MediaSpan Group says Press Association, the national news agency for the United Kingdom and Ireland, is fully operational with its Jazbox service, a suite of three digital asset management products for print and web publishing and archiving.

“This is major validation of our technology platform,” Steve Vetter, chief executive officer of MediaSpan, said in a statement. “The United Kingdom Press Association is the equivalent of the Associated Press in the United States. To have the top news service in the UK and Ireland join our global customer base is another significant step forward for MediaSpan.”

Press Association will also be using Webjaz, a web content management system, and Jazstor, an archive database that can store all types of digital files. More than 200 reporters and editors are using the Newsjaz system at the Press Association’s sites in Howden and London, England. Reporters and editors in bureaus in Scotland and Northern Ireland are also live with the suite of Newsjaz products, MediaSpan says.

“Reporters, editors, photographers and broadcasters can work inside the Newsjaz browser to create, edit, refine, and distribute files in a variety of multimedia formats,” said Frank Campagnoni, chief technology officer at MediaSpan. “Search and watch functions, system messaging, and workflow tools are integrated for all levels of users. Through Newsjaz, reporters can concentrate on writing while managers can more easily oversee the production flow.”

Earlier this month, RTP-based MediaSpan announced that it participated in the IFRA Publishing Expo to further strengthen its customer partnerships in Europe. During the four day show, MediaSpan’s Harris Publishing and Baseview Divisions served host to numerous European publishing groups including IWARE SA of Switzerland, PrePress & Publishing Systems of Ireland, MonoPresse of France, Wifac of the Netherlands, Setanta of Germany and Lighthouse Software of Sweden.

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