Real Times Media expands content sharing with ProQuest

DETROIT—Real Times Media, the Detroit-based marketing and communications firm that publishes six historically African-American newspapers, announced it has extended its archive agreement with ProQuest Corp., the Ann Arbor-based information services provider.

Under the agreement, Real Times granted exclusive worldwide rights for the education and library markets and non-exclusive worldwide rights for all other markets to reproduce, transmit and distribute the newspaper archives of the Chicago Defender, New Pittsburgh Courier and Atlanta Daily World.

With the extension, RTM and ProQuest are expanding the partnership to include the media company’s Michigan Chronicle archives through 2029. RTM receives royalties from licensed content.

ProQuest, which offers the world’s largest collection of journals, ebooks, primary sources, dissertations, news, and videos to academic, K-12, public, corporate and government libraries in 150 countries, curates six centuries of content.

“ProQuest is an innovative and ambitious leader in educational technology, making them the perfect partner to help Real Times Media advance our mission to evolve who we are as a content provider,” said Hiram E. Jackson, Real Times Media CEO.

Added Susan Bokern, ProQuest vice president of product management: “Content from Real Times Media is extremely valuable to research, teaching and learning across disciplines. We share Real Times Media’s mission to enhance the impact of this rich portfolio of historical content by making it easily accessible to those who need it.”

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