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ABOUT US

ABOUT US
ABOUT US

Federal News Service was founded in 1985 in response to an urgent and growing need for immediate verbatim transcripts of government briefings, speeches, press conferences and other newsmaker events to the many domestic and international news bureaus in Washington, D. C. Quickly, FNS assumed a broader mandate and began to transcribe Congressional porno hearings, National Press Club speeches, and significant events such as conferences at Brookings Institution, Carnegie Endowment and broadcast interviews with opinion leaders.

Government agencies, news media bureaus, public affairs representatives and other Washington opinion makers quickly grew to rely on FNS as their Window on Washington. Shortly thereafter, FNS introduced its Washington Daybook, a schedule of events occurring in Washington today, tomorrow and the next week or more.

FNS became nationally prominent with its transcript coverage of the Iran-Contra hearings, which became an “instant” paperback book distributed throughout bookstores across the U.S. The demand for verbatim transcripts of more and more congressional hearings increased, and FNS now produces transcripts of most major hearings to its large database of clients within 24 hours – and many are completed the day the hearing occurs!

FNS covered campaign speeches, the key speeches at the nominating conventions and the candidate debates in the 1992, 1996 and 2000 Presidential elections. The historic Economic Conference conducted by President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore in 1992 was transcribed verbatim and produced in hardback.

FNS set up its first international office in Moscow in 1991 to offer foreign embassies, the news media, and foreign business interests, verbatim transcript services similar to those offered by FNS in the U.S. A Middle East bureau was established in Jerusalem in 2002 to provide transcripts in English of press conferences, briefings, statements and news interviews of Israeli and Middle Eastern political leaders and spokespersons, major political interviews on Israeli morning radio broadcasts of Reshet Bet (Network B) and Galei Tzahal (Army Radio).

The FNS Translation Department started in Moscow, translating just Russian to English and vice versa. Today, the department offers translation in many languages including Ukrainian, Georgian, Polish, Korean, Slovak, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, Malay, Indonesian, and of course French, German and Spanish.

Recognizing that our clients needed immediate notification of fast breaking news stories, FNS has added two complementary media relations services to satisfy this need – a national Broadcast News Monitoring Service and an electronic media monitoring service called NewsClips Online. The FNS Broadcast News Monitoring Service can provide clients with a daily report on what stories were broadcast about them on network, local and cable news shows in more than 100 markets, and can often provide the actual videotape news story in a matter of hours. FNS NewsClips Online scans and indexes more than 5,000 media websites daily to provide our clients with stories about them and their interests.

The FNS customer base, which was originally composed of a small number of news media companies, now includes most major U.S. and foreign newspapers and news services, world-wide broadcast media, U.S. government agencies, foreign embassies, U.S. embassies worldwide, corporations, lobbyists, universities and associations.

Cheryl A. Reagan, the President of Federal News Service, believes that there are substantial opportunities for more company growth through the development of new products and services and the establishment of new offices internationally. The FNS transcribers are credited and acknowledged by the media and other clients for their expert transcribing abilities and speed. The full time technology professionals manage all technology issues, develop FNS software programs, and provide customer service. The administrative, sales, and production departments consist of many long-time dedicated employees working towards future global expansion to benefit all customers.

FNS Middle East Transcripts

FNS Middle East Transcripts
FNS Middle East Transcripts

The same expert transcribers who produce transcripts of briefings at the White House,
State and Defense departments and many congressional hearings are now available to transcribe your events!

For 10 years, the skilled xxx transcribers of Federal News Service have provided news media, embassies, associations and businesses verbatim transcripts within an hour or two of governmental activities, including such memorable events as the “Irangate” hearings, Gulf War briefings, and Presidential election coverage and debates. Now, you can put this same highly trained transcribing team to work producing transcripts for your organization.

Simply provide us with a tape or a digital sound file of your event, tell us how quickly you want the transcript and whether you want a laser printed copy or a diskette/CD-ROM or both. We can also e-mail it to you if desired.

Whether you need translation to or from Russian, Ukrainian, Georgian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Hebrew, Malay, Indonesian, Arabic, French, German, Spanish or any other language, you can be sure you are paying the lowest rate for the highest quality work.

FNS has a network of in-country translators, including our own full-time Moscow and Jerusalem staff, which means you get the most accurate translation, done by skilled professionals with advanced degree who live in that country, understand the nuances of the language. We can translate documents overnight, so you can complete your business transaction the next day.

FNS International clients include such organizations as the U.S. State Department, United Airlines, US-Russia Business Council, United Nations, World Bank, law firms, international corporations, and educational institutions.
Established in 2002, the FNS Middle East Bureau tapes, translates and transcribes news and government events occurring throughout the Middle East in Arabic, Hebrew, Farsi and Turkish — bringing you the news you need straight from the source, with the same attention to detail and unbiased production standards you’ve come to expect from FNS Washington and FNS Moscow.

* The FNS Middle East Wire delivers all sides of the story to our newswire and database clients through transcript coverage of broadcast and print media sources as well as Arab, Israeli and Palestinian government briefings, legislative debates, and speeches and interviews of government officials. Related stories from of the US and international sources are also included, and transcription on demand of relevant press events is available.

Middle East Media. FNS Middle East monitors broadcast and print sources from throughout the Middle East to bring you the widest possible range of coverage. We produce verbatim transcripts and translations of interviews, speeches, press conferences, commentaries, and released statements.
Sources include: Al Ikhbariya, Al Manar, Israeli Knesset, Al Jazeera, Reshet Bet . The Israel Broadcasting Authority, Al Arabiya, Iranian Television, Al Sharq Al Awsat, Al Hayat, Voice of Palestine Radio, Israeli Army Radio, the United Nations, Palestinian Satellite Channel, Abu-Dhabi TV, and more. Transcripts are sent out as the events occur, throughout the day. To request a free 2-week trial, please fill out our trial request form.

