Grabien — an online, distributed news prep service — is where newsmakers meet news takers.

As the world’s first online marketplace for professionally edited news multimedia, Grabien helps both the supply & demand sides of the news industry. Grabien features audio and video clips from the day’s top stories, drawn from third-party editors. The service primarily hosts short news clips pulled from longer speeches, press conferences, and other news events.

Ultimately, by easing access to sought-after multimedia, Grabien is helping further expand the news industry itself, bridging the resources of “old media” with the drive and dynamism of “new media.”

(To read more about how Grabien plans to reshape the media landscape, read our vision statement.)

Grabien content is generated from a decentralized network of contributors. To ensure the highest editorial standards are met, Grabien staffers only permit content that comports to the site’s rules and style guide.

Whenever clips are purchased, the uploader receives a commission, up to 50 percent of that sale. Users receive 500 free coins upon creating an account to get accustomed to the site; these "promo" coins do not credit the uploaders’ accounts. 

Grabien commerce is transacted in Grabien Coins, an internal currency with an exchange rate of roughly 1 cent per Grabien Coin. Prices are as follows:

  Audio Clips Video Clips
Download file 50 coins 100 coins
Embed code 50 coins 50 coins
Clipper (customized clips) 100 coins 100 coins
Clipper with updated transcript 75 coins 75 coins
Requests 5,000 coins 5,000 coins


Audio and video clips featured on Grabien are free to listen to and watch. However, video clips include a brief intro as well as watermark and “audiomarks,” which are used to prevent producers from directly recording clips.


How Can Grabien Help You?

Media. If you work in media, Grabien is a new resource to locate audio and video clips for broadcast on radio, TV, and online news sites. Grabien also partners with established media outlets, providing these organizations with a marketplace to retail their content. 

Editors/Bloggers/Citizen Journalists. If you produce multimedia — that is, you edit sound/video clips for use online or in professional broadcast — Grabien is the ultimate marketplace to showcase and retail your edited content. If you’re a blogger or small-time media outlet looking to feature multimedia but lack the resources or technical ability to do so, Grabien is an affordable and easy solution.

PR & Newsmakers. If you work in PR and would like copies of your clients’ TV/radio interviews, Grabien can help. If the user elects, the clip will be added to Grabien’s MediaBase, where it’s accessible to 3,500-plus users working in media. Meaning, more mileage out of each media hit. 

News Junkies, Academics, & Researchers. Grabien media includes unmatched metadata — transcripts, locations, featured persons, etc. — which make the site’s MediaBank a powerful research tool. Users can locate media utilizing a host of tools: filters that narrow available media by subject, date, and file type; a key-word search the scans files’ transcripts and other metadata, as well as profile pages where sources, users, and newsmakers list their respective available content. 

Grabien's technologies are patented (U.S. Pat 9,342,599).

Q: Do you have to pay to use this site?

A: No. Everything on this site is free to view, hear, and/or read. Members pay the equivalent of between $.50-$1.00 for files they would like to keep. There are no membership fees, initiation fees, “convenience fees,” shipping and handling charges, or taxes.

Q: How can you charge for this stuff?

A: Actually, we’re not. The content on this site is freely available. In fact, with the exception of audio/video recorded off TV, URLs are always provided to the media’s original sources. Users can follow these links to edit clips themselves. However, for a small per-file fee, users can instead pay for others to perform this editing service on their behalf. In effect, Grabien members are hiring third-party a/v experts to record, process, edit, etc., sought-after content that is suitable for broadcast on radio and TV. Of course, these clips are also available for individual news consumers who wish to retain personal copies.

Q: Do clips come with licenses?

A: No. We do NOT sell licensing; if you need a license, please contact the content creator. 

Q: Can I request new sound/video clips?

A: News tips can be directed here. A formal order form is here.

Q: What are Grabien coins and how do they work?

A: Grabien coins are the site’s currency. Users spend coins to purchase edited clips. The coins themselves can be purchased with U.S. currency, via credit card, PayPal, and Dwolla. Uploaders receive Grabien coins whenever their content is purchased; these coins can be redeemed for U.S. currency at any point (a minimum of 1,000 coins are required to “cash out”). Uploaders can also put their accumulated coins back into circulation by purchasing other media.

Q: Can I receive coins for getting someone else to create a Grabien account?

A: If you refer Grabien to a new user, tell that user to enter your referral code during the sign-up process. When that new user creates his account,  yours will immediately be given 100 bonus promo coins.

Even better: For every deposit this new user makes, your account will be matched 1-to-1 with promo coins. (As an example, if the user you encouraged to sign up buys 1,000 coins, your account will receive 1,000 promo coins.) Note that promo coins work just like regular coins, except with with certain features — such as Requests — the price is slightly higher.

