalists report for dpa in nearly every country of the world.

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Best Practices Policies

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dpa strives to create truthful, reliable and comprehensive news stories and features free from bias or outside influence from political, economic or government entities. 

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dpa journalists are expected to maintain independence from outside influence in their reporting. The agency uses a vetted group of correspondents to sift through a story's facts to ensure reported information is accurate. Stories are only published after being seen by at least two editors.

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Ownership & Funding

dpa is a private LLC under German law (GmbH) of 177 German shareholders (publishers, broadcasting corporations and other media groups). No shareholder may hold up more than 1.5 percent of its total capital to ensure that no single shareholder can exert a dominating influence on the company.

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Diverse Voices

The English translation of dpa's diversity policy is unavailable at this time.

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dpa views even small errors as important for its credibility, therefore aims to address them openly, honestly and in the most transparent fashion possible.

When an error occurs, reports are sent out a second time with a label reading “rectification.” The correction is written out twice – once above the text headline in an abbreviated fashion and then again below the text where the error is explained in detail. These corrections are then disseminated through the usual dpa channels with the same priority as the original text.

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Unnamed Sources

Unnamed sources are used when the information provided is deemed reliable and accurate and it would not be possible to obtain that same information from a named source. 

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