Arrival of the Royal Baby, Spain train crash, the Tour de France, and more from ‘Reuters Best’

26 Jul 2013
Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge appear with their baby son outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, in central London

CONVERSATION STARTER – Competition to capture an image of the new royal baby was fierce, with Reuters photographers staking out positions for their ladders weeks in advance, and waiting through rain and shine among a scrum of press to capture an image of the newborn. When the royal couple eventually emerged, Reuters photographers were in just the right spot to snap this picture of the infant.

JOURNALIST SPOTLIGHT – European Corporate Strategy Correspondent Tom Bergin has won some of the most prestigious journalism prizes this year – including a Gerald Loeb Award, a UK Press Award, the Orwell Prize, a SABEW Award and a London Press Club Award, among others – for his series of investigations on corporate tax avoidance. Tom’s latest installment, published Tuesday, reports that more than half of the top U.S. tech firms minimize their tax bills by using structures that some governments want to change. In a Reuters Best: Journalist Spotlight Q&A, Tom offers an inside look at the reporting behind his award-winning series.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK – Reuters TV crews in Spain reacted quickly in the wake of a deadly train crash in the north of the country. Reuters video journalists drove six hours overnight from Madrid and immediately set up a live coverage of the scene. The video was used all over the world as the scale of the disaster became clear.

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More from this week’s Reuters Best…

BUSINESS -Reuters scored two exclusives on what rivals General Motors and Ford are planning for their pickup trucks. First, Reuters was alone in reporting that GM is preparing to put its full-size pickup trucks on a severe diet to meet future U.S. fuel economy standards and stay competitive with Ford. In a separate exclusive, Reuters reported that Ford will produce both its current F-150 and the new model for about six months to avoid disrupting sales of the vehicle and to safeguard against potential kinks tied to the truck’s extensive overhaul.

SPORTS – Reuters correspondent Julien Pretot provided exceptional daily coverage of the Tour de France; giving clients real value, insight and in-depth race reports over three grueling weeks. At the finish line, Pretot’s superb mini-package told the stories behind winner Chris Froome, and outlined how the Lance Armstrong scandal still hangs over the race.

ENTERTAINMENT – The August cover of Rolling Stone magazine featuring accused marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev drew outrage from officials and social media, and resulted in boycotts by several Northeast-based retailers. Reuters offered comprehensive multimedia coverage of the story, including comments from Boston Mayor Thomas Menino who described the cover as “a disgrace.”

LIFESTYLE – A new beauty treatment slides into the spotlight as a salon in Tokyo uses live snails as part of their facial regime. In one of the top stories of the week, Reuters revealed the salon uses five mollusks as part of its luxury (and expensive) “Celeb Escargot” treatment. But there is a downside – the snails only produce enough slime for one client per day.