North American News Text Corpus

Item Name: North American News Text Corpus
Authors: David Graff
LDC Catalog No.: LDC95T21
ISBN: 1-58563-053-5
Data Type: text
Data Source(s): newswire
Project(s): EARS, GALE, Hub4, MUC, TIDES
Application(s): information retrieval, language modeling
Language(s): English
Language ID(s): eng
Distribution: 1 DVD
Member fee: $0 for 1995, 1996, 1997 members
Non-member Fee: N/A (Members Only)
Reduced-License Fee: N/A
Extra-Copy Fee: US $200.00
Member License: yes
Online documentation: yes
Licensing Instructions: Subscription & Standard Members, and Non-Members
Citation: David Graff
North American News Text Corpus
Linguistic Data Consortium, Philadelphia

The North American News Text corpus is composed of news text that has been formatted using TIPSTER-style SGML markup. The text is taken from the following sources: Source Dates Approx. # Words Covered (Millions) ------------------------------------------------------- Los Angeles Times & 05/94-08/97 52 Washington Post New York Times News 07/94-12/96 173 Syndicate Reuters News Service 04/94-12/96 85 (General & Financial) Wall Street Journal 07/94-12/96 40 ------------------------------------------------------- Both the New York Times and the L. A. Times/Washington Post services actually include a range of other newspaper sources in their syndicated newswires. The L. A. Times/Washington Post material will be found to include the following sources (in lesser amounts) in addition to the two predominant sources:
  • Newsday
  • The Baltimore Sun
  • The Hartford Courant

The New York Times material will be found to contain the following sources (in lesser amounts), but N.Y. Times articles predominate:

  • Bloomberg Business News
  • The Boston Globe
  • Los Angeles Daily News
  • Fort Worth Star-Telegram
  • Newsweek
  • Cox News Service
  • The Arizona Republic
  • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
  • San Francisco Examiner
  • Houston Chronicle
  • San Francisco Chronicle
  • Economist Newspaper Ltd.
  • Hearst Newspapers

Both of these newswire services also include small numbers of articles from a larger set of miscellaneous sources. The ones listed above appear with some frequency on a daily basis.


Portions 1994-1996 Dow Jones & Company, Inc., 1994-1997 Los Angeles Times-Washington Post News Service, Inc., 1994-1996 New York Times, 1994-1996 Reuters America, Inc., 1995-1997 Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.


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