New Realities at News Xchange 2013

05 Dec 2013

Opening of NX13

The annual News Xchange conference is one of the biggest of the year for Reuters, and this year’s event in Marrakech, Morocco was no exception. Over 500 delegates came together to share, learn and collaborate, ranging from top executives from the world’s leading news organizations to aspiring journalism students and hopeful start-ups. This year’s theme, “New Realities”, sparked discussions about all things current: digital innovation and high tech storytelling, user generated content, big data, cyber security and more. (Check out Reuters opening video for News Xchange here.)

Exterior of conference

The event was highlighted by talks led by leaders in the journalism world, including Christiane Amanpour (CNN) who reminded us that “listening, respecting and understanding is essential for good journalism”. The audience was captivated by an interactive and passionate presentation by Dr. Hans Rosling, a Swedish doctor, academic and statistician who has the unique skill of bringing data to life. Dr. Rosling presented his ongoing research on national wealth and health and everything in between, to give us the big picture of global development.


Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association conference, Nov 6-8

26 Nov 2013

pnaReuters had the opportunity to attend and sponsor the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association (PNA) convention this year. Reuters attendees, Patricia Martinez and Kathleen Bolger, described it as an intimate and collaborative event, with local and regional newspapers coming together to share their successes and challenges in the current landscape.

A particularly interesting conversation arose around “the Power of Data”– a session that explored how news media companies translate data into a usable format and ultimately into new revenue streams. Robert Wescott, VP of Business Development for Cxense, spoke in the session primarily about newspapers increasing their share of ad spend and deeply engaging audiences.  By owning data for their users, newspapers can deliver targeted experiences including ads, subscriptions, and ideas for further reading (more…)

2013 Atlanta Photojournalism Contest Award Winners Announced

22 Nov 2013

The 2013 Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar Contest presented their awards last week, with categories from spot news to features, honoring excellent photographers and their high-impact imagery.

We’re thrilled to announce that Reuters photographers took home multiple awards, including: (more…)

The application of social insight

20 Nov 2013
People holding mobile phones are silhouetted against a backdrop projected with the Twitter logo  in Warsaw
Written by guest contributor Maz Nadjm, SoMazi

We all know how important market research is – trying to bring your product or service to the market is next to impossible if you don’t know who you’re selling to. You need to know who your customer is and what makes them tick. Market research dictates the way you position yourself in the market and how you go about promoting yourself and your business. But although it’s important, the problem with traditional market research is that it’s time consuming, laborious and often expensive. This is why many companies now look to the mass of information available on social media to provide in-depth, organic and up-to-the-minute insights into their brand, their customers and much more.

So, what are the benefits of using social media to gain marketing insights and what is the best way of turning this knowledge to your advantage? Here are a few thoughts and tips for you that hopefully will shed some light on the subject:

1.  Social media is as up-to-the-minute, and honest, as it gets. (more…)

Reuters: Telling the world’s stories like no one else

18 Nov 2013

Take a look at Reuters opening video for News Xchange, held last week (Nov 13-15) in Marrakech, Morocco:

2013 UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards winners announced

12 Nov 2013
REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

The winners of the fourth UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards, including Reuters photographer, Stefan Wermuth, winner of the prestigious overall Photographer of the Year Award, were presented with their awards by Nigel Farage MEP at a glittering ceremony held at the Honorable Artillery Company in London last week.

Hosted by BBC journalist and presenter Kate Silverton, the UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards recognize outstanding photography from the world of news, royalty, sport, business, fashion and entertainment.

Along with Photographer of the Year, Reuters Stefan Wermuth also received the award for News Photographer of the Year.

Alan Sparrow, UK Picture Editors’ Guild Chairman, said: This year’s entries produced some of the closest scoring amongst our judges, but a clear winner emerged early. I think that the work of Stefan Wermuth makes him an outstanding Photographer of the Year.”


Reuters Best coverage this week: Toronto Mayor admits drug use, Head of Pakistani Taliban killed in drone strike & more

08 Nov 2013
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford responds to the Toronto police investigation in Toronto

CONVERSATION STARTER – Reuters was alone in reporting that the Chinese government has set a deadline to end the controversial use of executed prisoners for organ transplants.  “Using executed prisoners’ organs for transplants does not meet with the ethical standards universally accepted, and has always received criticism from the international community,” Huang Jiefu, who heads the organ transplant reform, told health and hospital officials. Reuters has been consistently ahead on this story, having reported in August the government’s first steps to phase out the use of executed prisoners’ organs.

