As a relative newcomer to this historic company I never cease to be amazed at how many people I meet who have worked for UPI and wear their service as a badge of pride. At times it seems that the world, or at least the media world, is full of Unipressers. These people are a living witness to the central, important role played by United Press, then later United Press International, in the development of news media throughout the past century.

In this centennial year, we want to celebrate all those who contributed to this remarkable history. We also want to take stock of the past, and prepare to move forward into a new and different future.

Today, the current owners, News World Communications, have put UPI back on a manageable financial basis with good prospects for growth in the future. We have abandoned the unworkable model of a general news service. Instead we have focused on our strengths, offering specialized information and analysis in the international security sphere.

Let it be clear, however, that our ambitions do not end there. UPI is determined to play as significant a role in the new media forms of the 21st century, as we did in the traditional forms of the 20th. We plan to pull together new sources of content, to be gathered and distributed using new forms of technology, to reach new markets. In this we have the support of our owners.

Our goal is nothing less than to remake UPI, embodying our core news values in the forms of 21st century media. This is our centennial agenda.

Michael Marshall