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On Thursday, Felix Salmon wrote “Against beautiful journalism” for Reuters, noting the disconnect readers feel when all stories, regardless of their merit, get the same polished treatment online.

Today, when you read a story at the New Republic, or Medium, or any of a thousand other sites, it looks great; every story looks great. Even something as simple as a competition announcement comes with a full-page header and whiz-bang scrollkit graphics. All too often, the result is a cognitive disconnect: why is the website design telling me that this short blog post is incredibly important, when in reality it’s just a blockquote and a single line of snark? All too often, when I visit a site like Slate or Quartz, I feel let down when I read something short and snappy — something which I might well have enjoyed, if it just took up a small amount of space in an old-fashioned reverse-chronological blog. The design raises my expectations, even as the writers are still expected to throw out a large number of quick takes on various subjects.

Felix Salmon

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Reuters weighs into photo licensing with new e-commerce site

Reuters on Monday launched a new photo and video e-commerce site, Reuters Access, in a revenue bid that follows the likes of The Associated Press and Getty Images.

"While our large publishing customers across the globe will continue to enjoy enterprise-level access to our content coupled with unmatched client support and service, now smaller businesses can get Reuters award-winning photography and video via an easy to use, elegant, and self-service e-commerce solution," said Jason Fox, Reuters global head, product, technology and program management, in a news release.

The site is aimed at small and mid-sized customers, including bloggers and nonprofits. Fox explained by email that the images can be used for "editorial purposes only, such as news reporting, criticism or commentary on the subject of the photograph or video. Reuters Access photos and videos are not for commercial use, such as promotional, endorsement, advertising, merchandising, advertorials — basically in the promotion or sale of products and services." (more...)
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Reuters uses activists as photographers in Syria

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Reuters employs rebel activists and "in one case a spokesman" as photographers in Syria, James Estrin and Karam Shoumali write. In interviews with photographers there, they say there are more issues with the wire service's practices:

Three [photographers] also said that the freelancers had provided Reuters with images that were staged or improperly credited, sometimes under pseudonyms. And while Reuters has given the local stringers protective vests and helmets, most said that the stringers lacked training in personal safety and first aid.
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Kiev or Kyiv? Let’s choose already

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Kiev/Kyiv on Wednesday, March 5. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)


My editor and I have had this discussion several times lately. Which one? Kiev or Kyiv? We don't write Roma for Rome, but we do now write Mumbai rather than Bombay. And really, there's not a lot of difference between the pronunciation of Kiev and Kyiv, at least when I read them.

On Friday, Ben Aris wrote about this orthographic challenge for Financial Times, noting that the White House switched to Kyiv on Thursday.

In addition, the President has signed an Executive Order that authorizes sanctions on individuals and entities responsible for activities undermining democratic processes or institutions in Ukraine; threatening the peace, security, stability, sovereignty, or territorial integrity of Ukraine; contributing to the misappropriation of state assets of Ukraine; or purporting to assert governmental authority over any part of Ukraine without authorization from the Ukrainian government in Kyiv. This E.O. is a flexible tool that will allow us to sanction those who are most directly involved in destabilizing Ukraine, including the military intervention in Crimea, and does not preclude further steps should the situation deteriorate.


In a press briefing from Jan. 23, it was Kiev. (more...)
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Henry Waxman retires — must be the scoldings from media critics

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U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman announced plans to retire Thursday. In a statement on his website, the California Democrat said he was "not leaving out of frustration with Congress" and that it was "time for someone else to have the chance to make his or her mark." All excellent, plausible reasons to leave a job after 20 terms in office. But I know the real reason he left -- he couldn't handle the disapproval of media critics!

Oh sure, you say, media critics are the least-feared workers of the journalistic trade, people who pounce on typos and plagiarism scandals as if they were of equal importance. You might even make the case that Waxman isn't aware of media criticism (as if such a thing were possible). I'm just saying, the timing is suspicious, that's all. Consider: (more...)
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Jim Ledbetter leaving Reuters for Inc.

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Jim Ledbetter will leave Reuters in February to work as the editor of Inc., AdWeek reported Thursday. Ledbetter, who was an op-ed editor at Reuters, joins new publisher John Donnelly at the magazine and website.
Ledbetter’s departure follows some considerable upheaval at Reuters; the company last fall cut a reported 5 percent of its workforce and scrapped plans for its consumer-facing website, Reuters Next. “With the decision that was made to not pursue Reuters Next, it kind of follows from that that the commitment to doing the opinion I was doing was probably not going to grow, so the job should stay the same,” Ledbetter said. “But honestly, the opportunity to work with Eric Schurenberg was just too good to pass up under any circumstances.”
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The New York Times hires Michael Forsythe

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Former Bloomberg News reporter Michael Forsythe now works for The New York Times, according to a Times story on Sunday by Christine Haughney.

Forsythe, based in Hong Kong, left Bloomberg News in November after Bloomberg held an investigative story "because of fears that Bloomberg would be expelled from China," Haughney wrote.
After Bloomberg News published an article in June 2012 on the family wealth of Xi Jinping, at that time the incoming Communist Party chief, sales of Bloomberg terminals in China slowed, as officials ordered state enterprises not to subscribe. Officials also blocked Bloomberg’s website on Chinese servers, and the company has been unable to get residency visas for new journalists.
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Washington Post hires Reuters editor to beef up overnight report

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Fred Barbash will leave Reuters' Washington, D.C., bureau to rejoin The Washington Post, Chris Roush reports. At the Post, he'll lead a team tasked with "working overnight to magnify our news report so that readers have the most comprehensive, engaging reading experience possible when they wake up every morning," the Post's memo says.

Barbash worked at the Post from 1974 to 2006. He's also worked at CQ Weekly and Politico; he joined Reuters about two years ago, its D.C. bureau chief Marilyn Thompson says in a memo in Roush's post.
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China blocks The Guardian

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The Guardian's website has been blocked in China, according to a story Wednesday by Jonathan Kalman for The Guardian. Access to the newspaper's site still worked on tablets and mobile devices, he reported, and some users wrote that they'd been able to access the page.

The reasons for the Guardian block are unclear – no China-related stories published by the Guardian in the past two days would obviously be perceived as dangerous by the country's leadership. One article, published on 6 January, explores tensions in China’s ethnically-divided north-western region Xinjiang, but the Guardian has covered the subject before without any noticeable fallout.
On Monday, Reuters and the Wall Street Journal confirmed to Poynter that China unblocked Chinese-language versions of those two sites, which were first blocked in November. (more...)
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Wall Street Journal and Reuters confirm China has unblocked sites

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China has unblocked the Chinese-language sites of both The Wall Street Journal and Reuters, according to a story Monday by Steven Millward for Tech In Asia.

Colleen Schwartz, with corporate communications for the Wall Street Journal, confirmed via e-mail that the Journal's site had been unblocked.

Heather Carpenter, public relations manager with Reuters, also confirmed via e-mail Monday that Reuters has been unblocked in China.

Millward reports that the WSJ was blocked in November.
The Chinese edition of Reuters went blank at around the same time. That all came amidst a global controversy over foreign reporters’ visas. Reuters’ veteran reporter Paul Mooney was one of several foreign reporters that faced being kicked out of China at the end of the year as authorities seemed not very keen on renewing their journalists’ visa. However, all the affected reporters were eventually granted the paperwork to keep their bureaus operating.
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