Multimedia Travel Experience for All Nippon Airways (ANA)

21 May 2015

Our Reuters Content Solutions, Reuters.com editors, developed a special, multimedia travel experience for All Nippon Airways (ANA) and visitors to the Reuters.com website. Wanting to offer our readers authentic business travel recommendations, we created a seamless branded content experience. Here’s how it worked…

First, the Reuters Editorial team re-ignited the popular 48 Hours In series, which features interviews with well-known and highly regarded business leaders sharing their favorite destinations to visit – and what particular meaning that city holds for their company. Interviews that have aired thus far include; Jonathan Tisch, co-chairman of the Loews Corporation discussing his favorite parts of Chicago; fashion house Marchesa co-founders, Georgina Chapman & Keren Craig sharing their affinity for the vibrant streets of Mumbai; and Group Founder and CEO Janice Bryant Howroyd on why she loves doing business in and taking time off in the British capital.

Then, ANA commissioned the Reuters Content Solutions team to create a highly stylized custom content package about ten different Asian business hubs entitled, Carry On. This package includes: short videos taking users on a brief journey to each bustling locale, articles and photo galleries profiling each city and at-a-glance fact boxes listing recommendations on the best places to stay, dine and play.

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ANA’s Carry On custom content provides real, authentic experiences through the eyes of our travel experts:

Rich Beattie, former executive Digital Editor of Travel + Leisure, offered his tips on where to take clients and colleagues to enjoy the finest of each city’s offerings, plus good-to-know local business customs (Hint: don’t accept ochazuke tea in Osaka – “it means the host thinks it’s time for you to leave”), and how to spend a free afternoon (should you be so lucky).

Barbara Fairchild, well-known in food circles and former Editor of Bon Appétit, offers her advice on hotels, restaurants and sightseeing pit-stops to make the most of a business stay.

Lastly, Reuters.com brought both 48 Hours In editorial highlights and Carry On custom content to life online through a large-format, interactive ad unit – which also links to a Custom Hub (a new solution from Reuters.com) that houses all of the Carry On multimedia content developed for ANA.

Take a moment for a quick cultural tour of some of the most impressive cities around the globe.

View the 48 Hours In page

And the Carry On custom landing page

Contact the Reuters Content Solutions team for all of your content marketing needs.

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Reuters Award Winning Journalism in 2015

20 May 2015

It’s been a busy time for recognition at Reuters.

Many awards have followed since we were recently selected as finalists at the Pulitzer Prizes and awarded the Sidney Hillman Prize for The Echo Chamber.

On May 9, Reuters journalists Amy Lefevre and Andrew R.C. Marshall were awarded the grand prize of the Human Rights Press Awards for their series on human trafficking in Thailand. Organized by The Foreign Correspondents’ Club Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Journalists Association and Amnesty International Hong Kong, the Human Rights Press Awards recognize the best rights-related reporting within Asia.

A team from Reuters received the Overseas Press Club (OPC) Malcolm Forbes Award for best international business news reporting by a newspaper or wire service for their “Comrade Capitalism” series. Investigative journalist David Rohde was honored with the organization’s President’s Award, for, as OPC President Marcus Mabry said, “a career fighting to expose ghastly injustice to the light, from Srebrenica to Afghanistan. For extraordinary courage and determination in the face of captivity. For an historic effort to craft a code of conduct for safely reporting global news. And for his compassion, humility and humanity.”

In Comrade Capitalism, a team led by Stephen Grey dissected dubious Kremlin deals and relationships, exposing, for the first time, how the elite prosper at the taxpayers’ expense in Putin’s Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a ceremony with newly appointed high-ranking military officers in Moscow's KremlinREUTERS/Alexei Druzhinin

This wasn’t the only recognition for the series this year. Among the recognitions the series has also garnered: Comrade Capitalism was Reuters own “Story of the Year” in the 2014 Journalists of the Year awards and won the International Investigative award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) earlier this week.

The Echo Chamber and Farmaceuticals have been named in the New York Press Club Awards contest, The Echo Chamber winning in the Political Coverage, Newspaper/Newswire category and the Farmaceuticals series won the top prize in the Feature Reporting: Science, Medicine, Technology category. The awards will be presented at a ceremony in June in New York.

