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When the spies came in from the cold

Regular readers of my blog will know that, from time to time, I like to highlight the careers of women who – in a culture very different from today – bucked the trend, ignored barriers and created for themselves a place in Reuters history. Annette von Broecker, who retired in 1994 as Reuters editor in Germany, was one of those women.

Five years ago, Reuters Security Correspondent, William Maclean (today Gulf Bureau Chief), looked back at von Broecker’s first scoop – in 1962 – during the height of the Cold War era. Annette von Broecker was, in her own words, a 19-year-old blonde when Reuters hired her as an editorial assistant in West Berlin in October 1959.

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Annette von Broecker at work in the Reuters Berlin office with bureau chief Alfred Kluehs (L) a few weeks after her 1962 scoop.

She would probably never have become a journalist had it not been for a story that unfolded before her eyes at a time when history was being made; “and, of course, because my mother desperately wanted to get me out of the house,” she recounted later. There was drama aplenty in the Berlin spy swap which she witnessed one chilly February morning in 1962, amid a wind that “seemed to blow straight from the North Pole.”

In a Reuters publication, Frontlines: snapshots of history (2001), von Broecker credited her scoop to a lucky guess. After Berlin bureau chief Alfred Kluehs had sent two correspondents to Checkpoint Charlie to staff both sides of the border crossing between the divided city, she stared at a big map that was hanging on the wall behind the boss’s desk.

“He sat with his back to it. My eyes wandered about. I looked at all the coloured pins that Alfred had stuck on the map to mark important sites, such as border crossings. They stopped suddenly, in the southwest corner of Berlin. There was a border. There was a bridge. It spanned the River Havel and connected the American sector of Berlin with the East German town of Potsdam. That was where the Western allies used to have their military liaison missions, which were attached to the Soviet headquarters in East Germany. Only Allied military personnel were allowed to cross the Glienicker Bridge, an elegant iron structure in two sets of concave bows across the Havel, some 150 yards wide. (more…)

What is diversity?

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This post is by Chang Wang, Chief Research and Academic Officer at Thomson Reuters. He was recently recognized as a 2015 Diversity in Business honoree by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

From my heavy accent people can surely tell that I was originally from an exotic part of the world: I was born and raised in Beijing where I spent the first 28 years of my life: from K-12 to college, work, and graduate school at Peking University. I was confident I had an identity and – that identity had little to do with diversity. That identity evaporated when I became a graduate student at the University of Illinois and later a law student at the University of Minnesota Law School, where I became the member of a minority group and was forced to write, reason, and argue in another language.

“In which language do you dream?” A Swiss law student at the University of Bern asked me. She speaks four languages, so does every student in the class I teach at the University, some even more. “Don’t kill insects. They might be your relatives in the past lives.” a Tibetan monk told me. Buddhists believe in reincarnation. Therefore, you should demonstrate a reverence for all sentient beings.

Not until the second year of law school did I begin to dream in English… and swear in English; not until I began to listen to Mozart did I realize that some people hear musical notes, rather than words; not until I saw Kandinsky did I discover that fine artists “think” in colour and shapes. Not until I had my own first dog did I truly share the joy, sadness, and pain an animal experienced emotionally; and not until I settled in Minnesota did I realized that we all live in parallel universes – separated by language, history, time, and space – and yet we are all so similar. Diversity to me is seeing commonalities among different races, genders; and classes, and seeing differences and divergence among same race, gender, and class.

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Introducing Innovation Magazine

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We’re pleased to announce the latest addition to our Know 360 stable of thought-leadership publications – Thomson Reuters Innovation – a new twice-yearly magazine for science professionals.

Innovation is at the heart of the global economy. It is rooted in our desire to know more about the world, discover its infinite possibilities and find better ways of doing things. The inaugural issue of Thomson Reuters Innovation magazine provides unique insights to compare industries and companies based on patent, scientific and financial information.

This issue takes inspiration from the concept of multiple viewpoints – a new and completely fresh perspective, it crowd-sources through experiences and points of view from across the global science community.

