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Bloomberg deal ends early looks at market-moving consumer survey data

The Wall Street Journal | University of Michigan

Customers who paid extra will no longer get an early look at the University of Michigan’s consumer confidence survey, thanks to a deal between the university and Bloomberg LP. Thomson Reuters, which currently distributes the information, used to grant access to the data two seconds earlier to some paying customers, which was a large advantage for some traders.

New York’s attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, investigated the early-release practice and earlier this year struck an interim agreement with Thomson Reuters to end it.

The peeks will stay on ice for at least five years starting next January, Brody Mullins reports for The Wall Street Journal. Bloomberg “said it would end the practice of charging investors a fee in exchange for an advanced copy of the survey,” Mullins writes. Read more

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NYT acknowledges Carol Vogel lifted from Wikipedia

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  1. NYT acknowledges Carol Vogel lifted from Wikipedia: Part of a July 25 column “used specific language and details from a Wikipedia article without attribution; it should not have been published in that form,” a grisly editor’s note reads. (NYT) | Times spokesperson Eileen Murphy told Ravi Somaiya “editors have dealt with Carol on the issue.” (NYT) | “It seems to me that there can be little dispute about the claim,” Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan wrote Wednesday. “Anyone can see the similarity.” (NYT)
  2. E.W. Scripps Co. and Journal Communications will combine broadcast properties, spin off newspapers: The companies “are so similar and share the deep commitment to public service through enterprise journalism,” Scripps Chairman Richard A.
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Reuters will investigate CNN plagiarist’s work

Reuters was “not aware of any concerns raised” about Marie-Louise Gumuchian’s work when she was a reporter there, Head of Corporate Affairs David Crundwell tells Poynter in an email. “However in light of press reports we are reviewing her stories.”

CNN said Friday it had dismissed Gumuchian, a news editor in London, after finding plagiarism in more than 50 of her stories. A CNN source told Poynter she had primarily lifted copy from Reuters. “She worked for us for about six months, so if we found that many in six months I can’t imagine the job Reuters has now,” the source told Craig Silverman. Read more

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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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How taxonomies help news organizations understand and categorize their content

News organizations such as the Associated Press, The New York Times and Thomson Reuters are teaching computers to categorize text and images by building robust taxonomies that their systems use to tag news content.

Adding digital information under the hood in this way helps link stories together and serve up relevant content to news audiences.

In a recent interview with Poynter, Associated Press staffers talked about the AP’s News Taxonomy and why a news organization might consider using it.

What’s taxonomy?

Taxonomy is the practice of classifying information. News organizations do this already: putting articles in the sports section instead of the business section is a way of classifying them. What’s different today is organizations are classifying articles using computers instead of human judgment.

Stuart Myles, director of information management at the AP, led the team that built the AP News Taxonomy with machine-learning and natural-language-processing tools to teach computers how to make decisions instead of having a person read every article or look up a caption on every photo. Read more


Reuters’ Anthony De Rosa will be Circa’s EIC

Circa Blog | PaidContent | Talking Biz News

Reuters Social Media Editor Anthony De Rosa will become editor-in-chief of Circa, the company announced Tuesday. Circa is a mobile news app that aims to present news “without the fluff, filler, or commentary.”

“There’s a huge opportunity to present news in a way that’s made for mobile,” De Rosa said in the company’s announcement. He told Mathew Ingram “he will be adding some new elements to Circa’s news repertoire — including a possible move into more traditional reporting.” Read more


Matthew Keys: Reuters ‘was looking for a reason to dispose of me’

Matthew Keys | CJR | Politico | Twitchy | The Atlantic Wire
Matthew Keys writes that Reuters gave him several reasons for dismissing him, including the fact that he tweeted information he’d heard over police scanners during the manhunt for the Boston bombings suspects. Keys tweeted on Monday that the news service had let him go.

“I’ve stated before I was unaware of several media reports sourcing law enforcement regarding scanner traffic,” Keys writes. “As soon as I learned about the reports, I erred on the side of caution and stopped tweeting information heard over the scanner.” He continues:

It’s unclear if any law enforcement official or agency reached out to Reuters to make the same request reported by other news organizations, but Reuters has made it clear that it does not need to independently reach out to law enforcement before complying with a request — if CBS News reports it, that’s good enough for Reuters.

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Reuters fires Matthew Keys

Matthew Keys | Politico
Reuters Deputy Social Media Editor Matthew Keys tweeted on Monday that the news service had let him go. Reuters confirmed to Politico that Keys is “no longer with the company.”


Keys was indicted last month and charged with helping the hacking group Anonymous gain access to and alter a Tribune Co. website. Reuters suspended him the next day. Read more

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Reuters suspends Matthew Keys

The Huffington Post | Reuters | Los Angeles Times
Reuters suspended Deputy Social Media Editor Matthew Keys, who was indicted Thursday for allegedly helping hackers deface Tribune Co. websites.

Keys took to Twitter Thursday night:


Reuters earlier reported that “a Thomson Reuters employee at the New York office where Keys worked said that his work station was being dismantled and that his security pass had been deactivated.”

The employee is not named. Read more

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