Gannett, the media company behind USA Today and dozens of local news publications, has announced the launch of Imagn, its own image licensing and wire service. Imagn is a rebrand of Gannett's USA Today Sports Images business unit, which has been expanded to provide news and media outlets with images related to entertainment, breaking news, and sports.

The images are sourced from the USA Today Network, which pulls the content from USA Today and the 109 local news brands owned by Gannett, according to a press release from the company. In addition to images from photojournalists working across the USA Today Network, Gannett says specialized images are provided through Imagn from its partner SIPA USA.

The platform kicks off with 600,000 images per year sourced from 300 sports photographers across the nation. That number will grow to 1.8 million images per year under this expansion, Gannett revealed, with the company claiming Imagn is now one of the biggest sources of original editorial images in the US.

Imagn offers both flat fee and subscription-based purchasing options; the subscription is split into three tiers based on image subject matter and offers unlimited images for editorial use. Given Gannett's vast number of local newsrooms, the company may be uniquely positioned to offer a large library of images from smaller regions around the nation.