Articles about "Reuters"

Wall Street Journal and Reuters confirm China has unblocked sites

Tech In Asia
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.

China grants press cards to several U.S. journalists

Reuters | The Washington Post | The Guardian
Journalists at Bloomberg News and The New York Times received press cards from China, according to a Thursday report from Reuters. China held up granting the visas to journalists from the Times and Bloomberg after both published stories about Chinese leaders and their families.

William Wan reported Thursday in The Washington Post that one journalist for the Post has been granted a visa, and another got a press pass Thursday as well.

China has long denied or held up visas to retaliate for coverage critical of Communist Party officials, but U.S. reporters say the practice has grown more intense under President Xi Jinping, who took office in March. But this year, entire news organizations, rather than individual reporters, faced threats that they would be kicked out of the country, the journalists said. The tensions appear to stem primarily from Chinese displeasure with articles about corruption among top Communist Party members and government officials. Reports about the massive wealth acquired by “princelings,” the family members of elite government figures, are a particular sore point.
The press passes don't ensure U.S. journalists working in China will be able to stay, but they are necessary for the visa applications, Wan wrote.

All of Bloomberg’s foreign staff in China but only some at the Times received press cards Thursday, members of both organizations said. A handful of Times journalists have still not received press cards and thus continue to face the prospect of being forced to leave China, according to journalists in Beijing working on their behalf. Even among those who have press cards, none are considering themselves safe from expulsion until they get their visas physically stamped into their passports, several journalists said.

While some U.S. journalists are now on a bit closer to getting their visas in China, Chinese journalists are facing stricter measures to keep their own press cards. (more...)

Guardian staff may face terrorism charges

The Guardian | Reuters
"It appears possible that some people may have committed offences. We need to establish whether they have or haven't. That involves scoping a huge amount of material," Scotland Yard's head of counter-terrorism, Cressida Dick, said Tuesday before the House of Commons.

Alan Travis reported in the Guardian Tuesday on the hearing and questions about whether or not police were investigating The Guardian for terrorism charges. (more...)

Former Reuters journalist wins seat in Canada’s House of Commons

The Globe and Mail | The Toronto Star
Former journalist Chrystia Freeland won a seat Monday in Canada's House of Commons, Joe Friesen and Adrian Morrow report in The Globe and Mail.
Ms. Freeland will immediately enter the House of Commons with an important role in Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s caucus. She has already been named co-chair of his council of economic advisers and is expected to become a prominent voice among Liberal MPs.
Susan Delacourt wrote in the Toronto Star Tuesday that Freeland worked as a foreign correspondent in Kiev and Moscow, and as a senior editor at Reuters, The Globe and Mail and The Financial Times. Her husband, Graham Bowley, is a reporter at The New York Times. Delacourt reports that Freeland left her job as a journalist a few months ago to run for MP for Toronto Centre. (more...)

Sunlight Foundation’s new plagiarism-detection software launches, claims a bust

Sunlight Foundation
A press release for Sunlight Foundation's new plagiarism-detection tool Churnalism claims a bust right out of the gate: Reuters' prematurely published obituary for George Soros "includes a number of references from his Wikipedia page," it says.

The tool compares text -- which you can either paste in or let Churnalism vacuum in from the URL -- against Wikipedia and a database of press releases, from "PR Newswire, PR News Web, EurekaAlert!, congressional leadership offices, the White House, a sampling of Fortune 500 companies, prominent philanthropic foundations and many more," the release says.

But could Soros' Wiki page have sucked in phrases from Reuters' obituary, as the release notes happened with a New York Times article? Edits made since the obituary was mistakenly published don't seem to indicate the wording moved in that direction (though I'm hardly an expert when it comes to forensic examinations of Wiki edits). I've contacted Reuters for comment; obviously the Soros piece was not intended to be published as is.

Jim Roberts joins Reuters

The New York Observer
Former New York Times Assistant Managing Editor Jim Roberts will become executive editor of Reuters Digital, Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke reports. Roberts took a buyout from the Times last month.

He'll "oversee the editorial work of and our global family of Reuters websites, our opinion team and our online video operation," Reuters Digital Editor Chrsytia Freeland wrote staff in an email obtained by Bloomgarden-Smoke.

Previously: New York Times’ Pilhofer: ‘There’s a lot of institutional memory walking out the door’ | New York Times editor to take 75,000 Twitter followers out the door with him (Paid Content)

The story behind that Reuters storm photo featured on four major front pages

Brian Snyder had no idea his storm photo appeared on the front pages of four major newspapers this weekend until people started sending him links about it, he said by phone Sunday afternoon.
These four papers (and a few more) featured Snyder's photo on Saturday's front page.
A senior photographer for Thomson Reuters, Snyder has covered five presidential campaigns, the Super Bowl, and most recently a snowball fight between students at Harvard and MIT. (more...)
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New York Times news apps team ventures into product development with Olympics syndication

The New York Times has built an impressive online home for its Olympics coverage, with instantly-updated results, medal counts, athlete bios, and of course stories and photos. And because the Times has joined with Reuters to syndicate that data and Read more

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Reuters corrects a misquote that said Facebook’s COO suffers from anxiety:

This story corrected paragraph 6 to show Sandberg said she sometimes gets anxious, not that she suffers from anxiety



Reuters photog who took ‘Texts from Hillary’ picture says viral meme was ‘a mystery to me’

Reuters | Storify
Reuters photographer Kevin Lamarque tells the story behind his now-famous photo of Hillary Clinton wearing sunglasses and checking her BlackBerry:

"On a secretive trip by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Tripoli, only days before the capture and killing of Libyan leader Muammar Gadaffi, I photographed Clinton aboard a C-17 transport plane. She was wearing dark sunglasses while texting from a makeshift desk she was working from. Okay, nice image I thought, but we were about to land in Tripoli which was certain to yield the images that the world would really want to see. Initially yes. But that was last October."

Last week it sparked a meme of 32 Tumblr posts suggesting what and who Clinton was text messaging. They got 83,000 shares on Facebook, over 45,000 Tumblr followers and a blitz of media coverage. In the end, Clinton herself joined the fun. In a Facebook chat on Thursday Lamarque said, "I am perhaps a bit old school, I don't tweet and I spend little time reading blogs, so the scope and scale of the whole thing was a bit of a mystery to me." And in the blog post, he adds: "Photographers, you never really know when your pictures will resurface and what use they will be to someone out there."
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