Journalist spotlight: Mo Tamman on Reuters poll on U.S. citizens’ opinions of state secession


Earlier this month, Reuters released a poll that found that one in four Americans want their state to secede from the U.S. The question posed to respondents was “Do you support or oppose the idea of your state peacefully withdrawing from the United States of America and the federal government?,” to which fully a quarter said they were strongly or provisionally inclined to have their states leave the country. The poll garnered widespread pick-up in the U.S. and abroad, and was mentioned widely on broadcast media. In a Reuters Best: Journalist Spotlight, Mo Tamman, Editor in Charge, Data & Computational Journalism, offers a behind-the-scenes look at the poll and Reuters overall polling efforts.

Q. How did the idea for this poll come about? (more…)

Thomson Reuters 2014 Citation Laureates – Graphic of the day

Our Intellectual Property & Science business recently announced its 2014 “Nobel-class” Citation Laureates. Having accurately forecast 35 Nobel Prize winners since its inception in 2002, the annual Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates study mines scientific research citations to identify the most influential researchers in the fields of chemistry, physics, medicine and economics. Today’s graphic shows our top picks for 2014 and the technologies they’ve influenced. Thomson Reuters 2014 Citation Laureates   Make sure to check out the complete list of the 2014 Nobel predictions and follow @TR_ScienceWatch on Twitter.

Innovations in Market Data Technology – Report Overview

In this video, Paul Rowady of TABB Group talks about the new whitepaper “Innovations in Market Data Technology”, covering who should read the whitepaper and why, as well as giving a high level overview of key themes and topics that are covered in the paper. These topics will be discussed at our event in London on October 21st.

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How do economists think about Sustainability?

Fish swim in the Mediterranean sea on the south coast of the Balearic island of Mallorca, Spain August 20, 2006. South American "red Devil" squid found off Alaska and jellyfish plaguing the Mediterranean may point to vast disruptions in the seas linked to global warming, pollution or over-fishing, experts say.   REUTERS/Dani Cardona   (SPAIN)

GDP is a traditional headline economic indicator. Every three months we hear about the latest measurement of gross domestic production. But there are limitations to using GDP as a yardstick for economic output, such as:

  • it doesn’t reflect depletion of natural resources used to achieve growth
  • it measures goods not bads (e.g. pollution events)
  • it doesn’t reflect harm by bads (e.g. overfishing which destroys a fishing stock)
  • it doesn’t measure well-being, or the human capacity to maintain a growth rate

“From an economic viewpoint, a development path is sustainable if human well-being does not decline at any point along the path; part of this well-being is provided by the environment,” explains Dr. Kirk Hamilton of the London School of Economics.” GDP doesn’t measure whether a given rate of production is sustainable given the dependencies listed above. It’s a bit like only looking at revenue in an earnings report, when a company could be losing money on every widget it produces.” (more…)

The rise of low-cost carriers – Graphic of the day

Lufthansa and Air France face difficulties in expanding their segments in the low cost market, where carriers such as Vueling and Norwegian challenge Ryanair and easyJet. Today’s graphic shows the top 10 low-cost airlines by capacity and the top 15 by total seats.

low cost carriers

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Nobel Prize predictions


The 2014 Citation Laureates are our picks for the top Nobel Prize contenders in the fields of chemistry, physics, medicine and economics. The list includes 26 researchers who represent 25 academic and research organizations, and eight countries.

Every year, we share predictions just ahead of the announcements of the Nobel Prize winners. On Oct. 6, the Nobel Committees will begin announcing the winners to honor the world’s most influential researchers for achievements in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature, economics, and for peace.

Long tradition of identifying excellence in research

Thomson Reuters has accurately forecast 35 Nobel Prize winners since first publishing the study in 2002.


Windows wanes with PCs – Graphic of the day

Microsoft’s Windows operating system still runs about 90% of PCs around the world, but widespread adoption of powerful phones and tablets means it now features on only 14% of computing devices. Today’s graphic shows the current market share by operating system, with projections for this year and next.


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Cultures of innovation

Cultures of innovation

Welcome to Thomson Reuters Exchange! Each week, we will be bringing you features from within Exchange, Thomson Reuters financial and risk publication. We created Exchange, as the name suggests, as a forum for dialogue, a digital publication where ideas and insights, information, news and analysis can be exchanged and shared across the global ecosystem of financial professionals in a dynamic, interactive format. We invite you to experience the rich content and interactive features on your iPad or Android tablet by downloading it from the App StoreGoogle Play or on Amazon. Or, to learn more about Exchange and stay abreast of the latest features, functionality and content in this issue and subsequent issues, visit our website. This week’s post is by David Kirkpatrick, Founder, host and CEO of Techonomy.

Big and venerable companies around the world are increasingly confronting a vexing problem: They’re too big and venerable.

The ironic truth: To get even bigger, they have to learn to act small. Executives increasingly believe that new ideas and innovations that can generate growth are most likely to emerge in organizations like small start-ups. So the mandate for large companies is to find ways to replicate the culture and practices of smaller companies inside their walls.

The $52-billion-a-year health insurer Aetna, for example, has doubled its stock price in the last two years even as its CEO Mark Bertolini has emphasized breaking the company down into smaller units. “We’re 163 years old,” said Bertolini at last year’s Techonomy conference in Arizona, discussing the impact of tech on his business. “Is that a plus or minus?” a moderator asked him. “That’s a minus,” he replied. “Some say we have actuaries who’ve been around 163 years. So it’s difficult moving the model. You have to create separate organizations inside the company that are driving these technologies.” He described how Aetna has located several new businesses remotely from the corporate offices, and given them distinct compensation systems, management processes, and abilities to raise capital. Bertolini was blunt about what he hopes such groups will contribute to the legacy health insurer. He said he wants them to “disrupt the core.”


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The one thing I’ve simplified in my job…

…is working on one thing.

As we juggle work and personal priorities, we may be missing both the big picture, and the priority that we should be focusing on right now. Juggling priorities is not only demanding but it can also be distracting.

We live in an age where multitasking is both a skill and a distraction. We may need to have multiple browser tabs, word documents, emails, and other resources open at any one time. But logically, how many items can we really deal with before we feel unable to keep everything afloat?

One of the clearest ways that I’ve learned to simplify is to focus on what we’re doing right now. In fact, as I learned in a recent workshop I attended, it’s important to, “be here now.”