The Supreme Court in WashingtonREUTERS/Molly Riley

Foster Farms Chief Veterinarian O'Connor checks a flock of chicks at the Fox Ranch complex near Turlock, CaliforniaREUTERS/Max Whittaker

Additionally, the Echo Chamber and Water’s Edge have been selected as finalists in the Global Editors Network’s Data Journalism Awards. This is Reuters first time being recognized in this prestigious program, which is the first international contest recognizing outstanding work in the field of data journalism worldwide. The judges selected 78 outstanding entries for the shortlist and will announce ten winners in the contest in June.

School children watch ducks swim on a pedestrian walkway where the Chesapeake Bay flooded City Dock in Annapolis

REUTERS/Mary F. Calvert

Reuters also took home awards in two additional categories at the SABEW awards and won a Sigma Delta Chi award from the Society of Professional Journalists.

 

You can find a full list of Reuters prize winners and finalists to date below:

 

Pulitzer Prizes

Finalist, Explanatory Reporting: The Echo Chamber

Finalist, International Reportining: Iraq coverage

 

Sidney Hillman Prize

Winner, Online: The Echo Chamber

 

Press Awards

Finalist, News Team of the Year: Comrade Capitalism

Finalist, Business/Economic Team of the Year: Comrade Capitalism

 

Overseas Press Club Awards

Winner, Malcolm Forbes category: Comrade Capitalism

Winner, President’s Award: David Rohde

 

Goldsmith Awards for Investigative Reporting

Finalist: The Echo Chamber

Philip Meyer Award Bronze: Water’s Edge

 

Royal Television Society Journalism Awards

Winner, Cameraman of the Year: Andriy Perun

 

Sigma Delta Chi Awards/Society of Professional Journalists

Winner, Non-Deadline Reporting: Water’s Edge

 

Deadline Club Awards

Finalist, Daniel Pearl Award for Investigative Reporting: Farmaceuticals

Finalist, Daniel Pearl Award for Investigative Reporting: Water’s Edge

 

SABEW Best-in-Business

Winner, International Investigative: Comrade Capitalism

Winner, News Agencies Commentary: Reynolds Holding, Breakingviews columns

Winner, News Agencies Explanatory: Water’s Edge

 

European Press Prize

Finalist, Investigative Reporting: Comrade Capitalism

 

National Association of Agricultural Journalists Awards

Winner, Special Projects: Farmaceuticals

 

WEBBY Awards

Finalist, Online Video: News & Politics: Series (Reuters TV)

Finalist, Online Video: News & Information (Reuters TV)

Finalist, Websites: Best Home/Welcome Page (Reuters TV)

 

New York Press Club Awards:

Winner, Feature Reporting-Science, Medicine, Technology: Farmaceuticals

Winner, Political Coverage: Newswire/Newswire: The Echo Chamber

Human Rights Press Awards Finalist: Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Andrew R.C. Marshall

 

Data Journalism Awards/Global Editors Network

Finalist: The Echo Chamber

Finalist: Water’s Edge

 

View a full list of Reuters Pictures Awards

 

 

Reuters Award Winning Photography in 2015

20 May 2015

Reuters photojournalists consistently produce captivating and inspiring images from around the world and a number of photographs have already been recognized by the industry in 2015, winning awards that cover a wide range of genres from current affairs to sport to portraiture.

Photographer Rodi Said won the Award of Excellence for General News at the Pictures of the Year International Competition (PoYi) for a poignant photograph of a displaced family from the Iraqi ethnic and religious minority Yazidi fleeing Islamic State forces in Ninawa, Iraq (August 11, 2014).

File photo of displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town, walking towards the Syrian border

For his striking portrait of a woman preparing for her wedding in the district of Djicoroni, Bamako (April 24, 2014) Juan Medina was awarded 3rd Place in the Portrait and Personality category at the Atlanta Photojournalism Awards.

A woman shares a light moment with her family and friends before her wedding in the district of Djicoroni

Siegfried Modola, who is based in Africa, was awarded a Special Prize by Jury in the Days Japan awards and a Gold Medal in the Science, Tech & Culture Stories category at the China International Photo Prize for his powerful series of images on the custom of female circumcision, also known as female genital mutilation, in the Pokot tribe in Marigat, Kenya (October 16, 2014).

