2012 Presidential Election

A conversation with Nate Silver on sports and big data

Nate Silver

“We’re trying to find the best burrito in the U.S.”

At first I wasn’t sure if he was serious. But as he elaborated on his plan to send a correspondent across the country in search of delicious Mexican food, I became even more intrigued about what Nate Silver and the new FiveThirtyEight will have to offer. It was readily apparent that versatility of coverage and high quality content would be two important staples for the much-anticipated site.

As part of our Super Bowl program, we recently hosted an exclusive customer event in our New York offices featuring acclaimed blogger, statistician and best selling author, Nate Silver and Executive Editor of Reuters Digital, Dan Colarusso, in conversation about sports and big data. The discussion started, naturally, with a look back at how Silver entered the spotlight. Disinterested and under-challenged with his early work, he built a baseball-forecasting model (PECOTA), which he eventually sold to Baseball Prospectus. Although baseball is clearly a passion of Silver’s, his skills extend far beyond America’s pastime. (more…)

Nate Silver on elections, economics, sports and poker at the Aspen Ideas Festival

The first day of the 2013 Aspen Ideas Festival featured a session underwritten by Thomson Reuters with Katie Couric interviewing columnist, statistician, and prognosticator Nate Silver.

In the age of unlimited information and data, 24-hour news channels featuring political pundits, data driven journalism, and citizen journalists and prognosticators, Silver’s FiveThirtyEight.com is the only source to have correctly predicted the outcomes of the 2012 and 2008 elections. The session posed the question, “Why are you the only one who got the election right?”

Our Times Square screens stole the show during the U.S. Presidential election

Times Square

For the second time, ABC News used our outdoor screens in New York’s Times Square as a backdrop to their national broadcast of Election Night. Giving the crowds in Times Square and the National TV audience up to second results via our sign API. Our new high-resolution screens displayed live data in Times Square with 3 Times Square office appeared dead center between the presenters in the ABC’s TV broadcast of the highly anticipated election results that saw Obama win his next term in office.

The screens used real-time data feeds to display the election results in all their glory (as the videos below show). This was also the first time that high definition video was used on our screens and broadcast across the U.S. ABC News also gained use of our NASDAQ screen on the south end of Times Square giving them a whopping 20,000 square foot of digital signage across Times Square.

Dave Jenssen, vice president of Reuters signage, said: “It’s a great example of what can be achieved with our outdoor screens. The coverage and visuals were fantastic and seeing data displayed live on the screens is very exciting.

Behind the scenes (more…)

2012 Newsmakers – graphic of the day

2012, like any other year, took us through a roller coaster of emotions. It was a year that saw revolution, war, natural disasters and tragedy. But it also took us to new heights, reaffirmed current leaders and gave us a few new ones. What was your most memorable moment of 2012? If there is one thing that took place this year, that people will be talking about 50 years from now, what do you think it will be?


Obama’s mandate

Rob Cox and Breakingviews columnists discuss the challenges and priorities of the president’s second term, including fiscal reform, the economy and immigration.

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U.S. Presidential election – graphic of the day

Today is election day in the United States. The graphic below provides some basic information about both candidates. You can follow all the 2012 election coverage on the Reuters election site.

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The Michael Lewis interview – Impact Players

Michael Lewis on his exclusive with President Barack Obama in Vanity Fair. Lewis tells Impact Players host Robert Wolf what makes Obama tick and how Goldman Sachs played a role in Europe’s financial crisis. The author of “Moneyball” and “Boomerang” also says the thought of a CEO being president would be disastrous.

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Impact Players – DNC

Democratic leaders including Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Obama economic advisor Austan Goolsbee tell Robert Wolf that the economy has made significant progress since President Obama took office. In a Google+ Hangout, the two and other party officials also talk healthcare and women’s issues with the Reuters TV Impact Players host.


Picture of the day – 9/5/12

U.S. first lady Obama waves before addressing first session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte

Today’s photo shows first lady Michelle Obama waving at the crowd before addressing the first session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. You can follow everything happening at the DNC on the Reuters live blog or at the election landing page.

See some more of our Reuters Pictures, other pictures from the Democratic National Convention, and our Editor’s Choice photos.

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Conserve or drill?

Antony Currie and Christopher Swann discuss the relative merits and shortfalls of President Obama’s and Mitt Romney’s ideas for cutting U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

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