Apple News launched last year and the news app was only available to certain publishers who could use the full Apple News format and tools.
Any publisher with an RSS feed, ourselves included could join Apple News, although we did not have access to all of the tools that were made available to the major publishers.
This is about to change as Apple has announced that they are now opening up all of the publishing tools on the platform to all publishers.
Since Apple launched the app in September, it has attracted more than 100 major publishers as partners, including this magazine’s Web site. What the new launch means is that anyone—from individual bloggers to smaller, independent news organizations—will be able to edit and deliver their stories, videos, galleries, and audio in the Apple News format, with Apple News’s reach.
This should expand the platform significantly and allow many of the smaller publishers to compete with the larger ones on a level p-laying field.