Where is your referral code? At the top of your profile page as soon as you log in.

Q: How can I find exactly what I’m looking for?

A: Grabien’s multimedia databases (the ClipsBank, NewsBase, PhotoBank, RadioBankPodBank, TranscriptBank) are easily searchable using text-based keywords. Users can also use tools for greater precision. Examples:

— “Keywords in quotes” will search for this exact phrase.

— A multiple keyword search without double quotes will search all of these words, but results will not necessarily include these words in the exact order typed. 

— Entering two search terms with a minus before the latter will search for the first term but not show results that contain the second. (For example, “hello -world” will only show results that have the word “hello” but not “world.”)

— Using a spacer will search for either term. (For example, “hello | world” will only show results that either have the keyword “hello” or “world.”)

— Adding a caret before a keyword will show results where that keyword is the first word used. (For example, “^hello” will only show results the word “hello” as the first word of the transcript/clip title/etc.)

— Adding a dollar sign after a keyword only show results where the keyword comes at the end. (For example, “hello$” will only show results the word “hello” at the end of the transcript/clip title/etc.)  

— Using double “less than” signs between keyword terms will only show results that have the keywords in the specified order. (For example, “Hello « world « bye,” would only show results that have these three keywords in this exact order.

Q: How is Grabien pronounced?

A: Grey-bee-en. 

Q: What if I notice a mistake on Grabien?

A: If you submit corrections that are determined to be accurate, site staff will supplement your account with bonus Grabien coins. The amount varies depending on the egregiousness of the error. Helping make Grabien the most accurate news source in the world is a profitable enterprise.

Q: What's the story behind Grabien?

A: Read about the company's history here

Promo Codes. Accounts can only utilize a specific promo code once. Account holders are prohibited from creating multiple accounts to utilize the same promo code twice, or take advantage of other such new-user benefits. Users caught thus attempting circumventing these rules are subject to losing their accounts and being banned from the site.

Uploading. Users’ uploaded content must either be non-copyrighted and non-rights reserved, or satisfy Fair Use purposes. the uploading party explicitly represents to Grabien that the uploading party has the legal right to upload the content and that, among other things, utilization, editing, and re-broadcasting of the uploaded content does not violate any law or infringe on the legal rights of any other party. Users must abide by all applicable laws, and Grabien cannot and will not accept responsibility for any other party’s unlawful use of the content.

Fair Use applies limitations to exclusive rights, particularly for media. 17 USC § 107: “Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright.” [Source: United States Copyright Office website (, last viewed April 9, 2013.]

Content cannot be reproduced in whole unless the uploader is also the original source. Everyone else must abide by Fair Use limits to appropriated content. Most specifically, the appropriation must be a very small percentage of the source material (de minimis), or it must pass the test of a “transformative use” to satisfy being perceived as an authorized derivative. The uploading party explicitly represents to Grabien that the uploading party has the legal right to upload the content and that, among other things, utilization, editing, and rebroadcasting of the uploaded content does not violate any law or infringe on the legal rights of any other party.

Moderators will to the best of their professional ability reject any media falling outside the domain of Fair Use.

File Types. You can upload files in following media formats:

Video: AVI, FLV, MOV, MP4, M4V, MPG, WMV, 3GP.

Audio: MP3, OGG, M4A, WAV.

File Size. The maximum file size is currently 4 GB.

Editing. Uploaders may only edit audio/video files in accordance within TV/radio journalistic standards. Clips may — and should — be digitally edited to optimize quality (e.g., audio levels normalized, levels balanced) but not edited to alter content. Uploaders may not edit content to alter the original meaning; attempting to do so will result in being banned from the site after an initial warning. More about Grabien’s editorial policies is available in the Grabien Style Guide

Attribution. Clips must include a source (network/website/etc.) where the content was recorded from. If the idea for the clip came from another news outlet, it's also mandatory to list that news outlet as a source on the clip. Failure to obey will result in the uploader not receiving commissions on said content, amongst other penalties including possible bans from Grabien's marketplace. 

Prohibitions. Subscription accounts (Enterprise) are prohibited from being shared amongst more than one media outlet or corporation; sharing login details may result in the termination of the account. 

Uses & Liability. Any unlawful use of the clips downloaded from Grabien is not sanctioned by Grabien, and Grabien will assume no responsibility whatsoever for any unlawful practices perpetrated by any party downloading clips from Grabien or any unlawful practices perpetrated by any third party in receipt of a clip downloaded from Grabien. By utilizing Grabien or downloading any clip from Grabien, the utilizer or downloader explicitly agrees to hold Grabien harmless in any legal action that might result from that utilizer or downloader’s conduct.

