Hackday Insights: How to make the most from online video?

18 Jul 2014

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Reuters partnered with the Global Editors Network on two Hackday events this year. Each winning team from the series was invited to the Hackdays Final, ‘The World Cup of Newsroom Innovation’, during the GEN Summit 2014 in Barcelona.  In this post we speak to Josh Boswell from The Times, the overall series winners.

Could you tell us a little bit about your Hack Day team?

We were all in teams of three: a journalist, a developer and a designer. Aendrew Rininsland was the developer in our team. He’s fluent in several server and client side coding languages, but he’s also a pretty darn good ideas man. Eoin Tunstead was our designer. He does more than just make things pretty – he’s got a good eye for UX and UI design too, and when it comes to making straplines for a project he’d give Don Draper a run for his money. Then there’s me. I’d enough coding knowledge to help build the front end, and my other big responsibility was the presentation of the idea. As well as being colleagues on the same desk, we’d worked together in a team of five for the regional hackathon in Dublin. Between the hacking and the whiskeys, I think we cemented a pretty good team, which meant we were all on the same wavelength when it came to the Barcelona hackathon.

How was the Hack Day experience different to your usual working day? (more…)

Hackday Insights: How to make your website stickier and more engaging?

11 Jul 2014

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Reuters recently partnered with the Global Editors Network to present a Reuters Hackday in New York. In this post Eric Frederick, Online Managing Editor of The News and Observer of Raleigh, NC spoke to us about their highly commended project and how to make your website stickier and more engaging.

Could you tell us a little bit about your Hackday team?

Our team represented McClatchy Newspapers. The members were Tom Markart, senior design engineer at McClatchy Interactive; Peyton Vaughn, a senior web application developer (more…)

World War One – Lessons from the catastrophe as Great Power tensions rise again

04 Jul 2014

Sir Harold Evans, Moderator, Editor at Large
June 28 marked the 100th anniversary of the assassination in Sarajevo of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, and his wife. Five weeks later Europe was engulfed in World War One, and America, too, by 1917.

The conflict yielded more than 20 million dead, missing and wounded, reshaped the map of Europe and led directly to World War Two and then the Cold War. Who—if anyone—was to blame for what George Kennan called, “the great seminal catastrophe of this century—the event which…lay at the heart of the failure and decline of this Western civilization.” And what can we learn from the serial miscalculations of risk now that Great Power tensions rise again over Ukraine and the South and East China Seas?

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Unique World Cup perspective from “On the Sidelines”

02 Jul 2014

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A boy carries a soccer ball through the colorfully decorated neighborhood of the stadium, ahead of the World Cup soccer match between England and Italy in Manaus June 14, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

In a project titled “On The Sidelines”, Reuters award-winning photographers are sharing pictures showing their own quirky and creative view of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Their images offer an insight behind the scenes of the tournament, revealing the photographers’ experiences as they live in and travel around Brazil.

We have selected some of our favourites from the tournament so far, you can see more of these images on the on the REUTERSSPORT Instagram account. You can also see the best match pictures and near real-time results on our new Sports Reel mobile application for iPad, iPhone and Android devices  (more…)

“Assets of the Ayatollah” wins a 2014 Loeb Award

27 Jun 2014

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CNBC’s Mandy Drury serves as master of ceremonies at the 2014 Gerald Loeb Awards in NYC. (Photo: Business Wire)

During the week winners were announced for the 2014 Gerald R. Loeb Awards, the most prestigious awards for business, economics and finance journalism in the U.S. Reuters Steve Stecklow, Babak Dehghanpisheh and Yeganeh Torbati took home the award in the Explanatory category for their series “Assets of the Ayatollah,” which revealed that the economic empire behind Iran’s supreme leader was built on the seizure of assets belonging to ordinary Iranians.

