Publish2 has announced the creation of a newsgroup called The Wire. The Wire will host links and RSS readers in order to provide wire news for organizations who want to move beyond the Associated Press for budgetary reasons.
Publish2 plans to include the "best content from all over the web, regardless of the source."
The idea, according to Publish2, is that on the "web you don't need to pay anyone to help you bring great stories to readers. All you have to do is link. Finding all this material is another matter. Individual bloggers do their part each time they link, but there hasn't been a good way to aggregate the blogosphere's links."
They are aiming to produce a wire service for the web era with sustained and improved coverage for free.
Publish2 also clarified that, "this is not an argument to kill the AP. Indeed, any thorough link wire would certainly include AP stories. This is an argument about the centrality of AP-type stories in the web-news mix, and the utility of the AP as a distribution mechanism for web-focused news organizations."
And finally, "journalists need to understand that finding and curating links is as important to web journalism as original reporting. They need to understand once and for all that linking is journalism. It takes human intelligence and judgment to turn a flood of information into a coherent news story (i.e. reporting); it takes the same intelligence and judgment to turn a flood of news stories into a coherent body of links."