A Pokot girl cries after being circumcised in a village about 80 kilometres from the town of Marigat in Baringo County

In the sporting genre, British photographer Phil Noble won numerous awards including Photographer of the Season from the Barclays Premier League for his photograph of Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard covering his eyes from the sun during the English Premier League soccer match against Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park in Liverpool (November 3, 2013).

Everton goalkeeper Howard shields his eyes from the sun during their English Premier League soccer match against Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park in Liverpool

Canadian photographer Mark Blinch, equally won a bushel of awards at the News Photographers Association of Canada (NPAC) annual convention. He took first place in the sports action category for his astonishing image of Germany’s goalie Jennifer Harss as he regretfully watches the puck enter the net on a goal by Sweden’s Johanna Olofsson during the third period of their women’s preliminary round hockey game at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games (February 11, 2014).

Germany's goalie Harss watches the puck enter the net on a goal by Sweden's Olofsson during the third period of their women's preliminary round hockey game at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games

Click here to view the entire collection of winning images from 2015.

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Isle landers – Darrin Zammit Lupi documents the lives of asylum seekers over 10 years

12 May 2015

Young would-be immigrant sits on deck of Armed Forces of Malta patrol boat at Haywharf in Valletta's Marsamxett Harbour

Isle Landers is a photographic project ten years in the making by award-winning photojournalist Darrin Zammit Lupi of Times of Malta and Reuters, documenting the lives of asylum seekers and migrants from North Africa and Syria, throughout and after their journey across the Mediterranean Sea. Since 2002, more than 19,000 individuals have reached Malta by crossing the Mediterranean on rickety vessels. Many others were much less fortunate.

During the last decade, thousands of men, women and children have lost their lives as their rickety vessels succumbed to the sea. To date, in 2014 alone, more than 3,000 people have perished in the Mediterranean, victims of a cynical smuggling and trafficking industry that continues to exploit desperate people on the move. In Darrin’s words: “Untold hundreds have died attempting to make the crossing – the central Mediterranean has become their graveyard.”

Wider Image: Isle Landers

Around 5,000 immigrants remain on the island, in detention centers, open centers and in the community. Some face up to 18 months in detention, locked behind bars without standing trial, fighting numbing boredom. The refugees claim that their intention was never to arrive in Malta, but rather to go to Italy where they could move on within the European mainland. As a result, they show little interest in integrating in the community.

The project captures the journey of the refugees who arrive on the island, beginning with their rescues far out at sea, their arrival on Malta, their life in the detention camps, through to their departure from Malta to be permanently resettled in the U.S. and continental Europe.

Armed Forces of Malta marines toss bottles of water to a group of illegal immigrants in southwest Malta

Speaking on the importance of sharing with the world these immigrants’ suffering and strength, Darrin, who is originally from Malta, said:

“When I decided I wanted to become a professional photojournalist, I dreamt of travelling abroad to follow big stories. I still went abroad, but I soon realized that the biggest story of all was in my own backyard. It is a story the world should know about.”

A hardback, full-color book has been produced of the work, with a foreword by Antonio Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.  A preview video of the book can be viewed here.

Learn more about the Islelanders project, including multimedia content on the Wider Image (Link below) or on his  website.

What makes a truly great image?

06 May 2015
File photo of a man rinsing soot from his face at the scene of a gas pipeline explosion near Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos

REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Reuters pictures service and our recent widely published packages of the most iconic pictures from the past three decades can be viewed here part onepart two and part three.  But as important as it is to look back proudly at our work, it’s more important to look forward.

“Photography is dead,” a professor once told a photography class I attended decades ago. He was an artist by background and he truly believed that everything that could be photographed had been already. His words sparked a debate at the time but, thankfully, did not prove prophetic.

What he failed to see was that computers and digital photography, which then existed only on a small scale, would radically change our industry. Children can now take photographs before they can read or write. Technology has made photography accessible to all, not just skilled professionals with expensive equipment. Images have become the only real international language.

Now a new phrase has emerged – “journalism is dying.” However, as with my professor, these doomsayers too are wrong: the decline of paper-and-ink media does not mean the death of journalism. If anything, the demand for information has risen.

While the Internet has grown crowded with bloggers and citizen reporters, the ability to spew sentences does not make someone a journalist any more than a mobile phone with a Leica lens and Instagram filters makes them a photojournalist. There will always be a role for quality journalists and picture providers trained in the art of balanced and accurate storytelling.