Grabien Privacy Policy (Revised: June 24, 2020)


This Privacy Policy explains how Grabien Inc. and its affiliates, including Grabien’s third-party advertising company Intermarkets, Inc. (collectively “Grabien,” “We,” and/or “Us” ), collect, use, and share information from or about you when you use our website (“Website”), emails, and other digital products, including any online or mobile website, application (“app”), or other digital product or service installation through which this Privacy Policy appears (each a “Service,” collectively the “Services”), that may display interactive advertisements.

Your privacy is important to us, and we are committed to protecting the personal information you share with us. This Privacy Policy explains how we collect, use, protect, and share information when you are served an advertisement using or visiting the Services. This Privacy Policy also explains your choices for managing your information preferences.

By using the Services, you consent to this Privacy Policy. This Privacy Policy does not apply to the practices of third parties that Grabien does not own, control, manage, or employ.  This online privacy policy applies only to information collected through our Website and not to information collected offline.

Grabien uses the following ad servers and their privacy policies can be found by clicking on their names below:





While we are not a member, we are committed to following the Network Advertising Initiative’s Self-Regulatory Principles.

Information We Collect through the Services


Personally Identifiable Information:
We collect information that personally identifies you, such as your name, username, email address, credit card details, and other information as we may from time to time request at our discretion (“Personally Identifiable Information” or “PII”) if you choose to share such information with us. For example, you may be asked to provide us with certain Personally Identifiable Information when you register with or use our Services, sign up for an email subscription, and at other times. The decision to provide this information is optional; however, if you elect not to register with or provide such information, you may not be able to access certain content, features, or services available on or through the Services. We reserve the right to send you certain communications relating to the Grabien service, such as service announcements, administrative messages, special promotions, and Grabien newsletters, which are considered part of your account, without offering you the opportunity to opt out of receiving them. After a transaction, your private information (credit cards, financials, etc.) will not be stored on our servers.

Non-Personally Identifiable Information:
We automatically collect Non-Personally Identifiable Information when you use the Site. Non-Personally Identifiable Information includes demographic information (such as age, gender, city or state) and a user’s click stream information. Click stream data is anonymous and can include information such as your IP address, webpages viewed, the date and time at which those pages were viewed and interaction with content and advertisements on those webpages. Technologies used to collect this click stream data include cookies and web beacons. Grabien collects Non-Personally Identifiable Information and stores it in log files. We use this information to help us understand how people use our Site. For example, each time you use the Website we automatically collect the type of web browser you use, your operating system, your ISP, which pages you view, and the time and duration of your visits to the Site.

We may supplement our click stream data with Non-Personally Identifiable Information (namely, behavioral and demographic data from third party Services Providers as defined below) to target and serve some of the advertisements you see on the Services. This anonymous supplemental data may include such things as zip code, age, gender, and income range. We use the Non-Personally Identifiable Information described above to better customize the sort of advertisements you see. This information also may be used to help measure and research an advertisement’s effectiveness, or for other purposes. We also aggregate anonymous cookie data in order to identify large audience segments that assist advertisers in targeting their campaigns to the most relevant Internet audience.

While we encourage third party advertising providers to comply with applicable law and self-regulatory standards, there are far too many online advertising transactions occurring on our Website to police every transaction. We pass through all advertising disclosures and opt-out mechanisms of the advertising providers, but the use and collection of information by our third-party advertising Service Providers is governed by the individual privacy policies of those providers.

Social Media Information:
If you visit the Services on a device on which you also use social networks or if you interact with us through a social media service or other platform, we may have access to some information you provide to that social network or platform such as your name, email address, friend list, photo, age, gender, location, birthday, social networking ID, current city, and the people/sites you follow, or your posts or “likes.”  For a description on how social media services and other third-party platforms, plug-ins, integrations or applications handle your information, please refer to their respective privacy policies and terms of use, which may permit you to modify your privacy settings.

To remove the collected social media information associated with your account, please contact us.

Cookies and Web Beacons:
We may use cookies (a small text file placed on your computer to identify your computer and browser), web beacons (an electronic file placed on a website that monitors usage), and other similar technologies to improve the quality of the Services and to better target and analyze consumer behavior with the goal of providing better and more relevant advertising. Our cookie does not include your name or anything personal to you. It simply tells us that we have encountered your computer at some prior point. Most web browsers are initially set up to accept cookies. You can reset your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, certain features of the Services may not work if you delete or disable cookies. Alternatively, you are always free to opt out of the cookies.

Some of our Service Providers may use their own cookies and web beacons in connection with the services they perform on our behalf. If you would like more information about these practices and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, please click here.


