Automated Sports News Packages are Here!

Since the beginning of this US College Football season, the Reuters Sports team has been in the lab collaborating with Graphiq, a company that specializes in making big data easy to digest.  Now, we are thrilled to share the first output…

Starting this weekend and continuing through to the College Football National Championship, Reuters and Graphiq will be automatically generating sports news packages at the conclusion of each NCAA FBS game—with full length text recaps and hosted graphics to go with them—for any editorial publisher to use in their digital projects, for free

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While the initial rollout is only NCAA FBS, we plan to use our learnings from the remainder of the season to launch auto-generated news packages in other sports in 2016. We need your help to expand our technology, so please leave your feedback in the comments below. Let us know what you like, what changes you’d like to see, what sports you want to see covered in the future, and anything else you want to tell us.

The packages are available to the public on Open Media Express and existing Media Express subscribers need only to ask their account manager to give them access to the feed. Some stories from earlier this week are already up, so log on today!

The Reuters News Agency has a 160 year tradition of finding the best ways to use technology to deliver more news to our clients, faster, and today we’re adding another chapter to that story. Keep checking the blog for more automated sports content unveilings.  Our partnership with Graphiq will soon help us offer much more for our customers —including a wide variety of hosted graphics that can be accessed via Open Media Express that will go far beyond College Football.

Want to increase your sports coverage? Learn more about Reuters sports news packages here! 


Global MMA News (GMN) Content Available For Free Via Reuters

Russian MMA phenomenon Marat Gafurov crowned Interim ONE Featherweight World ChampionGlobal MMA News (GMN) and Reuters today announced that select breaking news and feature articles will be free for editorial use by digital publishers via Reuters platforms.  As the exclusive Mixed Martial Arts news contributor to Reuters Media Express, GMN will deliver breaking news on events, fight cards, in-depth features, exclusive interviews with star athletes, and commentary that covers the burgeoning MMA scene.  The very first feature from GMN is now available:


You can view it here

Any digital publisher can view and download Global MMA News content from the dedicated GMN channel on Open Media Express:

For inquiries on how to access Open Media Express:

About Global MMA News:

GLOBAL MMA NEWS (GMN) is the premier source for the most updated news on the development of mixed martial arts (MMA) in the world. Focused primarily on the rapidly growing Asian MMA scene, our team of experienced journalists is embedded across the region to provide real-time news and features suitable for MMA fans and mainstream audiences alike.

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Start Your Engines. Free Content Is Coming With Sports Desk Direct.

Singapore Grand Prix 2015Anyone following Reuters (or anyone who has read the last post) knows that we have been upping our game when it comes to using our know-how and platforms to provide customized editorial and content marketing solutions.

In addition to the launch of Open Media Express, we have now launched a service called Sports Desk Direct aimed at helping sports teams and leagues to reach out to their global fan bases by carrying their content on Reuters platforms.

This weekend will be a great example of what this new service can offer as we deliver the sights and sounds leading up to the Singapore Grand Prix. The race itself is surrounded by a dazzling array of A-List Music Concerts, autograph signings, press conferences, and fan events. Reuters will be delivering photography from these events via Media Express. This content is free for any digital publisher that wants to make use of them for editorial purposes.

You can access the Singapore Grand Prix content here or by clicking on the “Contributors” tab in Media Express.

Singapore Grand Prix 2015Sports Desk Direct has an exciting and diverse lineup of new customers coming online soon, so stay tuned for much more.  If you have any questions at all about the service, please feel free to reach out to me anytime.

Rob Schack

Global Head of Sports & Strategic Projects

Sometimes it gets weird at Reuters…..

After 17 years at Reuters, I recently became the Global Head of Sports and Strategic Products for the Reuters News Agency. My job is focused on making sure that Reuters is able to deliver the raw materials that help thousands of publishers cover the sports world for their audiences.  I’m very proud to be helping Reuters carry a legacy that started well over a century ago, delivering world class coverage of the biggest sporting events.  And yes, it’s as fun as it sounds.

Of course the vast majority of our attention is paid to the most popular and largest sporting events, but it’s also important for our customers to have access to a wide breadth of coverage.  We were reminded of this recently, when the International Olympic Committee recognized Ultimate Frisbee as a sport, putting it on a path towards inclusion in a future Olympic event.

That decision also helped inspire this post.  You see, one unexpected side effect of my new role is a sudden urge to learn about the lesser known sports Reuters has covered, and then, against their will, force anyone within listening distance to learn about them too.

For instance, did you know about our Elephant Polo coverage?  You might have never seen it, but you can guess what it is.

How about Korfball? No idea right? Well Korfball is actually too main stream for me to get into here.

Underwater Ice Hockey? You’re probably thinking of Underwater Hockey. Totally different sport. Seriously. You’ll see.

Because those in the office here in Times Square have started giving me a wide berth for fear of another lecture on the more obscure rules of a Sauna Marathon, I’m taking to the internet to show off how much I’ve learned.  So without further delay, in ascending order, here are the 7 sports I’m rooting for to become the next Ultimate Frisbee:

Elephant Polo

Here it is. The “biggest sport in the world” doesn’t really need much explanation.

A player from PricewaterhouseCoopers Team, challenges players from the Audemars Piguet Team, during the opening match of 11th King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament in Hua-HinFootgolf

Let’s start this nice and easy.  You know Football.  You know Golf.  Just put them together and you have Footgolf.  Put away the clubs, widen the holes, break out the soccer ball and kick.

