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Metadata Exchange for News

In a world of fast paced breaking news, efficient use of metadata is critical for news organisations. As global news outlets become more diverse, from traditional TV channels through to online content providers, it’s clear that having the right metadata from the outset can help manage news production processes more effectively and get breaking news stories on air as quickly as possible.

The urgency of getting rushes back from the field to the newsroom means that, often, only basic metadata, such as a date or a location, is captured. This can add extra time to the production process as newsroom staff add additional metadata retrospectively. 

DPP Metadata Exchange for News is a new common metadata set for news assets, developed in partnership with news organisations and suppliers from the DPP membership. The process of international exchange and the movement of assets through the news gathering process all the way from production to broadcast and archive will be made easier with DPP Metadata Exchange for News. Use of this common metadata set promises easier search and discovery, clarity around rights information, and smoother collaboration.

Read more in the News Exchange Benefits Overview.

News Exchange Benefits Overview

Download the Documents

Download the Metadata Exchange for News Infographic »

Download the Metadata Exchange for News Implementation Guidelines »

Sample Files

Sample files have been developed to assist with implementation. These are available to download below.


These files provide an example of the metadata that is expected to be generated during news story planning. The metadata is expected to be transferred to acquisition/capture systems such as cameras, smartphones or other recording device.

Acquire and Finish

These files provide an example of metadata that is expected to be generated during the recording and post production of news content. The metadata received from the planning is augmented with technical metadata generated as part of capturing the content. The content (media assets and metadata) may then be transferred to editing systems or to digital media asset management systems for further processing.


These files provide an example of metadata that is expected to be generated when the content is ready to be broadcast, published or distributed to third parties.

Get Involved

If you’re a DPP member you  can access any of our working group materials including sample files and schema definitions.

Please contact Abdul Hakim with any questions.

If you’re not a DPP member, contact us to find out more, or take a look at our membership information

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