Interest-Based Advertising:
When you use our website, we share information that we may collect from you, such as your email (in hashed form), IP address or information about your browser or operating system, with our partners/service providers, including but not limited to, LiveRamp Inc and its group companies (‘LiveRamp’). LiveRamp may use our first party cookie on your browser to match your shared information to their marketing databases in order to provide back a pseudonymous privacy-centric identifier for our use in real time bidding in digital advertising. These third parties may in turn link further demographic or interest-based information to your browser. To opt out of this use, please head here:


How We Use and Share Information Collected through the Services


We use Personally Identifiable Information and Non-Personally Identifiable Information for internal purposes only, such as to notify you of new products or services, to send service notifications, to customize the advertising and content you see, to offer email promotions from our trusted network of partners (which you may opt-out of at any time, as described more fully below), to fulfill your requests for products and services, to improve the Services, to conduct research, to solicit your feedback and input about the Services, and to provide more relevant and effective products, services, and advertisements on or through the Services.

Personally Identifiable Information and Non-Personally Identifiable Information may be combined with data collected from other sources so that we may further improve the relevance and effectiveness of products, services, and advertisements offered on or through the Services. We will not sell, share, or rent Personally Identifiable Information and Non-Personally Identifiable Information to third parties, and we will not otherwise disclose Personally Identifiable Information and Non-Personally Identifiable Information to third parties, without your permission, except as expressly disclosed in this Privacy Policy.

Service Providers:
Grabien may share Personally Identifiable Information with its service providers that help Grabien provide the services that you request (“Service Providers”). For example, we may contract with Service Providers to provide certain services, such as credit card processing, advertising, analytics tools, data management services, web hosting, and web development. We provide our Service Providers with the information needed for them to perform these services, however, each Service Provider must agree to implement and maintain reasonable security procedures and practices appropriate to the nature of the information involved in order to protect your information from unauthorized access, destruction, use, modification or disclosure.

Non-Personally Identifiable Information Only:
We may use, and disclose to third parties, certain Non-Personally Identifiable Information regarding the Website (e.g., number of visits, page views, and the like) without your permission. However, such information does not identify you individually.

Other Transfers:
We may share Personally Identifiable Information and Non-Personally Identifiable Information with businesses controlling, controlled by, or under common control with Grabien. If Grabien is merged, acquired, or sold, or in the event of a transfer of some or all of our assets, we may disclose or transfer Personally Identifiable Information and Non-Personally Identifiable Information in connection with such transaction. You will have the opportunity to opt out of any such transfer if, in our discretion, the new entity plans to handle your information in a way that differs materially from this Privacy Policy.

Third Party Sharing:
We may use, and disclose to third parties, certain Non-Personally Identifiable Information regarding the Website (e.g., number of visits, page views, and the like) without your permission. However, such information does not identify you individually. As for Personally Identifiable Information, we may share your first name, email address, zip code, and party affiliation with our trusted network of partners. However, we will provide you with an opportunity to opt out of sharing such information.

Compliance with Laws and Law Enforcement:
Grabien cooperates with government and law enforcement officials and private parties to enforce and comply with the law. Grabien reserves the right to disclose Personally Identifiable Information and Non-Personally Identifiable Information to government or law enforcement officials or private parties if, in our discretion, we believe it is necessary or appropriate in order to respond to legal requests (including court orders and subpoenas), to protect the safety, property or rights of Grabien or of any third party, to prevent or stop any illegal, unethical, or legally actionable activity, or to comply with the law.

Opt-Out of Third Party Sharing of Personal Information:


Email Opt-Out Procedure:

Once a request to opt out has been received, Grabien will send a confirming email message to the user that the user’s Personally Identifiable Information has been successfully opted out of Grabien’s database. If you do not receive this confirmatory email, then please contact us to ensure that your request was received and processed.

Cookie Opt-Out Procedure:
Grabien and our service providers may use the information we collect from and about you to deliver relevant ads to you when you use the Services (on any of your devices) or another service. As noted above, third-party advertising networks and advertisers may use cookies and similar technologies to collect and track information such as demographic information, inferred interests, aggregated information, and information the different devices you use and your activity on such devices, to assist them in delivering advertising that is more relevant to your interests. To find out more about interest-based advertising and third-party entities that use these technologies, please go to


PLEASE NOTE that if you erase or otherwise alter your browser’s cookie file (including upgrading certain browsers) you may need to opt out again.

PLEASE NOTE that opting out of the interest-based ad-serving cookie does not mean that you will stop seeing either pop up advertising or banner ads embedded in websites. You can control many pop ups by using free software available on the Internet or by disabling JavaScript on your browser. Grabien has no control over the use or frequency of pop-up ads employed by website publishers or software manufacturers.

