Trending This Week: Pink Slime and Survival Games

11 Mar 2013

Reuters Special Reports investigate fast moving stories from a multitude of angles, examining the back stories, context and future ramifications with well-written ‘long-form’ reporting. They often lift the veil on a story by telling the hidden, inside story, beyond the basic facts and using the perspective of days and weeks of reporting.

Released this week, two of our Special Reports have been particularly popular due to their ability to expose and bring to light multiple counts of corporate questionable behavior and activities. Learn more about each report below.

Did Diane Sawyer Smear ‘Pink Slime’? by P.J. Huffstutter and Martha Graybow

Plant workers produce lean, finely textured beef (LFTB) at the Beef Products Inc (BPI) facility in South Sioux City. REUTERS/Lane Hickenbottom A year ago, Beef Products Inc. had four state-of-the art plants, more than 1,300 employees and was expanding aggressively. The meat company was the leading maker of “lean finely textured beef,” a low-fat product made from chunks of beef, including trimmings, and exposed to tiny bursts of ammonium hydroxide to kill E. coli and other dangerous contaminants. Few Americans realized the product was a mainstay of fast-food burgers, school lunch tacos and homemade meatloaf. Today, Beef Products Inc.’s revenues have plummeted from more than $650 million to about $130 million a year, and three of its plants are shuttered. Company officials blame the abrupt falloff on a series of ABC News broadcasts that began last March – stories that repeatedly called its product “pink slime” – and have hired a high-powered Chicago trial lawyer to slap ABC News, star anchor Diane Sawyer and other defendants with a 27-count lawsuit that seeks at least $1.2 billion in damages.

P.J Huffstutter, gave us some exclusive insight into capturing this story:

“The decision to pair up an agriculture/enterprise reporter (me) and a legal reporter/editor (Martha) really helped us expand the reporting expertise when covering a lawsuit as massive as this one. (It is 257-pages long, after all.) I understood the farm sector. Martha understood the legal community. And both of us, clearly, have experience in the media world. So we were able to play off each other’s strengths – which helped focus the reporting and balance the story. (more…)

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2013

08 Mar 2013
Sara Aiello from Reuters Agency (far left) on the podium for International Women's Day Sara Aiello from Reuters Agency (far left) on the podium for International Women's Day

This morning Reuters Agency took part in the International Women’s day event at the New York Stock Exchange, one of many global events that happened on Friday in celebration of women everywhere.

Reuters content was featured in the opening video to kick off the day, and our facts and figures were used throughout the event’s presentations. The panel discussion on the topic of Changing the Conversation with Women at the Top of the Game, was led by Rebecca Jarvis from CBS and included: ICBC Vice President Keisha Sutton-James, Queen Anne’s Gate Capital Management Kathleen Kelley, CEO of The YWCAof  NYC Dr. Danielle Moss Lee, Girls Who Code Founder Reshma Saujani, US Olympic Gold Medalist and owner The 9th Seat, Mary Whipple.

In honor of sharing the podium next to these inspiring women, ringing the opening bell at NYSE, and the market rallying and the Dow closing at an all time high, check out our slideshow that captures the essence of International Women’s Day.


Click here to view the full slideshow


Complimentary e-Guide: Maximize Your Social Media Profile in 2013

06 Mar 2013
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With Insights and Advice from Four Social (and Media) Superstars

Complimentary Download


In today’s world, news and information is flowing at every angle. You have the opportunity to do your job more efficiently, quickly, and better than you ever thought possible. These tools, technologies and social channels are also changing in real time and becoming increasingly powerful mediums for those in the Media Industry.

Now the big questions of the moment: What are you doing to fully embrace this next gen of news syndication? And are you creating an environment where your journalists and your team fully understand how to use social to your brand’s advantage? To help you maximize social media, we’ve put together this definitive e-guide. It’s filled with proven tips and insights from some of social media’s savviest journalists and experts including:

  • Lauren Young, Reuters Wealth Editor & Factoid Expert
  • Abby Huntsman, Host, Producer, Huffpost Live
  • Anthony DeRosa, Reuters Social Media Editor
  • Vadim Lavrusik, Journalism Program Manager, Facebook

– to help you not only stay on top of today’s constantly changing media landscape, but also to thrive.

Click here for your complimentary download

The Top 10 Things We Learned from Oscars 2013

04 Mar 2013
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Now that Oscars 2013 are over, here are some of our top 10 findings from this year’s red carpet coverage:

Award Wars: Golden Globes vs. Oscars1) A Golden Globe brings home more bucks than an Oscar.  According to our statistical analysis, a Golden Globe win is worth a $14.2 million box-office boost, on average, compared with $3 million for an Oscar.

