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US Elections: Behind the scenes, Donald Trump’s HQ

us elections result live outside hilton mid-town hotel, donald trump's election night hq

Ahead of the 2017 Presidential Inauguration, our team share their 2016 US elections broadcast stories.

Reuters-TIMA Location Services set up broadcast facilities at many locations in New York and Washington DC. This gave clients the opportunity to report live from the scene of one of the most important events of 2016: US elections.

As American voters went to the polls, we broadcast from New York and the roof of our office which overlooks the White House.

Chiara Rodriquez
Donald Trump’s US election night HQ, New York

Leaving London on the morning of Nov. 5, 2016, we knew these US elections would be like no other.

Some of the team met in Heathrow for the flight to New York, then made way to different Reuters TIMA locations. We broadcast from Times Square, The Javit Center, and the Hilton Midtown – my location. Mixed emotions of enthusiasm and concern stirred the group.

Organizing the logistics for Elections’ coverage was challenging. Candidates had never left the announcement of their HQs so late, or an accreditation release from a candidate been so mysterious. Never had the world’s media covered an event, anticipated for four years, with limited information.

“Never had the world’s media covered an event, anticipated for four years, with limited information”

The atmosphere at the Trump headquarters was confusing. Most international media were denied accreditation by Trump’s campaign “due to venue size, media space, and safety”. Every media outlet, including Reuters-TIMA, crafted an alternative plan of action to put in place as quickly as possible.

“Most international media were denied accreditation by Trump’s campaign “due to venue size, media space, and safety”

As the majority of the world’s media needed locations to report from,  live positions were created on the street in front of the Hilton Midtown. The NYPD redirected us to the east-side sidewalk on 6th Avenue between 53rd and 52nd street. We set up and were ready to go

Hours passed as we live broadcast back-to-back, alternating clients at our two positions. Despite the limited space, clients and colleagues found a system to get what was needed.

As the evening drew to a close, the atmosphere began to heat up. Anti-Trump protesters and Trump’s supporters filled the street. Both sides careful not to leave the area before vehemently and colourfully expressing their opinions.

“Anti-Trump protesters and Trump’s supporters filled the street. Both sides careful not to leave the area before vehemently and colourfully expressing their opinions.”

We worked straight through the night of our lives, from the first States being called to the winner’s speech. Teams started to de-rig around us and the crowds dissipated as our last hit with TV Tokyo finished.

A quiet morning had started in Manhattan. Taxi drivers were rushing people to work, coffee and bagels in hand. It was as if history hadn’t just been made in the same streets.

Reuters-TIMA Location Services will be covering the 2017 US Presidential Inauguration. Find out how to book your live coverage of this historic event.

Author: Chiara Rodriquez

Reuters-TIMA Covering the International Conference on Iraq and Syria

The team at Reuters-TIMA were preparing to cover the international conference on the conflicts in Iraq and Syria, due to be held in Paris on Tuesday 2nd June. The last such summit was held in Paris in September 2014 and saw representatives from around 30 countries and international organisations meet to come up with a strategy to combat ISIS group which has seized large parts of Iraq and Syria. Of the 60-plus nations who joined the international coalition against ISIS nine months ago, 24 were to be represented in Paris on Tuesday in the meeting co-chaired by Laurent Fabius, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and John Kerry.

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However, the Sunday before, doubts were cast as to whether the meeting would still go ahead as it was announced that John Kerry had broken his leg in an cycling accident. It was later confirmed that the meeting would go ahead as planned as Kerry would be attending the meeting remotely via telephone. Reuters-TIMA confirmed plans for deployment, and the engineer and SNG made their way to Paris overnight from Montpellier ready to meet staff from the TIMA Paris office the following day.

Tuesday 2nd June 2015

Anticipating a lot of media interest, we arrive bright and early at the French Ministry of Foreign affairs, otherwise known as the Quai D’Orsay, and are among the first to park and set up our live position. We get an ideal spot in front of the gates of the Quai D’Orsay – indeed, “the early bird catches the worm”!

As the morning goes on, more crews arrive and set up around us. There are reporters from all over the world covering the event – Russia, Germany, Spain, France, the United States, the Middle East among others. The Quai D’Orsay is a hive of activity with ministers coming and going, sirens whirring, horse guards parading… the atmosphere is alive and we are set up in the midst of all the action.

Despite being hindered by the gusty winds threatening to knock over our kit, we get ready for the live with Al Hurra, as a request comes in from Dubai TV for the same time slot. Luckily we have the means to be able to make the necessary adjustments, and work quickly to make our anticipated single path operation a dual path one to accommodate their request. All is well with the HD dual uplink as Al Hurra and Dubai TV take their reporters live for their lunchtime bulletins. (more…)

Reuters Journalists of the Year Awards 2014

trophiesThe Reuters Journalists of the Year Awards were held in New York last month, honoring the people responsible for the best of Reuters journalism, their strength, passion, courage and commitment.

Steve Adler, Editor in Chief, Reuters said, “On full display tonight is the enormous scope of the work Reuters performs in our 200 locations around the world, and in every medium. I believe we are unique in terms of that astonishing breadth, covering – with equal authority – politics, war, diplomacy, economics, innovation, commodities & energy, natural disasters and general news, health, sports, entertainment, business, regulation, law, every aspect of the world of finance and more.”