The series has received a number of recognitions to date, including an Overseas Press Club Award, a European Press Prize, an Ancil Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism and a SABEW Award. (more…)

64 Matches, 32 Teams, 12 Cities, 1 World Cup

17 Jun 2014

clip_image002As the drama unfolds on the pitch and tension starts to build at the 2014 Football World Cup, Ossian Shine, Global Editor: Sport, Lifestyle and Entertainment at Reuters took some time out from heading up our operation in Brazil to tell us exactly what it takes to cover such a colossal event.

Thanks for your time Ossian. Take us behind the scenes of preparations leading up to kick off in Brazil and what it is like for the team currently on the ground?

After years of planning and preparation, our coverage team is up and running. Our news editors, reporters, photographers and TV crews are operating out of an office in the International Broadcast Centre in the Barra da Tijuca district of Rio de Janeiro, guiding our journalists who are dispersed throughout the country, in each of the 12 venue cities. The size of the country and the difficulty of travel created many logistical problems, and we are “zonal marking” the 32 teams this time round, rather than “man-to-man marking” any of them. In the past, we have travelled with teams as they criss-cross the country, but because of the logistics of this in Brazil, this time we are staying in our base cities and covering the countries as they come through.

A Mexican TV presenter stands on a photographer's chair during Brazil's national soccer team training session in Fortaleza

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Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2014 – 10 Key Points

12 Jun 2014

The third annual Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ) Digital News Report was launched this morning to a packed room of media professionals at the London office of Edelman.

Dr. David Levy, Director of the RISJ and Nic Newman, Editor of the  report, presented key findings from a YouGov survey of 19,000 consumers in 10 countries. Guest panelists Andrew Miller, CEO of the Guardian, Carla Buzasi, Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post UK, Robert Shrimsley, Managing Editor of FT.com and Richard Sambrook, Professor of Journalism and Director of the Centre for Journalism, Cardiff University discussed how these trends were impacting their respective newsrooms and the wider media landscape.

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10 Key points from the Digital News Report 2014:

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  1. On average, a third of the global sample is accessing news from a smartphone each week.
  2. Users tend to use a narrower range of news sources on a smartphone than they do on a desktop or tablet. Across all countries, over one-third use just a single source each week on a smartphone – compared with 30% on a desktop or laptop.
  3. Across the entire survey group, just over one in ten say they have paid for digital news in the last year – either via a one-off purchase or ongoing subscription.
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Photographers take us “Around the globe in 50 goals”

11 Jun 2014

Billed as the greatest sporting spectacle on earth, the global appeal of the Football World Cup dwarfs any other athletic event, and from tomorrow the world’s eyes will be on Brazil.

Reuters reporters, cameramen and photographers are in place all over the vast country to deliver world class multimedia coverage from the competition. From Rio to Recife; Brasilia to Belo Horizonte and all venues between, our team will provide stories, pictures, graphics and video of all the latest news as it breaks, and continue to look in depth at how Brazil copes under the weight of staging such an enormous event.

To celebrate the start of the World Cup, our global network of photographers have produced a special multimedia project entitled, “Around the globe in 50 goals.” (more…)

How my colleagues made me a better journalist

06 Jun 2014

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One of things I love about journalism is that it provides a lifetime of learning. In this blog, I share some of what I’ve been learning along the way, in the hope that a bit of it will be helpful to others as well. One attribute these lessons have in common: I learned them all from colleagues. That may be a lesson in itself.

Read the competition

In my first job, at The Tampa Times, all my friends were journalism nerds whose idea of a good time was lugging every paper in the state to the beach on Sunday mornings and reading and discussing how front-page stories-especially the ledes-were written. (I decline to remember whether alcohol was also involved.) It was especially illuminating when someone else’s story was better than ours. That’s how we learned, and it remains a great lesson in how to get better.

 

Schmooze the assistants

My first beat was the county courthouse, and I was lucky that my predecessor had moved to a new assignment at the paper and was happy to introduce me to the major players in the courthouse. He was the first person to show me the importance of the executive assistant as door-opener or door-slammer, and sometimes as great source in his or her own right. I went out of my way on that beat, and all that followed, to get to know and show respect for the assistants, who were excessively harried but hugely knowledgeable.

“No” is just the start of the conversation (more…)

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