Exclusive Reporting from Reuters This Week

13 Sep 2013
A Free Syrian Army fighter fires a weapon as he takes a defensive position in Deir al-Zor

CONVERSATION STARTER – Reuters offered unmatched multimedia coverage of the decision to award Tokyo the right to stage the 2020 Olympic Games. Reuters TV crews in Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo spent Saturday with expectant crowds waiting to hear which city would host the Olympic Games in 2020. The crowd in Tokyo went wild when their city won the contest – and the Reuters video was seen around the world. Reuters also tracked down Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and captured his joyous reaction after the news broke.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK – As Russia and the U.S. work on a deal to disarm Syria of its chemical weapons, this Reuters Photo of the Week (above) dramatically captures the violence still raging in the war-torn Middle Eastern country. International efforts seem to be turning towards a diplomatic solution, rather than military strikes.

BUSINESS – Reuters reported exclusively that at least three of the top 20 investors in Microsoft Corp want a turnaround expert to succeed Steve Ballmer as chief executive and have urged the board to consider Ford Motor CEO Alan Mulally and Computer Sciences CEO Mike Lawrie for the job. A special committee of the board and its advisers has been meeting with shareholders after Ballmer’s surprise decision late last month to retire within a year. In one such meeting, Microsoft said it started with a list of about 40 people and has been narrowing it down.

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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Reuters Investigative Series Uncovers America’s Underground Market for Adopted Children

10 Sep 2013
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In a stunning five-part investigative series that began yesterday, titled The Child ExchangeReuters exclusively revealed America’s underground market for adopted children. After an 18-month-long investigation, Reuters reporter Megan Twohey found that desperate parents turn to Internet forums to seek new homes for children they regret adopting. Often, the boys and girls are casualties of international adoptions gone sour.  The unwanted children are then passed to strangers, sometimes illegally, and with little or no government scrutiny.

In partnership with Reuters, NBC News is featuring the series in segments on NBC Nightly News and TODAY. Reuters will also publish the series from Monday-Wednesday, Sept. 9-11, available at reuters.com/investigates/adoption

Watch NBC News Kate Snow’s interview of Reuters journalist Megan Twohey to learn more on how she captured this exclusive story:

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Reuters Best Special Edition: Syria

06 Sep 2013
File photo of Free Syrian Army fighter carrying weapon as he and fellow fighters escort convoy of U.N. vehicles carrying a team of U.N. chemical weapons experts at site of alleged chemical weapons attack in Damascus

As the violence in Syria has intensified and the U.S. and other nations have moved toward action, Reuters has been delivering a steady stream of exclusive news and on-the-ground images from inside this volatile country, as well as conducting public opinion polling on international response. Here’s some of our best:

Reuters exclusively reported on September 1st that the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and other ships in its strike group are heading west toward the Red Sea to help support a limited U.S. strike on Syria, if needed. The Nimitz carrier strike group, which includes four destroyers and a cruiser, has no specific orders to move to the eastern Mediterranean at this point, but is moving west in the Arabian Sea so it can do so if asked. The story was referenced by Politico, Talking Points Memo, The New Zealand Herald, and Russia Today, among others.

On August 30th, Reuters was alone in reporting that Syrian army defectors say U.S. strikes could kill Assad opponents. Military sites in Syria are packed with soldiers who have been effectively imprisoned by their superiors due to doubts about their loyalty, making them possible casualties in any U.S.-led air strikes. U.S. President Barack Obama says a “tailored, limited” strike would send a strong message to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that use of chemical weapons cannot be tolerated after an alleged attack last week killed hundreds of people.  Reuters Correspondent Khaled Oweis discussed this exclusive on BBC News.

A Reuters Ipsos poll that revealed reluctance from most Americans to support a US intervention in the Syrian conflict immediately after the chemical strikes and a poll that unveiled a continued reticence a week later were referenced by Time, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The Washington Post, Politico, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Salon, Slate, The Daily Beast, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Daily Mail, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, The Times of Israel, and The Sydney Morning Herald, just to name a few. Reuters journalists who have made media appearances to discuss the polls and Americans’ attitudes about a possible intervention included David Lindsey, David Rohde, Warren Strobel, Caren Bohan, Nicholas Wapshott, Erika Solomon and Jeff Mason on outlets that included BBC, CBS-TV, CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio, CBC, and Ireland’s TV 3 Group.


20 Years Covering Combat: Goran Tomasevic

03 Sep 2013

Stalingrad, Beirut, Sarajevo… Damascus. The conflict in Syria has become a sniper’s war. In the capital and in Aleppo, men stalk their fellow man down telescopic sights along city streets or through velvet-curtained windows, hunting a glimpse of flesh, an eyeball peering from a crack. Killing, and being killed.

Into the cat and mouse among the ruins, intrude the heavier threats of tank and jet bomber. And now and then, the stalkers stumble into one another in the labyrinth, lashing out in panic with machineguns and grenades in the confines of a sitting room.

Goran Tomasevic, veteran Reuters war photographer, lived on the frontline during last summer’s battle for Aleppo and in the thick of the fighting in Damascus this past winter. His work provided daily evidence of an escalating conflict that has forced millions from their homes and killed an estimated 100,000 people.

Tomasevic photographed with exceptional proximity as combatants mounted complex attacks, managed logistics, treated their wounded, buried their dead – and died before his eyes.

“I wanted to be as close as I could to the fighters, to the very frontline, to show exactly what they are doing, their emotions, how they run and fire weapons and also how they react to incoming shells,” says Tomasevic. “If you want to tell the true story you have to be there.”


