Media Topics

Subject Taxonomy for the Media - the successor of the Subject Codes


Media Topics

Media Topics is a 1100-term taxonomy with a focus on categorizing text. It was released in 2010 and is a development based on the IPTC Subject Codes.

The Media Topics vocabulary can be viewed on the IPTC Controlled Vocabulary server at In addition it can be downloaded as NewsML-G2 Knowledge Item, RDF/XML or RDF/Turtle document, please read the Guidelines. A more user-friendly tree-like view is also available.

The Media Topics vocabulary is a member of the family of IPTC NewsCodes, read more about the generic features and terms of use.

Media Topics and Subject Codes

The development of Media Topics started with the Subject Codes vocabulary, extended the tree from 3 to 5 levels and reused the same 17 top level terms. The lower level terms have been revised and rearranged. Each Media Topic provides a mapping back to one of the Subject Codes.

Latest News

  By Jennifer Parrucci Senior Taxonomist at The New York Times Lead of IPTC’s NewsCodes Working Group The New York Times has a proud history of metadata. Every article published since The Times’s inception in 1851 contains descriptive metadata. The Times continues this tradition by incorporating metadata assignment into our publishing process today so that […]