TASS is Russia’s leading state news agency, and on September 1, 2020, the agency celebrated its 116th anniversary.
Almost 2,000 employees worldwide ensure the agency's operation in real time. Regional information centers in St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk and Yekaterinburg, in addition to dozens of offices in Russia’s regions, along with 63 global branches in 60 countries enable TASS to quickly receive information from any corner of the globe.
TASS publishes about 2,000 news items and about 600-800 photographs and videos from correspondents in Russia and across the world daily, forming a complete and objective picture of events. TASS subscribers, including Russian and foreign media, as well as federal and regional government bodies, have access to a wide range of 70 news feeds and topic-oriented services both in Russian and English.
The agency's main digital product — tass.ru — is one of the largest online media outlets in Russia. Over the ten months of 2020, its audience amounted to 156 million visitors, an average of 27 million per month. The resource implements modern and promising digital media trends: special projects, infographics, photos and videos in 360° format, animation, podcasts, and so on. Over 70% of the audience reads tass.ru from mobile devices, namely, smartphones and tablets.
State-of-the-art digital projects and media resources are being developed under the agency’s brand. The portal "The Future of Russia. National Projects", operated by TASS, "This is the Caucasus", the "Newm" project, which focuses on kids and teens, are among such projects. With the help of 360° video, infographics, podcasts and motion graphics, our agency seeks to convey reliable information to the widest audience possible. TASS special projects, detailed stories told by using modern design tools, have received numerous awards at Russian and international professional contests, for example, the Runet Award, the Kantar Information is Beautiful Award, Malofej, the Red Dot Design Award, the SND Best of Digital Design, and the European Design Awards.
On tass.ru, along social networks, as well as on popular services, theme-based podcasts are available — regular audio programs in different genres and on different topics, such as: "Tactus": Everything You Wanted to Know about Music; “Affordable”: How to Get Your Finances in Order; "Family Business": How Business Changes A Person; “Kuindzhi Speechless": Facts about Artists that You Have Not Heard.
TASS annually organizes more than 1,300 press conferences, educational and business events. Russian and foreign politicians, representatives of the largest Russian and foreign corporations, cultural, scientific and sports elites take part in these functions.
The TASS Conferences platform organizes online and offline high-profile business junctures. More than 450 events have been held since 2016.
TASS’ Photo Bank has the largest collection of news snapshots among CIS news services, containing more than 30 million images, works by TASS correspondents, partners and the agency’s archive materials since the beginning of the 20th century. Starting in 2019, the agency began publishing video reports by TASS correspondents on the tassphoto.com site. In 2020, video content created by TASS journalists became available on the Reuters Connect digital platform.
In October 2020, TASS announced the launch of News Photo Awards.Overcoming COVID — an international photo contest for professional photojournalists. This contest is devoted to the coronavirus pandemic that broke out in 2020 and aims to shine the spotlight on the significance of the work of photojournalists who demonstrated professional heroism during the COVID-19 outbreak. The winners of the competition will be announced on March 11, 2021 — the anniversary of the announcement of the coronavirus pandemic by the World Health Organization.
A unique educational center — the Academy of News — was set up with TASS support. Its training programs are designed specifically for PR and press service staff, editors, content managers and reporters.
TASS maintains partnerships with more than 60 news agencies around the world. The agency heads the Russian National Committee of the UNESCO International Program for the Development of Communication (IPDC), and has a seat on the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee on Information and Communications and the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO. In 1999, the World Association of Russian Press (WARP) — the only global association of Russian-speaking journalists — was established upon TASS' request.
TASS is an active and respected member of the following global and regional organizations: the World Media Summit (WMS); News Agencies World Congress (NAWC); the European Alliance of News Agencies (EANA); the Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA); the Black Sea Association of National News Agencies (BSANNA); the CIS Council of Heads of State News Agencies (CIS Information Council); and the Association of National News Agencies of the CIS Member States (ANIA).