We are pleased to be able to share these videos of the nominees in each category and we congratulate all who were nominated and the winners.

Winner of Baron Award: Samia Nakhoul – For her great skill as a journalist, her personal courage, her expertise on the Middle East, her ability to attract top talent both internal and external, and the great regard in which her peers in the industry hold her.

Nominees for Text Reporter of the Year – Winner: Ned Parker – For his agenda-setting scoops and special reports from Iraq’s front lines.

Nominees for Photo of the Year  – Winner: A Brief Encounter: Youssef Boudlal – A girl from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar.

Nominees for Enterprise Reporting of the Year – Winner: The Echo Chamber: Joan Biskupic, Janet Roberts, John Shiffman – For their comprehensive examination of the Supreme Court’s secretive appeals process.

Nominees for Video Story of the Year – Winner: Ukraine Crisis

Nominees for Scoop of the Year – Winner: Saudis warn of low oil prices: Ron Bousso and Joshua Schneyer

Nominees for Snapper of the Year – Winner: Hezron Selvi – For his efforts training local staff and rolling out Fastwire to Europe. (more…)

Looking back on a year of Reuters Live Online

FullSizeRenderRob Lang started out at the BBC before joining Reuters 15 years ago. At Reuters he has worked for many years as an Intake Editor as well as a field producer on major stories across the globe. He is currently the Live Editor for Reuters Video News. We asked Rob to look back on one year of the Reuters Live Online service.

When Reuters Live Online launched last March we entered uncharted territory. We knew there were clients out there that wanted live video and we had ideas about the type of events they desired – but were we ahead of the curve and was the online world actually ready for live content?

It’s been a learning process, working out if our instincts for compelling lives covering breaking news, showbiz and sport were right. Thankfully, mostly they were, with just over 4.7 million plays on our hosted service of over 2,500 offered lives through the year.

Find out more about RLO

Over 300,000 of those plays came from one story alone – the Oscar Pistorius trial, a highlight of a what proved to be a busy news year. Other well used stories included the towing away of the Costa Concordia, the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of World War 1, the Charlie Hebdo attack, the conflict in Ukraine – including the downing of MH17, the Greek crisis, the rise of ‘Islamic State’, the disappearance of MH-370, the Ferguson shooting and its aftermath, to name but a few. (more…)

Reuters-TIMA hits the red carpet at the Oscars

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Martin Veal not only looks sharp in a tuxedo, he also has the mammoth task of overseeing coverage of special events for Reuters-TIMA Location Services. We asked him to keep a diary detailing our coverage of the Oscars, the inaugural event of our partnership.

Friday February 20th

The eyes of the world will be on Los Angeles this weekend as the 87th Academy Awards take place in Hollywood.  Reuters-TIMA Location Services have landed in California and begun to set up the live facilities on site.  This is the exciting culmination of weeks of careful planning and coordination between the Reuters bureau in Los Angeles, and staff in Washington DC and London from both Reuters and TIMA.

Our base in Hollywood this weekend’s far from glamorous. It’s a trailer sitting in a car park behind the scenes, but it means we have everything we need close at hand. Over the day the parking lot fills up with identical trailers and satellite uplink trucks, as well as catering and bathroom facilities. (more…)

Unique World Cup perspective from “On the Sidelines”

A boy carries a soccer ball through neighborhood of the stadium, ahead of the World Cup soccer match between England and Italy in Manaus

A boy carries a soccer ball through the colorfully decorated neighborhood of the stadium, ahead of the World Cup soccer match between England and Italy in Manaus June 14, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

In a project titled “On The Sidelines”, Reuters award-winning photographers are sharing pictures showing their own quirky and creative view of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Their images offer an insight behind the scenes of the tournament, revealing the photographers’ experiences as they live in and travel around Brazil.

We have selected some of our favourites from the tournament so far, you can see more of these images on the on the REUTERSSPORT Instagram account. You can also see the best match pictures and near real-time results on our new Sports Reel mobile application for iPad, iPhone and Android devices  (more…)

64 Matches, 32 Teams, 12 Cities, 1 World Cup

clip_image002As the drama unfolds on the pitch and tension starts to build at the 2014 Football World Cup, Ossian Shine, Global Editor: Sport, Lifestyle and Entertainment at Reuters took some time out from heading up our operation in Brazil to tell us exactly what it takes to cover such a colossal event.

Thanks for your time Ossian. Take us behind the scenes of preparations leading up to kick off in Brazil and what it is like for the team currently on the ground?

After years of planning and preparation, our coverage team is up and running. Our news editors, reporters, photographers and TV crews are operating out of an office in the International Broadcast Centre in the Barra da Tijuca district of Rio de Janeiro, guiding our journalists who are dispersed throughout the country, in each of the 12 venue cities. The size of the country and the difficulty of travel created many logistical problems, and we are “zonal marking” the 32 teams this time round, rather than “man-to-man marking” any of them. In the past, we have travelled with teams as they criss-cross the country, but because of the logistics of this in Brazil, this time we are staying in our base cities and covering the countries as they come through.

A Mexican TV presenter stands on a photographer's chair during Brazil's national soccer team training session in Fortaleza

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