Exposing Work Safety Issues in U.S. Breweries, & More Reuters Best This Week

19 Jul 2013
Visitors toast each other on a sunny day during Oktoberfest in Munich

CONVERSATION STARTER – Reuters shed light on work safety issues facing the fast-growing craft brewing industry in the U.S. From 2009 through 2012, at least four people died in craft brewery accidents in the U.S., compared with two deaths at large breweries that make 10 times more beer. There were also nearly four times as many safety violations at craft breweries in recent years than at large breweries. And brewery experts say the safety oversight at smaller companies is worse than official statistics might suggest because injuries, even severe ones, often go unreported. The craft brewing industry has grown from a niche market 20 years ago into a $10.2 billion business in 2012.

JOURNALIST SPOTLIGHT – In a recent special report, Reuters took readers inside Mursi’s final days as Egypt’s first democratically elected president and the events leading up to his downfall. The story, by European Affairs Editor Paul Taylor and Cairo Correspondent Yasmine Saleh, examined how Mursi’s downfall in Egypt, a strategic hinge between the Middle East and North Africa, makes plain the fractured nature of the region and the lack of institutional depth to sustain democracy. In a Reuters Best: Journalist Spotlight Q&A, Paul offers an inside look at the reporting behind the story.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK – Reuters TV crews have been camping outside St. Mary’s hospital in London to await the arrival of the future heir to the British throne.  Kate and William have remained vague about the exact date the baby is due other than to say mid-July. But the cameras are ready for when the good news arrives. The continuous coverage from Reuters was popular among clients this week.

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK – In a photograph picked up by clients around the world, Reuters photographer Susana Vera captured the exact moment when a bull gored its victim at Spain’s San Fermin bull run. The image was taken during the sixth running of the bulls at the festival in Pamplona. The origin of the festival goes back as far as the 13th century

GENERAL – Reuters offered exceptional coverage of the George Zimmerman trial. After Zimmerman was acquitted of murder charges for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin, Reuters reported exclusively that he may go to law school. Then, Reuters was alone in reporting that a former employee of Florida State Attorney Angela Corey’s office plans to file a whistleblower lawsuit against Zimmerman’s prosecutors. The action will put pressure on Corey, who already faces criticism for the unsuccessful prosecution of the case. And, in a column for Reuters, author Neal Gabler explored the current state of race relations in America and argued that most of the U.S. was watching a racial drama, even as Zimmerman’s defense presented a legal drama.

SPORTS – Reuters was first to report that sprinter Tyson Gay failed a drug test and will pull out of next month’s world championships in Moscow.  Gay, who had the year’s fastest 100 meters time of 9.75 seconds, said he had never knowingly taken performance-enhancing drugs, but he had put his trust in someone and was “let down.” Reuters was also ahead in reporting that former world 100 meters record holder Asafa Powell and Olympic 4×100 relay silver medalist Sherone Simpson had both tested positive for the stimulant oxilophrine at last month’s Jamaican athletics championships.