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Mind Your Business: A podcast on Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion

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We recently launched our newest podcast, Mind Your Business, a regular review on the intersection between Corporate Responsibility and Inclusion and modern business. It’s hosted by Patsy Doerr, global head of Corporate Responsibility and Inclusion at Thomson Reuters.

The first episode takes a broader look at our own Corporate Responsibility and Inclusion structure, then Patsy is joined by James White, Global Diversity & Inclusion at Credit Suisse. Listen here: (more…)

Supreme Court takes up question of tribal court jurisdiction over tort claims

From Westlaw Journal Employment:  The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review an appellate ruling that gave an Indian tribal court broad jurisdiction over a nonmember company in a case involving a Dollar General intern allegedly sexually assaulted at a store on tribal land.
The high court granted certiorari June 15 after Dollar General Corp. argued that granting a tribal court jurisdiction goes against Supreme Court precedent and threatens the rights of thousands of companies.

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Exchange Magazine: The Art of Data

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In the latest issue of Thomson Reuters Exchange, we’re celebrating data, the core of our business and the lifeblood of the industry. While our focus is typically on the science of data – collecting, curating, cleaning, managing and disseminating data – we know there is also an art to making data useful, powerful and insightful. Enjoy our featured articles below or download Exchange for free on your iPhone®, iPad® or Android™ tablet device.

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Back to the Future

Leon Saunders Calvert, global head of Capital Markets & Advisory, and Keith Mullin, International Financing Review editor-at-large discuss the current changes and comebacks within investment banking.

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Reuters’ most popular Instagram photos so far this year

@Reuters on Instagram has nearly a quarter of a million followers and counting, treating viewers to stunning photographs that reflect beauty and diversity from around the world. Instagram followers signal their appreciation of a good image with “likes” and Reuters recently assembled a package to highlight our 20 most liked photos from our Instagram feed in 2015 so far.

Below are the top 5 most liked images; you can view the entire top 20 package here.

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The White House is illuminated in rainbow colors after the historic Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage in Washington June 26, 2015. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

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Gauging the depths of data

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The UK Hydrographic Office has been creating charts (no they are not maps!) of the sea for the last 200 years and in the process has gained the best global coverage and the highest levels of trust amongst its customers – the Royal Navy and merchant shipping. Marine charts have been paper-based for the majority of the last 200 years, each one in the world series having a particular fold, not only suited to the cartography particular to the area of ocean in question, but also to the chart table and chart storage drawers on the ship.

As a newly appointed non-executive director of the UKHO, I could see the parallels between chart creation and financial data management. Both industries are impacted by regulation: the shipping industry has regulations regarding the carriage of up to date charts as part of their obligation towards Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS); and digital charts are now mandated, the regulation being phased by tonnage. Clearly collecting reliable data is important, as is processing it and ensuring the resulting chart is accurate – mariners lives depend on knowing where the rocks are. There are charting acronyms too – “UBO” is an Unidentified Bottom Object – an unidentifiable something at the bottom of the sea.  (more…)

MENA Innovation Lab opened by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed in Dubai

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His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, said that innovation has been established as an effective institutional culture in the Emirate of Dubai and across the UAE to provide the best conditions to encourage innovators in various fields, contributing to enhanced levels of innovation in all sectors.

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan made this observation during the opening of the MENA Innovation Lab, which represents a major step towards activating the Dubai Innovation Partners initiative aimed at improving cooperation with leading companies on innovation in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai the most innovative city in the world.

His Highness said: “Dubai has taken steady steps towards establishing innovation culture as a key driver to achieve development. As part of UAE efforts to be a global center of innovation in line with the National Innovation Strategy, the UAE government is focused on developing national policies and human capabilities to explore innovative solutions to support all segments of the society.”

His Highness added: “We are keen to partner with leading local and international entities to take advantage of the best experiences and practices in the innovation sector. The strategic partnership with Thomson Reuters aims to establish a framework to generate ideas and market them to meet the future goals of Dubai and the UAE.” (more…)

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