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Reuters will defend ‘vigorously’ if Thai police move to arrest journalists

Agence France-Presse | Phuketwan

Reuters journalists “will be summoned in the next few days to acknowledge defamation charges” in Thailand, Agence France-Presse reports. “If they do not come, arrest warrants will be issued,” Lt. Somkid On-Jan of Phuket’s Vichit Police Station told AFP. Somkid didn’t name the journalists, but Reuters’ Stuart Grudgings and Jason Szep wrote an article about Thai authorities selling members of a Muslim minority group in Myanmar to human traffickers. It was part of a series that won a Pulitzer Prize.

“We’re aware that a captain in the Royal Thai Navy filed a criminal complaint against Reuters and two Reuters journalists, Stuart Grudgings and Jason Szep, arising out of the Rohingya coverage, and that the complaint alleges violations of the Computer Crimes Act,” David Crundwell, Thomson Reuters’ head of corporate affairs, told Poynter in an email.… Read more

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Reuters finance writer Felix Salmon is headed for Fusion. He tells why on Medium:

“Fusion, in case you’re not familiar with it, is a joint venture between ABC and Univision. It’s a TV channel aimed mainly at millennials, whose only real guiding rule is that it’s going to stay away from anything conventional…

“But the core of what I do at Fusion will be post-text. Text has had an amazing run, online, not least because it’s easy and cheap to produce. When it comes to digital storytelling, however, the possibilities — at least if you have the kind of resources that Fusion has — are much, much greater. I want to do immersive digital stuff, I want to make animations, I want to use video, I want to experiment with new ways of communicating in a new medium.”

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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.

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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. … Read more

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Reuters uses activists as photographers in Syria

The New York Times

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

Financial Times | Business Insider | Reuters

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.

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Henry Waxman retires — must be the scoldings from media critics

Orange County Register | Reuters

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).… Read more

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Jim Ledbetter leaving Reuters for Inc.

AdWeek

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

The New York Times

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

Talking Biz News | The Washington Post

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.… Read more

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