Mobile Opt-Out Procedure:

We also sometimes use, or partner with publishers, publisher-facing, or app developer platforms that use mobile Software Development Kits (“SDKs”), or use an SDK with a mobile app that we offer, to collect Information, such as mobile identifiers (e.g., IDFAs and Android Advertising IDs), and information connected to how mobile devices interact with our Services and those using our Services. A mobile SDK is the mobile app version of a web beacon (see “Web Beacons” above). The SDK is a bit of computer code that app developers can include in their apps to enable ads to be shown, data to be collected, and related services or analytics to be performed. We may use this technology to deliver or help our Partners deliver certain advertising through mobile applications and browsers based on information associated with your mobile device.

Depending on your device, you may be able to reset your mobile device's advertising identifier at any time by accessing the privacy settings on your mobile device. In addition, each operating system, iOS for Apple phones, Android for Android devices and Windows for Microsoft devices, provides its own instructions on how to prevent the delivery of tailored in-application advertisements. You may review the support materials and/or the privacy settings for the respective operating systems in order to opt-out of tailored in-application advertisements.


PLEASE NOTE that all Cookie and Mobile opt-out tools referenced above are provided by third parties, not Grabien. Grabien does not control or operate these tools or the choices that advertisers and others provide through these tools.

Third Party Websites:
The Services may contain links to websites or content operated and maintained by third parties. Grabien does not control those sites or their privacy practices, which may differ from our practices. If you click on a link or an advertisement, the privacy policy of the website to which you link will govern the collection and use of your information by that website’s operator(s). You access such third-party websites or content at your own risk. You should always read the privacy policy of a third-party website before disclosing any information to the website. For more information, please click here. [LINK IS:]  

Spyware or Adware:
These terms refer to applications that are downloaded to your computer. These types of applications deliver ads (usually in the form of pop-up type ads) based on your web usage. We do not participate in any way with spyware or adware applications, and we do not download these types (or any types) of applications without your expressed acceptance. Cookies are not spyware or adware, and they are not harmful to your computer.

Public Forums:
Please be advised that, whenever you voluntarily post information to any Grabien community page or any other public forums, such information can and may be accessed by the public. This means that any person or entity with access to such information can potentially use it for any purpose, including sending unsolicited communications.

We recognize the importance of safeguarding the confidentiality of your information. Accordingly, we employ standard security measures designed to protect your information from unauthorized access. However, no data transmission over the Internet or other network can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Therefore, while we strive to protect any information you transmit on or through the Site, please be advised that Grabien assumes no responsibility or liability for disclosure of your information due to errors in transmission, unauthorized third-party access, or other causes beyond Grabien’s reasonable control.

Processing in the United States:
We process and store all information in the United States. By using our Services, you agree that the collection, use, transfer, and disclosure of your Personally Identifiable Information will be governed by the applicable laws in the United States.

Children’s Privacy Statement:
The Grabien Services are directed to, and intended for use by, adults only. We do not knowingly collect information from children under the age of 13. If we become aware that we have inadvertently received information from a child under the age of 13, we will delete such information from our records. Because we do not knowingly collect any information from children under the age of 13, we also do not knowingly distribute such information to third parties.

Terms and Conditions:
Please also visit our Rules section establishing the use, disclaimers, and limitations of liability governing the use of our Website at

Privacy Policy Changes:
Grabien may update this Privacy Policy from time to time, and so you should review this Policy periodically. If we decide to change this Privacy Policy, we will inform you by posting the revised Privacy Policy on the Services. Those changes will go into effect on the Revision Date shown at the top of the revised Privacy Policy. Your continued use of the Services constitutes your consent to the revised Privacy Policy.

Acceptance of Privacy Policy:
When you use the Grabien Services, you are accepting the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy, and Grabien will have the right to use your information as described in this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to have your information used in any of the ways described in this Privacy Policy, you must discontinue use of the Grabien Services. You can also access, correct, or change your Personally Identifiable Information, or opt-out of our direct marketing efforts, by sending an email to Once a request to opt out has been received, Grabien will send a confirming email message to the user that the user’s Personally Identifiable Information has been successfully opted out of Grabien’s database. If you do not receive this confirmatory email, then please contact us to ensure that your request was received and processed. If you have questions or concerns about this Privacy Policy, please email us at info@grabien.comor send us a letter at Grabien Inc., Attention: Privacy, 257 Grand Street #1113, Brooklyn, NY 11211.

California Privacy Notice:
California’s Shine the Light law provides California residents with the right to receive disclosures about any sharing of their personal information with other companies.

