About IPTC

IPTC is the Global Standards Body of the News Media

Our mission is to simplify the distribution of information. We develop and promote efficient technical standards to improve the management and exchange of information between content providers, intermediaries and consumers. We thereby enable easy, cost-effective and rapid innovation, and product development.
We are committed to open standards and make all of our standards freely available to our members and the wider community.
Founded in 1965 and based in London, the IPTC brings together the world's leading news agencies, publishers and industry vendors.

Our History

The IPTC was established by a group of news organisations including the Alliance Européenne des Agences de Presse, ANPA (now NAA), FIEJ (now WAN) and the North American News Agencies (a joint committee of Associated Press, Canadian Press and United Press International) to safeguard the telecommunications interests of the World’s Press. Since the late 1970’s IPTC’s activities have primarily focussed on developing and publishing Industry Standards for the exchange of news data of all common media types.


Currently more than 50 companies, organisations and associations from the news industry are members of the IPTC, they are drawn from all continents except South America and Oceania.


Board of Directors

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Stuart Myles
Chairman / AP
Image of Michael Steidl
Michael Steidl
Managing Director / IPTC
Image of Dave Compton
Dave Compton
Director / Thomson Reuters
Image of Stéphane Guérillot
Stéphane Guérillot
Director / AFP
Image of Gerald Innerwinkler
Gerald Innerwinkler
Director / APA
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Johan Lindgren
Director / TT
Image of Evan Sandhaus
Evan Sandhaus
Director / NY Times
Image of Robert Schmidt-Nia
Robert Schmidt-Nia
Director / DPA
Image of Guowei Wu
Guowei Wu
Director / Xinhua

Network & Influence News Media Standards

Become a Member

  • Network with industry peers
  • Be the first to learn about emerging industry topics
  • Simplify product development with industry standards
  • Learn from the experience of leading professionals
  • Enable the free and unhindered flow of information