Patrick Wooten holds the flag as his son Thomas misses his putt on the second half of the FootGolf course at Largo Golf Course in Largo, Florida*Censored*

There is really enough material here for a whole other blog post (but by now we all know that’s not happening).  Apparently you can pretty much turn any sport into a new sport by simply shedding the uniform. Reuters has covered everything from Naked Bike Riding, to the World Pole Dancing Championships to something called the “Bare Buns Run”.  We’re keeping it family friendly here, but if you’re a fan of The Wider Image, feel free to do your own research into Sauna Marathons. I guarantee you will learn something.

Spanish fans react while watching the 2010 World Cup match between Spain and Switzerland, in MadridToe Wrestling

You know, like arm wrestling, except with your toes. Legend has it that this idea was born in the pub after a tough World Cup loss, where two men wanted England to become world champion at something, so they invented this sport.  Where else can one root for an athlete known as “The Toeminator”?

Rebecca Birch wins the ladies section of the World Toe Wrestling championships in AshbourneExtreme Ironing

And just about now is when I would warn you it’s about to get weird.  Participants in Extreme Ironing compete to successfully iron their clothes in the most awkward situations to score points from the judges. Have you ever seen a man iron clothes balanced on the peak of a mountain? How about while base jumping? No? I say you can hardly call yourself an educated sports fan until you’ve experienced the thrill and suspense of extreme chores.


We all know Underwater Hockey is just hockey played at the bottom of a pool.  Well this is Underwater ICE Hockey.  In 10 minute periods, and without the use of scuba tanks, in obviously freezing cold water, the teams play hockey with a puck floating against the bottom of the rink. Can we still call Gretzky “The Great One” if he only played on one side of the ice?  But wait, it gets weirder…

Kiehl of team Germany I dives during a match at the Underwater ice hockey Championships in lake WeissenseeChess Boxing

Finally, my very favorite. Combatants take turns playing rounds of chess and fighting rounds of boxing. Alternating until there’s a checkmate… or a knockout.  I’m really hoping for a Mayweather-Pacquiao rematch following this format. How is this not more popular?

Sirci of Italy competes against Russia's Sazhin during their heavyweight World Championship chessboxing match in Moscow

Well that wraps up a view into the lighter side of the job here. Believe it or not, there is quite a bit more in the archives to tell you about, but I just found an archive video from the 1987 World Cheese Rolling Championships …

Rob Schack, Global Head of Sports & Strategic Projects

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Reuters and Perform partner to syndicate Sports Video News Services

Reuters, the world’s largest international multimedia news agency, and PERFORM, one of the leading digital sports content groups, are proud to announce a long-term global strategic partnership that will see the two companies syndicate and distribute content across their respective platforms.

The ground-breaking alliance will see Reuters sports footage integrated into Omnisport Ready, PERFORM’S digital sports video news service. Omnisport journalists will select several stories per day from Reuters output and voice it in multiple languages – providing Ready customers with world-class footage as the biggest stories break around the world. Reuters content is created by 2,600 journalists in more than 200 locations around the globe, providing unparalleled international and national news coverage with speed, impartiality and insight.

Content will also be available via ePlayer, PERFORM’S market-leading embeddable video player for publishers and Reuters will also have its own non-sports video news channel within ePlayer.


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


Top Sports Editors Come Together at 2013 APSE Conference

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The annual Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) convention was held June 26th-29th and brought together some of the top American sports editors from the print, digital and broadcast worlds. Over the course of four days, editors discussed professional development in sports journalism, attended the annual awards banquet, and took part in sessions and workshops dedicated to excellence in column writing and multimedia storytelling, among other topics.

APSE, started back in 1974, is known for its commitment to high ethical standards and for being an advocate for sports editors in tackling challenging topics, such as locker room access and diversity in sports journalism. The convention, now in its 39th year, has been held in cities across the nation in hopes of giving sports editors from even the smallest newsrooms the opportunity to attend. APSE prides itself on continuing to train, polish and challenge its members and those who attend the annual convention, ultimately helping print, digital and broadcast media outlets to improve their final product.

The APSE convention is particularly meaningful for Reuters as it provides a space where we can have a unified presence with two of our partners in American sports: Sports Direct Inc. and USA Today. This is a great opportunity for us to show how we are bringing choice to a very competitive marketplace when it comes to American sports journalism, photography and full agate solutions.


For our customers: Reuters examines the world of soccer academies throughout Europe

Soccer's Homegrown TalentThe world of soccer academies is perplexing, occasionally uplifting but also disconcerting, with widely differing approaches to recruitment, education and welfare and hugely contrasting levels of success across Europe’s major leagues.

Reuters reporters have produced a series of in-depth multimedia stories, features and interviews to be issued over the next two days which examine the differing approaches and trends among countries and clubs and address some of the issues and concerns around soccer academies.

This extensive package, which includes video, pictures, and graphics, will have country-by-country overviews of how the academy system works in the major leagues of England, Italy, Germany, France, Spain and the Netherlands as well as in-depth interviews with some of the leading figures involved in the development of youth football.

The success or otherwise of the academy system and the challenge of addressing welfare and education issues in an environment where there is such an overwhelming pressure to succeed on the pitch are also addressed in a series of illuminating pieces.

If you would like more information about accessing this content, please contact your Reuters account manager, or e-mail Tom Harding at

*The package will be published in two sections, from 0200GMT Thursday March 28 and 0200GMT Friday March 27. ‘Read More’ to check out our detailed advisory schedule below.