Special Order Transcriptions. You can hire FNS Middle East to transcribe your next news event. Keep the transcriptions for your records, or use our services to distribute your news throughout the world. For further information.
Special Order Wire Distribution. You can hire FNS Middle East to distribute text of your news event or other newsworthy information to FNS newswire and database clients, numerous individual embassies, NGOs, government departments, and media bureaus worldwide. For further information, email
Translations. Fast, affordable translations to and from Hebrew, Arabic, Farsi, Turkish, French and English. For a listing of additional languages, please visit

FEDERAL NEWS SERVICE PRODUCTS

FEDERAL NEWS SERVICE PRODUCTS
FEDERAL NEWS SERVICE PRODUCTS

Washington Transcript Service Verbatim, same-day transcripts including questions and answers, of

Major Congressional hearings. Speeches, statements and press conferences by administration leaders and spokespersons. Speeches, statements and press conferences by Congressional leaders and spokespersons. Presidential statements, press conferences and interviews including State of the Union.
White House briefings. State Department briefings.
Defense Department briefings. Justice Department briefings.
Homeland Security briefings. U.S. Trade Representative briefings.
Foreign Press Center briefings. Speeches and press conferences by visiting international leaders.
Political interviews on morning and weekend TV news shows.
Key speeches at Presidential political nominating conventions.
Presidential debates.
Completion Time: Speeches, press conferences, interviews and one or two hearings a day are completed the day they occur. We are generally covering around 5 to 7 hearings a day and those we don’t finish on the same day are completed within two business days.
Delivery: Available via Internet three ways:

In database format
Browser based wire service format at fast.fnsg.com. Transcripts are in sections of 2-3 pages each, the browser refreshes itself every few seconds.
Subscription Price and term: Price varies, depending on type and size of client. Call for information.

TV News/Public Affairs Monitoring, Video Tapes, Transcripts

FNS offers the fastest and most cost effective broadcast monitoring, taping and transcribing service available! We will monitor and provide you with daily or weekly reports summarizing every story concerning your interests broadcast on networks, cable and local news programs in more than 100 (and growing) markets. You can then order the actual video or verbatim transcript of whichever news segments you choose. Monitoring rates are based on how many keywords you want us to monitor for.

Video Rates

Minimum charge up to 5 minutes broadcast time $75
11-30 minutes broadcast time $98 31-60 minutes broadcast time $125
These charges apply to national, cable and regional Washington broadcasts. Call for pricing on out of town video clips.

Transcript Rates of TV Newscasts

Minimum charge $55 Half-hour program $185 Hour program $275

FNS NewsClips Online

Track what is being written today about your interests or issues in the online editions of more than 5,400 media web sites including daily and weekly newspapers, magazines, newsletters, trade publications, television and radio stations, cable news outlets and Internet only publications! The search parameters are totally customizable by you — you determine the keywords to search for, you determine the scope of your coverage — worldwide, nationwide, regional or even a single state, you determine when you want to receive e-mail reports telling you who wrote stories about your interests in the past 24 hours, a headline and story abstract, and live links to the actual stories. Unlike other clipping services that charge a low “reading fee” and then levy per-clip charges that can total thousands of dollars a month, FNS NewsClips Online charges one flat monthly fee, based on the scope of your search. Why wait days or weeks for a photocopied or faxed news clip, and spend more money than needed, when FNS NewsClips Online can deliver it today — and save you money?

Congressional Hearings Prepared Testimonies

The prepared written statements of witnesses at Congressional hearings. Available via the FNS database, the browser based wire service and the push service using NetReader software.

Washington Daybook

Comprehensive schedule of events occurring in Washington. Categories include Senate, House, White House, Federal Agencies, Economic Reports and General News Events, today, tomorrow and the next week or more. Available via the FNS database, the browser based wire service and the push service using NetReader software.

Middle East Transcript Service

The FNS Middle East bureau in Jerusalem tapes, translates and transcribes Middle East news and government events as they happen! This comprehensive coverage includes statements, briefings and press conferences of Middle Eastern political leaders and spokespersons; broadcast and print media interviews of Middle Eastern leaders; highlights of U.S. broadcast news coverage of the Middle East; Coalition Provisional Authority briefings in Iraq; Middle East briefings by the White House, State and Defense departments; and Middle East hearings in the U.S. Congress.

Sources include: Al Ikhbariya, Al Manar, Israeli Knesset, Al Jazeera, Reshet Bet, the Israel Broadcasting Authority, Al Arabiya, Iranian Television, Al Sharq Al Awsat, Al Hayat, Voice of Palestine Radio, Israeli Army Radio, the United Nations, Palestinian Satellite Channel, Abu-Dhabi TV, and more. Transcripts are sent out as the events occur. FNS Middle East.

Russian Transcript Service

Same day transcripts in English of press conferences, briefings, statements and interviews by Russia’s political leaders and spokespersons. Available via the FNS database, the browser based wire service and the push service using NetReader software. Transcripts in Russian are available from FNS Moscow.

Special Order Transcribing Service

The same expert transcribers who produce transcripts of hearings, briefings and Presidential speeches can be hired to transcribe your event. FNS will transcribe audio or video tape you provide, or tape and transcribe events by special order. Price depend on length of event and whether we have to send a person to tape it.

Translation Service

FNS can have documents translated to or from a variety of languages including Russian, Ukrainian, Georgian, Polish, Korean, Slovak, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, Malay, Indonesian, and of course French, German and Spanish. Cost varies based on length of document and how fast the translation is needed. Call for rates.