For this reason, I contend that journalism – including photojournalism – is alive and well and more widespread than ever. If anything, the crisper and more sophisticated displays on smartphones, tablets and computers have increased the clamour for quality images.

At Reuters Pictures, we are dedicated to covering global breaking news, quickly, accurately and to the highest possible standard. It is what we have always done, and what we continue to do. But the industry is indeed changing rapidly, which means we need to go further. When news breaks, our photographers not only compete with other news outlets, but also with images on social media. These may not be as sharp or as reliable, but they can certainly be as fast.

Meanwhile, news organisations, which make up the bulk of our clientele, are facing their own problems. Sharp declines in advertising and subscription revenue have forced cost cuts, and yet they still face pressure to provide ever-more content for a hungry online audience.

With less money, fewer journalists and more rivals, our clients are searching for images that make them stand out – which is where we come in. So what, in an era awash with selfies and seascapes, makes a truly great image? (more…)

Covering the Germanwings Plane Crash

04 May 2015

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Samuel Perriman, Operations Coordinator for Reuters-TIMA,  reflects on covering the Germanwings crash in the French Alps.

Tuesday 24th March

On Tuesday morning a Germanwings Airbus A320 crashed into the side of a mountain in the French Alps. Within minutes of the tragic news breaking our London office were coordinating the Reuters-TIMA deployment.

Staff were sent from the Paris office to meet an SNG truck in Seyne-les-Alpes that was already on its way from Marseilles. Shortly afterwards I was on a flight from London to Nice before driving up into the Alps.

Seyne was quickly established as the base for the French gendarmerie’s search and rescue efforts and the world’s media soon followed. The Reuters-TIMA SNG arrived on site a few hours after the crash and reporters started filing the little information that was known at that point.

Wednesday 25th March

We were kept busy from first thing in the morning as Nine Network Australia and TBS Japan took their reporters live for their evening bulletins.

The crew put in a great effort to make everything work smoothly, especially considering the weather. The live positions are all located in an open field with very little protection from the wind and one of the biggest challenges was just staying warm. Temperatures dropped below 0˚C at night and frost covered the camera equipment.

And of course there was also the challenge of dealing with the nature of the story. At this stage it was clear that there would be no survivors. I found it very hard being near the site of such death and destruction and that reality weighs heavily on you. We were standing in the same mountains where 150 people were killed on their way back from holidays and school exchange trips. We watched the search helicopters setting out on their grim missions to retrieve the bodies. It’s an entirely different experience to witnessing the tragedy from afar.

Thursday 26th March

On Thursday the cockpit recording was made public and revealed that the 27-year-old co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, had locked the pilot out of the cockpit and deliberately started the descent that crashed the plane.

That same day we saw some of the victim’s relatives arrive in Seyne in large coaches flanked by police outriders. The news that the death of their loved ones was caused by the deliberate actions of the co-pilot, someone who had been entrusted with their safety, would only have made the trip more painful.

Friday 27th March

On Friday the first reports about the co-pilot’s motives started to trickle out. His mental state and previous struggles with depression were scrutinized and the media focus shifted slightly from the Alps to Germany. There were over 40 SNG trucks positioned in Seyne during the first days of the story but the numbers thinned steadily. Meanwhile, Reuters-TIMA are still on-site.

Sunday 29th March

There are still plenty of unanswered questions in this story and the crash site investigators will spend weeks, if not months, sifting through the plane wreckage. But our time in the Alps has finished and we drive down to Nice to catch the last flight of the day back to London. An hour into the Easyjet flight people suddenly pay attention as the cockpit door opens for the pilot to use the toilet. The pilot exits the cockpit and a flight attendant goes in to join the co-pilot while a second attendant blocks the cockpit door. Easyjet have already introduced a new policy so that there are two people in the cockpit at all times. It’s a surreal reminder of the tragedy in the Alps.

Reuters-TIMA provides Location Services to over 25 broadcasters across four continents

04 May 2015

IMG_0364Since launching in February, Reuters-TIMA has provided global Location Services to over 25 clients across four continents, with CNN, Nippon TV, Euronews and Seven Network among the first broadcasters to use the new service. 