If you are a California resident and you provided your personal information to Grabien, then, once each calendar year, you may submit a written request for information about the information we shared, if any, with other companies for their use in direct marketing. To submit your written request, please email us at or send us a letter at Grabien Inc., Attention: Privacy, 257 Grand Street #1113, Brooklyn, NY 11211 with “Request for California Privacy” in the letter subject line.

Within 30 days of receiving your request, we will send you a list of the categories of personal information disclosed to third parties for third-party direct marketing purposes during the immediately preceding calendar year, along with the names and addresses of these third parties.

We reserve our right not to respond to requests sent more than once in a calendar year, or requests submitted to an address other than the one posted in this notice.

Please note that the California Shine the Light law does not cover all information sharing. Our disclosure only includes information covered by the law.


Users in the EEA and Switzerland


If you are a resident of the EEA or Switzerland, the following information applies with respect to personal data collected through your use of our Services.

Purposes of processing and legal basis for processing:
We process personal data consistent with our disclosures in this Privacy Policy. We process personal data on the following legal bases: (1) with your consent; (2) as necessary to perform our agreement to provide the Services; and (3) as necessary for our legitimate interests in providing the Services where those interests do not override your fundamental rights and freedoms related to data privacy.

Personal data we collect may be transferred to, and stored and processed in, the United States or any other country in which we or our affiliates or processors maintain facilities. We will ensure that transfers of personal data to a third country or an international organization are subject to appropriate safeguards.

Individual Rights:
If you are a resident of the EEA or Switzerland, we respect your rights according to Chapter 3 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation. In order to verify your identity, we may require you to provide us with personal information prior to accessing any records containing information about you.


Contacting Us


If there are any questions regarding this privacy policy you may contact us using the information below.


Grabien Inc.
1820 Ave. M #1163
Brooklyn, NY 11230

Grabien adheres for the most part to the AP style guide. This guide will expand as new style issues arise. 

9/11. Not 9-11.

Actor. Use the non-gendered term for both male and female actors. 

Adviser. Not "advisor."

Affiliates. When creating a new source for a local network affiliate, write the call letters first and then in parentheses, the station and city. For example, news clips that come from Fox’s St. Louis affiliate, KTVI, would have “KTVI (Fox 2 St. Louis)” listed as the source.

Affirmative Action. Not “affirmative action.”

All right. Not “alright.”

al Qaeda. Not al-Qaeda or Al Qaeda. 

Black. Not “African-American.” “Black” is only capitalized if it’s at the beginning of a sentence or in a headline. 

Congressman. The term applies to both men and women representatives. 

Coronavirus. Covid, Covid-19, or Coronavirus. Not COVID. 

Crosstalk. If content features crosstalk — where multiple people are speaking at once, rendering the words difficult to decipher — the transcript should indicate as such in brackets (e.g., “[crosstalk]”).


  • Em dashes: When using em dashes — where information is parenthetically contained within a sentence, as is being done here — use a space on either side of the em dash. Em dashes are double the length of usual dashes; if you do not know how to create one with your keyboard, double dashes are sufficient -- such as that.
  • En dashes: En dashes are single length dashes that are used with someone’s birth/death dates (e.g., “Sir Winston Churchill (1874–1960) served as Britain’s prime minister from 1940 until 1945.”)
  • Hyphens: Hyphens are smaller than en dashes and are used to combine words (e.g., pre-approval) as well as to combine multiple words acting together to modify a noun (e.g., first-quarter touchdown, or health-care system)

Ellipses. When ellipses are used in text, put a space on either side — Like … this. 

E-mail. Not email. Use a hyphen (e-mail if it’s not at the start of sentence). 

Gaps. Audio clips may be edited for length so long as the meaning of the content is not altered. Gaps between a speaker’s sentences can be shortened according to customary practice (i.e., not so much so that the clips sound edited). If words are excised to edit a clip for length, the original meaning of the clip must remain the same, and the clip’s transcript must indicate the excision with ellipses.

Video clips may also be edited for length. Again, the original meaning of the clip cannot be lost or altered in the process. Excisions must be marked by obvious visual elements signifying a passage of time.

Headlines. Fist, the point of the headline is to explain what is newsworthy about this news clip. Normally we are summarizing something someone said, emphasizing the part that is the most compelling. Second, we shall strive to keep  editorializing to a minimum. Third, prepositions less than 5 letters — "to," "for," "from," etc. — should always appear in lower case. UNLESS the word starts or ends a headline. For example: Biden Falls into a Vat of Ice Cream / Biden Ate a Vat of Ice Cream He Fell Into 

Health care. Not healthcare or health-care, unless the latter is modifying a noun (as in, “health-care spending”).

Hip-hop. ​Not hip hop.