2) BUT – the Oscars still matter. Film critic and historian, Leonard Maltin blogged for us about why. “Therein lies the Oscar conundrum: It isn’t a show, it’s an awards ceremony disguised as a show. If it were to change, it wouldn’t be the Oscars.”

3) Wolfgang Puck, the executive chef for the past 17 years of the annual after-Oscar Governor’s Ball, let us in on some insights on feeding the elite at the ultimate Hollywood party. For example: “Barbra Streisand loves the wild mushroom risotto with black truffles, and the slow-braised short ribs. And a few years ago, Danny DeVito asked for a double order of lobster.” More from Wolfgang’s interview here.

4) Didn’t think Seth MacFarlane was one of the best hosts? Well, he was probably better than no host, as  it occurred at the 1989 ceremony. Here are other strange-but-true stories from Academy Awards past.

5) Daniel Day-Lewis led the IPSOS/Reuters poll for best actor; it seemed the American public foresaw him breaking the record of being the first man to win three Best Actor Oscars in the 85-year history of the Academy Awards. The polled public guessed Jennifer Lawrence was going to win as well. (more…)

Pictures of the Year International Awards Announced

01 Mar 2013

Discover the award-winning work of our photographers

The Pictures of the Year International (POYi) awards were officially finalized and announced this week. Established in 1944, it is one of the most highly regarded annual international competitions for press photography.

Reuters extensive coverage of events in 2012 was recognized with a total of 19 awards.

You can download the PDF overview of the images here. (WARNING: Includes some graphic content.) You can also view a lightbox within the Reuters Pictures website.


The Wider Image

The Wider Image is an entirely new interactive experience from Reuters. This immersive app, created exclusively for the iPad, reimagines news photography and brings images and information to life. Click here to view and download the app.Best App – Reuters The Wider Image

Campaign Multimedia Story – 1st place, Jason Reed and Larry Downing

Watch the multimedia or check out the related blog.


Reuters wins 4 SABEW Awards

28 Feb 2013

It’s that time of year again, when individuals from around the Media Industry are recognized for excellence, dedication and hard work. This week at Reuters we’re proud to be celebrating quite a few awards that showcase our passion and dedication to the business of news. The first awards come from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, SABEW, and are as follows:

Explanatory, International: Tom Bergin’s corporate taxation series
Explanatory, News Agency: Chesapeake series
Sarah McBride’s special report on age bias in Silicon Valley
Honoree in the General Excellence in the News category

Congratulations to our Reuters team for these fantastic wins.

2013: The Year of the Evolving Agency

20 Feb 2013

Last week, the Reuters Agency team kicked off 2013 with a three-day global sales conference. Held in Miami, the conference brought together over 100 global representatives from sales, editorial, product, business development and marketing. The three days were action packed with hands-on panels and collaborative Q&A discussions including one with Stephen Adler, newly named President and Editor-in-Chief of Reuters. Sessions were also held with customers and prospective customers—a first in the history of Reuters sales conferences. Steven Schwartz, the Managing Director of the Agency business noted that “there was a ton of energy and enthusiasm,” and that “you cannot take for granted the value of face to face collaboration.”

So what does 2013 look like for our customers?


Reuters First with Resignation of Pope

15 Feb 2013
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Reuters was ahead of all international rivals with the resignation of Pope Benedict, who will step down on Feb 28th. The news of the first resignation by a pontiff since the Middle Ages rocked the Catholic Church and the world. Pope Benedict said he no longer had the strength to fulfill the duties of his office.

Access the full story on Reuters Media Express.

To view more of Reuters firsts, check out Reuters Best, a site highlighting our unrivaled coverage and accompanied with market-moving scoops, exclusive interviews, investigative reports and insightful commentary.

Also, view a slideshow here of some of our best photos of Pope Benedict during his reign.

The Blizzard Effect: Creating a Buzzworthy Moment

13 Feb 2013

Reuters photojournalist Brian Snyder’s photo of a Boston woman trying to stave off snow from a major blizzard received wide media play this past weekend. The picture appeared on the front pages of at least six newspapers, from the New York Times to the Washington Post to the Orlando Sentinel. The blizzard, dubbed “Nemo,” dumped several feet of snow in the U.S. northeast and caused wide power outages.

Ayperi Karabuda Ecer, Vice President of Pictures for Reuters News Agency said, “The phenomenal impact of Brian Snyder’s picture of an individual struggling against nature demonstrates how, when the elements of great news photography come together, a picture can stand out amongst tens of thousands. It gives us great pleasure to see how Reuters strong reporting of recent stories, Nemo, Hurricane Sandy and Newtown, CT has given our photographers stellar visibility on US stories in top US media.”


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