Reuters-TIMA Location Services provides newsgathering facilities and support services on the ground during breaking news stories, most recently the Germanwings crash, the Tunisia museum shooting, border unrest between Saudi Arabia and Yemen as well as migrant boat disasters in the Mediterranean. The service also provides coverage from planned events including the 87th Academy Awards, the recent royal birth of Princess Charlotte, as well as the upcoming UK general election, G7 Summit in Bavaria and Russian Victory Day parade.

Reuters-TIMA Location Services was created in response to the increased demand for live content, combining Reuters’ unparalleled global editorial content, with TIMA’s cutting-edge technology and considerable experience of service delivery for the international media industry. From New York to Moscow and Rio to Singapore, plus a network of Middle Eastern offices, including TIMA’s facilities in Tehran, Reuters-TIMA Location Services has been set up to help broadcasters cover every major world event.

Tim Santhouse, Reuters’ Global Head of Video Products, says: “We’re delighted that such a broad range of broadcasters – large and small, public and commercial – have taken up the service, letting them focus on covering the story while we take care of the operational side, including technical and local knowledge.”

Alla Salehian, CEO of TIMA, says: “With strategically placed broadcast and satellite resources in regional hubs around the world, we’re able to respond quickly to breaking news. Since our partnership launch, the last two months have been exciting and fast-paced, responding to important global stories and working with key broadcasters.”

Find out more about Reuters TIMA location services

Reuters Journalists of the Year Awards 2014

15 Apr 2015

trophiesThe Reuters Journalists of the Year Awards were held in New York last month, honoring the people responsible for the best of Reuters journalism, their strength, passion, courage and commitment.

Steve Adler, Editor in Chief, Reuters said, “On full display tonight is the enormous scope of the work Reuters performs in our 200 locations around the world, and in every medium. I believe we are unique in terms of that astonishing breadth, covering – with equal authority – politics, war, diplomacy, economics, innovation, commodities & energy, natural disasters and general news, health, sports, entertainment, business, regulation, law, every aspect of the world of finance and more.”

We are pleased to be able to share these videos of the nominees in each category and we congratulate all who were nominated and the winners.

Winner of Baron Award: Samia Nakhoul - For her great skill as a journalist, her personal courage, her expertise on the Middle East, her ability to attract top talent both internal and external, and the great regard in which her peers in the industry hold her.

Nominees for Text Reporter of the Year – Winner: Ned Parker – For his agenda-setting scoops and special reports from Iraq’s front lines.

Nominees for Photo of the Year  – Winner: A Brief Encounter: Youssef Boudlal – A girl from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar.

Nominees for Enterprise Reporting of the Year - Winner: The Echo Chamber: Joan Biskupic, Janet Roberts, John Shiffman – For their comprehensive examination of the Supreme Court’s secretive appeals process.

Nominees for Video Story of the Year – Winner: Ukraine Crisis

Nominees for Scoop of the Year – Winner: Saudis warn of low oil prices: Ron Bousso and Joshua Schneyer

Nominees for Snapper of the Year – Winner: Hezron Selvi – For his efforts training local staff and rolling out Fastwire to Europe. (more…)

Looking back on a year of Reuters Live Online

13 Apr 2015

FullSizeRenderRob Lang started out at the BBC before joining Reuters 15 years ago. At Reuters he has worked for many years as an Intake Editor as well as a field producer on major stories across the globe. He is currently the Live Editor for Reuters Video News. We asked Rob to look back on one year of the Reuters Live Online service.

When Reuters Live Online launched last March we entered uncharted territory. We knew there were clients out there that wanted live video and we had ideas about the type of events they desired – but were we ahead of the curve and was the online world actually ready for live content?

It’s been a learning process, working out if our instincts for compelling lives covering breaking news, showbiz and sport were right. Thankfully, mostly they were, with just over 4.7 million plays on our hosted service of over 2,500 offered lives through the year.

Find out more about RLO

Over 300,000 of those plays came from one story alone – the Oscar Pistorius trial, a highlight of a what proved to be a busy news year. Other well used stories included the towing away of the Costa Concordia, the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of World War 1, the Charlie Hebdo attack, the conflict in Ukraine – including the downing of MH17, the Greek crisis, the rise of ‘Islamic State’, the disappearance of MH-370, the Ferguson shooting and its aftermath, to name but a few. (more…)

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