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

Hackday Insights: How to make the most from online video?


Reuters partnered with the Global Editors Network on two Hackday events this year. Each winning team from the series was invited to the Hackdays Final, ‘The World Cup of Newsroom Innovation’, during the GEN Summit 2014 in Barcelona.  In this post we speak to Josh Boswell from The Times, the overall series winners.

Could you tell us a little bit about your Hack Day team?

We were all in teams of three: a journalist, a developer and a designer. Aendrew Rininsland was the developer in our team. He’s fluent in several server and client side coding languages, but he’s also a pretty darn good ideas man. Eoin Tunstead was our designer. He does more than just make things pretty – he’s got a good eye for UX and UI design too, and when it comes to making straplines for a project he’d give Don Draper a run for his money. Then there’s me. I’d enough coding knowledge to help build the front end, and my other big responsibility was the presentation of the idea. As well as being colleagues on the same desk, we’d worked together in a team of five for the regional hackathon in Dublin. Between the hacking and the whiskeys, I think we cemented a pretty good team, which meant we were all on the same wavelength when it came to the Barcelona hackathon.

How was the Hack Day experience different to your usual working day? (more…)

Hackday Insights: How to make your website stickier and more engaging?


Reuters recently partnered with the Global Editors Network to present a Reuters Hackday in New York. In this post Eric Frederick, Online Managing Editor of The News and Observer of Raleigh, NC spoke to us about their highly commended project and how to make your website stickier and more engaging.

Could you tell us a little bit about your Hackday team?

Our team represented McClatchy Newspapers. The members were Tom Markart, senior design engineer at McClatchy Interactive; Peyton Vaughn, a senior web application developer (more…)

World War One – Lessons from the catastrophe as Great Power tensions rise again

Sir Harold Evans, Moderator, Editor at Large
June 28 marked the 100th anniversary of the assassination in Sarajevo of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, and his wife. Five weeks later Europe was engulfed in World War One, and America, too, by 1917.

The conflict yielded more than 20 million dead, missing and wounded, reshaped the map of Europe and led directly to World War Two and then the Cold War. Who—if anyone—was to blame for what George Kennan called, “the great seminal catastrophe of this century—the event which…lay at the heart of the failure and decline of this Western civilization.” And what can we learn from the serial miscalculations of risk now that Great Power tensions rise again over Ukraine and the South and East China Seas?


Candlelight vigil for conflict in Iraq – July 4, 2014

A Shi'ite Muslim girl takes part in a candlelight protest against the ongoing conflict in Iraq, in New Delhi

A Shi’ite Muslim girl takes part in a candlelight protest against the ongoing conflict in Iraq, in New Delhi July 3, 2014. Nearly 50 Indian nurses from the southern state of Kerala have been taken against their will from a hospital in the militant-controlled city of Tikrit in Iraq, India’s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

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…)

“Assets of the Ayatollah” wins a 2014 Loeb Award

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CNBC’s Mandy Drury serves as master of ceremonies at the 2014 Gerald Loeb Awards in NYC. (Photo: Business Wire)

During the week winners were announced for the 2014 Gerald R. Loeb Awards, the most prestigious awards for business, economics and finance journalism in the U.S. Reuters Steve Stecklow, Babak Dehghanpisheh and Yeganeh Torbati took home the award in the Explanatory category for their series “Assets of the Ayatollah,” which revealed that the economic empire behind Iran’s supreme leader was built on the seizure of assets belonging to ordinary Iranians.

The series has received a number of recognitions to date, including an Overseas Press Club Award, a European Press Prize, an Ancil Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism and a SABEW Award. (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


How my colleagues made me a better journalist

SteveAdler - Low resWritten by Stephen J. Adler, Editor-In-Chief, Reuters

One of things I love about journalism is that it provides a lifetime of learning. In this blog, I share some of what I’ve been learning along the way, in the hope that a bit of it will be helpful to others as well. One attribute these lessons have in common: I learned them all from colleagues. That may be a lesson in itself.

Read the competition

In my first job, at The Tampa Times, all my friends were journalism nerds whose idea of a good time was lugging every paper in the state to the beach on Sunday mornings and reading and discussing how front-page stories-especially the ledes-were written. (I decline to remember whether alcohol was also involved.) It was especially illuminating when someone else’s story was better than ours. That’s how we learned, and it remains a great lesson in how to get better.


Schmooze the assistants

My first beat was the county courthouse, and I was lucky that my predecessor had moved to a new assignment at the paper and was happy to introduce me to the major players in the courthouse. He was the first person to show me the importance of the executive assistant as door-opener or door-slammer, and sometimes as great source in his or her own right. I went out of my way on that beat, and all that followed, to get to know and show respect for the assistants, who were excessively harried but hugely knowledgeable.

“No” is just the start of the conversation (more…)

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