Honorifics. Users who upload media featuring people not yet in Grabien’s MediaBank will be prompted to provide more information on these new entries. The name on the profile should include only the individual’s name — without any honorifics. For instance, because President Barack Obama has served in multiple offices and content may appear from any of these time periods, all content related to Barack Obama is listed under “Barack Obama” — not Sen. Obama or President Obama.

Within individuals’ biographies, AP style prevails: Honorifics are to be used on the first mention; Mr., Mrs., and Ms. on future references.

The “Dr.” honorific should be used only with individuals who hold a doctor of dental surgery, doctor of medicine, doctor of osteopathy, or doctor of podiatric medicine.

Internet. The Internet is a proper noun and is therefore capitalized.

ISIS. The terrorist group alternatively known as ISIS (The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) and ISIL (The Islamic State of Iraq in the Levant) should simply be referred to as ISIS. 

Mideast. When shorthand reference for the Middle East, it’s Mideast, not “Mid East.” 

Midterms. When referring to midterm congressional elections, it’s “midterms,” not “mid terms” or “mid-terms.” 

ObamaCare. Not Obamacare or Obama-Care.

Oxford comma. Also known as the serial comma, or the Harvard comma, the Oxford comma is employed at Grabien. To help you remember, recall the grammar joke: “We invited the strippers, JFK, and Stalin" — not, “We invited the strippers, JFK and Stalin.” 

PATRIOT Act. Not Patriot Act.

Quotes. Punctuation goes within double quotations, not outside. For example “Like this,” not “like this”.

Roadmap. One word. Not "road map."

State abbreviations: 

  • Alabama — Ala.
  • Alaska — Alaska
  • Arizona — Ariz.
  • Arkansas — Ark.
  • California — Calif.
  • Colorado — Colo.
  • Connecticut — Conn.
  • Delaware — Del.
  • District of Columbia — D.C.
  • Florida — Fla.
  • Georgia — Ga.
  • Hawaii — Hawaii
  • Idaho — Idaho
  • Illinois — Ill.
  • Indiana — Ind.
  • Iowa — Iowa
  • Kansas — Kan.
  • Kentucky — Ky.
  • Louisiana — La.
  • Maine — Maine
  • Maryland — Md.
  • Massachusetts — Mass.
  • Michigan — Mich.
  • Minnesota — Minn.
  • Mississippi — Miss.
  • Missouri — Mo.
  • Montana — Mont.
  • Nebraska — Neb.
  • Nevada — Nev.
  • New Hampshire — N.H.
  • New Jersey — N.J.
  • New Mexico — N.M.
  • New York — N.Y.
  • North Carolina — N.C.
  • North Dakota — N.D.
  • Ohio — Ohio
  • Oklahoma — Okla.
  • Oregon — Ore.
  • Pennsylvania — Pa.
  • Rhode Island — R.I.
  • South Carolina — S.C.
  • South Dakota — S.D.
  • Tennessee — Tenn.
  • Texas — Texas
  • Utah — Utah
  • Vermont — Vt.
  • Virginia — Va.
  • Washington — Wash.
  • West Virginia — W.Va.
  • Wisconsin — Wis.
  • Wyoming — Wyo.

Tea Party. For clarity, refer to the political movement as Tea Party and the social gathering as a tea party. 

Theater. Not “theatre.” Grabien uses the American spelling whenever there’s a divergence between British and American English.

Toward. Not “towards.”

Transcripts. Transcripts should feature a person’s name in all-caps, followed by his/her quotation. As indicated above, crosstalk should be noted within brackets, and any edited-out language must be noted with ellipses. In the event you don’t know a featured person’s name, use his title/position instead.


CARNEY: “I’m sure he’s aware of it — I know he’s aware of it — but, I haven’t spoken with him about it, so I can’t speak for his reaction. I can tell you that, more broadly, that our principle concern is for the students, and his principal concern is for the students and families who are affected by this situation. And we hope that both sides are able to come together to settle this quickly, and in the best interest of Chicago’s students, but beyond that, I haven’t got a specific reaction from the president.”
REPORTER: “Gov. Romney has weighed in on it, saying that the president has chosen a fight, chosen a side in the fight, that being the unions and the teachers. Any reaction to that?”
CARNEY: “Well, the president, as I think you just heard from me, has not expressed any opinion or made any assessment of this particular incident.”

In the event you’re uploading a clip featuring one person speaking in extended length, paragraphs are encouraged. Please see this page as an example. 

U.N. When abbreviating the United Nations, use periods (not UN). 

U.S. When abbreviating the United States, use periods (not US). 

If you’re curious how Grabien came to be, my name is Tom Elliott, and I’m the company’s founder. To understand the company is to understand its provenance.