JOURNALIST SPOTLIGHT – In late October, Reuters exclusively reported that Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC was scaling back production lines as cash flow worsened. Following the story – scored by Taipei Correspondent Clare Jim – the stock went limit up, with analysts crediting the scoop as a key factor as investors predicted the cuts would lift cash flow. In a Reuters Best: Journalist Spotlight Q&A, Clare offers an inside look at the reporting behind her exclusive.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK– Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has admitted to having smoked crack cocaine months after the existence of a video of him using the drug was first reported in the media. This widely published Reuters photo (above), shot by Mark Blinch, captures the drama of the spiraling story that is bringing the mayor under increasing pressure to resign.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK – A rare eclipse of the sun was visible across Africa and the Middle East this weekend and Reuters video crews joined the crowds of onlookers watching the skies. Reuters scored exclusive footage in Damascus.

From market-moving scoops and exclusive interviews to investigative reports and insightful commentary — Reuters Best is a complimentary newsletter compiling the highest points of our coverage from the week. Subscribe here to receive directly to your inbox every Thursday.  

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For our customers: Multimedia Coverage of Tiger Woods Hitting Balls from Asia to Europe

05 Nov 2013
U.S. golfer Woods hits a shot during an event to promote the upcoming Turkish Airlines Open golf tournament, on the Bosphorus Bridge that links the city's European and Asian sides, in Istanbul

Today, November 5th, Reuters filmed, shot, and covered the historic moment of Tiger Woods becoming the first golfer to hit golf balls from east to west off The Bosphorus Bridge, which spans the Bosphorus strait in Istanbul, thus connecting the continents of Europe and Asia.

The 37-year-old struck several shots from the iconic structure in a special Istanbul photo shoot.”To be the first golfer to do this was very cool,” said Woods. “To see the Bosphorus for the first time was a memorable experience.”

After capturing the big event, Reuters also filmed a one-to-one TV interview with Tiger and Reuters Senior Sports Editor, Tony Jimenez, in which the world famous golfer talks to us ahead of his participation in this week’s Turkish Airlines Open (which will take place in Antalya, southern Turkey, between November 7 to 10), as well as reflects on his five victories in 2013 and looks ahead to his plans for 2014.

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Reuters Best this week: Richard Branson exclusive interview, Beijing terrorist attack coverage, & more

01 Nov 2013

CONVERSATION STARTER – Reuters took readers to an unusual travel destination by looking at how tensions dating from the 1950s mix with theme park rides at the heavily fortified border that separates North and South Korea. The story – “Tank traps meet tourist traps at Korea’s demilitarized zone” – uses rich imagery to show the odd blend of tackiness and historical relevance in an area that symbolizes the deep divide between the booming, modern South and the reclusive, unpredictable North. The Reuters story and photos were used by websites and newspapers around the world.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK – Reuters scored an exclusive TV interview with Virgin CEO Richard Branson to mark his 40 years in business. Branson provided a great quote about being in tears as he received a billion dollar check after he sold Virgin Records to EMI in 1992, partly to finance his airline. He said “it was very hard – it’s like selling your children.”  The Reuters interview was hours ahead of the competition.

POLITICS – The U.S. House of Representatives has rediscovered the formula for an end to gridlock after a month of partisan warfare: $8 billion worth of harbor dredging, dam and lock construction and other federal waterway improvements. Following a government shutdown and the technological woes of President Obama’s health law, Reuters took an insightful look at how the Water Resources Reform and Development Act was a reminder of the allure of traditional home-district spending and its healing power in an age of division.

GENERAL – Reuters was ahead of competitors with key details after a vehicle burst into flames in Beijing’s famous Tiananmen Square, in what police have called a terrorist attack. The Reuters Photo of the Week (above) shows smoke billowing in front of a portrait of Chairman Mao, summing up the drama of the incident in the heart of the Chinese capital. Additionally, Reuters was first to report the suspected terrorist attack, first to confirm that police were probing a connection to Xinjiang in China’s far west and ahead again in reporting China’s leadership suspected it was carried out by ethnic Uighurs, a Muslim minority from Xinjiang.

From market-moving scoops and exclusive interviews to investigative reports and insightful commentary — Reuters Best is a complimentary newsletter compiling the highest points of our coverage from the week. Subscribe here to receive directly to your inbox every Thursday.  

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