City News Service is the nation's largest regional wire service, operating 24 hours a day. More than 150 subscribers - media, private business and government offices - rely on CNS around the clock for top news of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Diego counties.
CNS has full-time reporters covering all the important news center "beats," such as public safety centers ("police beat"), courts, local and county governments. These reporters are employees of CNS - we never rely on stringers or free-lancers. We have reporters covering these essential beats in every one of our Southern California counties. In addition, of course, we also have general assignment reporters not assigned to specific beats, but who go out on stories as news develops.
The main editing center for CNS is in Los Angeles. No beat reporter is able to file to the wire. Every item from beats in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Diego counties is transmitted instantly to the Los Angeles editing center. CNS editors review every item before anything is sent to subscribers. As with any other major professional newsroom, editors may rewrite, add or eliminate information in stories. Or they may call the individual reporters to be sure each story, advisory or budget item is accurate and clear.