Cliff's Notes version of my story: After a career that began in journalism (I founded a successful alternative paper at Bucknell University and later joined the editorial pages at The New York Sun and New York Post), Laura Ingraham hired me to be her executive producer. One aspect of producing radio is creating the clips that play on air; "cutting sound," as producers know, is endlessly time consuming — 

In the lab at the Laura Ingraham Show
Elliott in the lab at the Laura Ingraham Show

the news never stops, and the process of recording content, loading audio files into an editing program, pulling out clips, transcribing clips, labeling clips, writing clips up for daily cut lists — all takes tons of time. And that's just one aspect of producing a daily three-hour radio show.

I thought about producers I knew at shows that aired earlier than ours. Wouldn’t it be easier if we could pool our efforts so not every program had to create their own versions of the same clips? If you look at the industry from a bird's eye view, redundancy was everywhere. Grabien, as originally conceived, would serve as a database of news clips that producers could both post to and pull from. Without having to handle this kind of nitty-gritty work, producers would finally have time for more creative, higher skilled work. 

The problem? Producers, facing the aforementioned daily time deficit, couldn't be counted on to populate such a database. What I ended up doing instead was hiring a staff to clip the news ... for the industry at large. For radio shows, Grabien became a way to subcontract out production.  

Early on I realized the online news world is similarly inefficient. Virtually every major news site employs a "video guy" to create the clips that are embedded atop articles. In a media landscape struggling with profitability, that kind of duplicative work seems wasteful. So Grabien quickly evolved from being audio-focused to video-focused (while creating tools that enabled radio producers to easily pull sound from video clips). 

Today Grabien works with almost every major show in talk radio as well as most of the big online news sites. Blue chip PR firms and popular media personalities utilize our monitoring service, and we've recently launched a news site specifically for consumers. 

Along the way we've invented a number of innovative production tools (our LiveClipper lets producers tune into a live news event and create clips on the fly, simply by highlighting a portion of the transcript they'd like a clip of; our NewsMonitor lets producers tune into every major news event — simultaneously; our LiveShare lets organizers not only stream an event, but their fans to create clips and share them with friends/fellow fans/etc., helping organizers get more bang for their buck). 

We’ve partnered with iHeartRadio/Premiere, which, alongside Krantz Media Group (KMG) represent Grabien in barter contracts with radio stations.

We’ve partnered with the two of the biggest content providers in the world for news and stock photography; they use Grabien’s platform as another monetization opportunity, and our clients enjoy discounted access to their databases. 

And we’ve recently launched this slick new website.

What comes next? Check out our Manifesto for more on that.

Imagine an online marketplace where news from around the world is available for searching, previewing, and purchasing. Pre-edited news clips, print reporting, photojournalism, polling data, studies — everything. All available in one easily navigable website, with metadata that makes searching and subscribing to favored topics and users completely simple.

That’s what we’re building.

A place where traditional media compete alongside citizen journalists; a reimagined news ecosystem where anyone with a smartphone can wind-up serving as a stringer for a news wire; an online store publishers use to quickly locate the perfect news clip needed for a post.

Today, a lot of disintegration remains within the news industry. News happens; someone captures it; a reporter covers it; an editor proofs it; a news outlet publishes it; the content is distributed in print, online, and via digital channels like Apples News/Facebook Instant Articles, etc.; consumers read it, some share it, some comment; others come across this news from those who’ve shared it (either directly or over social media). 

Every step in this process occurs within its own silo. But this whole process could occur within one platform. This would make the process more efficient, the industry more profitable, and news more accessible (and, with fewer middlemen, more accurate). 

We're imagining an entirely new media ecosystem, from collection to consumption. We believe value can be added, from professionals and amateurs alike, at every stage of the distribution chain — even from end-use consumers. If that value is compensated, the system becomes more dynamic, responsive, and, if strategically executed, the overdue overhaul that enables the news business to stop cannibalizing itself. 

The news industry can thrive in an era driven by technology. And we plan to build that future.

If you share our view of what the future of news will — or, can — look like, and want to help us build it, we're always looking to explore new partnerships. Contact us

Tom Elliott – Founder, Editor-in-Chief

Tom is the founder and editor of Grabien. He created and produced The Peter Schiff Show and was previously the long-time executive producer of The Laura Ingraham Show, the 5th most listened to radio show in America. Before that, he served on the editorial boards of The New York Post and The New York Sun. He attended Bucknell University, where he founded the award-winning newspaper, The Counterweight. He's currently living with his three sons in Madrid, Spain. Follow him on Twitter @tomselliott

Joseph Diaz – Overnight Editor

Joseph is a graduate of industrial engineering in Ateneo de Davao University in Davao City, Philippines. He has been in the outsourcing industry for almost 10 years. He is also a part-time real estate broker and blogs about the local music scene and events in the city.