TECH SIDE: So many Categories…So little Time

28 Aug 2013
A woman walks up the cantilever staircase at the Bank of England in London

I wanted to spend a little time with this post and explain a bit about Reuters category codes.  I feel a lot of the time, it is one of the more confusing aspects of ingesting Reuters content. At least…it is to me. You could be reading this and completely disagree; BUT… hey… you’ll find something new here. I promise.

Whether you are looking to utilize the standard ANPA coding or even contemplating something new to really dial down into our content, here’s a quick overview of the category codes within Reuters NewsML G2.

Within our XML, we have subject qcodes detailed below. These are all different variations of category codes that can be used to parse content into your CMS systems or feed via various content applications:


U.S. lawmakers travel the world on lobbyists’ tab & more from Reuters Best

23 Aug 2013

CONVERSATION STARTER – Reuters revealed U.S. lawmakers are once again taking advantage of their summer recess to race around the globe on privately financed tours to places like China, the Middle East and Scotland. Watchdog groups are citing the trips as evidence that congressional ethics reforms are unraveling. Congress had clamped down on such travel in 2007 after disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s influence-peddling scandal. Reuters detailed the number of privately financed trips offered by corporate interests, lobbyists, universities and foreign governments this year so far totaled 1,363, at a cost to the hosts of $3.2 million.

JOURNALIST SPOTLIGHT – Throughout the summer, Reuters has been extensively covering the trial of accused WikiLeaks leaker Bradley Manning. Ian Simpson, a Reuters correspondent based in Washington, has been reporting from inside the courtroom for the past three months, delivering regular news coverage that has been widely-cited in the press. In a Reuters Best: Journalist Spotlight Q&A, Ian offers an inside look at how he covered the trial on the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history and one of the most followed cases of the year.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK – The news on Wednesday was dominated by the claim that chemical weapons had been used against civilians in Syria. The Reuters Photo of the Week shows a man holding the body of a dead child, as he crouches among other victims. Activists say the civilians were killed by a nerve gas attack by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces on rebel-held districts in Ghouta, east of Damascus.

POLITICS – When the Egyptian army cracked down on the Muslim Brotherhood in turmoil-hit Egypt, Reuters provided comprehensive coverage, including breaking news, insight and deep analysis of the crisis and its wider implications. Reuters was cited again and again by other media on the breaking news, which included interviews with the youth protest leader and the Brotherhood spokesman and an exclusive on the West’s failed efforts to head off the operation.


Top world newspaper deals – Infographic of the day

21 Aug 2013

Today’s graphic shows the top 10 world newspaper deals since 1980:


Reuters Best Last Week: Egypt unrest, BlackBerry, Greece’s political radicals, & more

19 Aug 2013
A poster of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi lies on a bulldozer around Cairo University and Nahdet Misr Square, where members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of Mursi were camping in Giza

CONVERSATION STARTER – News this week was dominated by the bloodshed in Egypt, as security forces moved in to crush the protest camps of supporters of deposed president Mohamed Mursi, shooting scores of people dead. Reuters photographer Asmaa Waguih, who is being treated for a bullet wound suffered while covering the protests, captured an image of a poster of Mursi being burned by local residents. Reuters photographer Mohamed Abd El Ghany photographed a poster of Mursi lying across a bulldozer with flames flaring behind it, illustrating the massive show of force from security forces. Reuters video teams were also on scene, delivering full coverage of the violent confrontations, including video of riot police advancing under a hail of teargas fire and doctors treating victims of the clashes.

JOURNALIST SPOTLIGHT – On Friday, BlackBerry shares jumped 9 percent after Reuters reported exclusively that the company was considering going private. The story, by Nadia Damouni, Euan Rocha and Greg Roumeliotis, was widely-cited by competing news outlets. In a Reuters Best: Journalist Spotlight Q&A, Nadia, Reuters corporate board correspondent, offers an inside look at the reporting behind the scoop.

BUSINESS – Reuters exclusively reported a Chinese automotive association is collecting data on the price of all foreign cars sold in the country for a government agency that has fined companies for price-fixing. The report revealed the National Development and Reform Commission is investigating whether carmakers were setting a minimum retail price for dealers. The world’s largest auto market is a key source of revenue for many foreign companies and such scrutiny would be unwelcome. The story was picked up by media across China.

POLITICS – Reuters exclusively revealed that Pakistan-based militants are preparing to take on India across the subcontinent once Western troops leave Afghanistan next year. This raises the risk of a dramatic spike in tensions between nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan. The Reuters report, heavily based on interviews with militants inside Pakistan, was cited widely by news websites and social media across South Asia.

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New interactive tool launched…Reuters Polling Explorer

14 Aug 2013
A man holds his ballot paper in the air for collection during the federation of small businesses conference in Aberdeen

A new interactive tool, the Reuters Polling Explorer, takes data innovation to a new level. Drawing on Reuters/Ipsos polling, we’ve asked hundreds of questions ranging from presidential politics to the Oscars and the results are now available for the public to explore. The tool contains vast amounts of data about how Americans view each other, their world and their government and politics.

Instead of using telephones to gather results on a semi-regular basis, we partnered with the research firm Ipsos and opted to reach a huge number of mostly pre-screened respondents online. The result is that we have not only polled far more people than a traditional telephone survey can reach, but we’ve been polling continuously for more than a year and a half, asking hundreds of questions of about 11,000 people every month.

It was among the most accurate polls on the Monday before the presidential election. But to view the Reuters/Ipsos poll as simply an election survey would be to miss the vastness of this effort. Since the project started, we have asked a myriad of questions about everything from political scandals and overseas revolutions to social network use and the U.S. government’s surveillance of its citizens.

In addition, the poll collects a huge array of demographic information about those who respond, ranging from age, race, sex and political affiliation to income, marital status, sexual orientation and religious affiliation. All questions can be filtered by these demographics, allowing for an unprecedented and detailed view of the mosaic that is America.


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