At the Aspen Ideas Festival, Steve Clemons, Steve Adler, Ezra Klein, Reena Ninan and Alexis Ohanian discuss the challenges the digital revolution has brought to news organizations.
Today was filled with sessions that explored important and complex topics such as science, the arts, the Republican party, the Middle East, religious pluralism and energy.
In tonight’s session, “Where does Obama Go From Here?” Chrystia Freeland, Reuters digital editor, will join the conversation with other top journalists to discuss the president’s ambitious and complex agenda.
Tomorrow morning, Reuters president and editor-in-chief Stephen J. Adler will join a Knowledge Exchange session underwritten by Thomson Reuters called “You, the Worldwide Leader in News.” Adler will be joined by Alexis Ohanian, Ezra Klein, Steve Clemons and Reena Ninan to discuss new research by Thomson Reuters that has uncovered important insights on how today’s professional is operating in a transformative age.
Monique Villa, CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, will provide her insight and expertise later in the morning as she moderates a paneled discussion, “Women and the Arab Revolutions: Have They Been Helped or Hurt?”
Chris Kibarian, president of our Intellectual Property & Science business, will join the renewable energy conversation by moderating a Knowledge Exchange session titled “Powering Tomorrow” that will showcase a perspective on global warming’s impact on the environment and projected future ramifications.
For a full listing of sessions, click here.
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Reuters has been awarded six Society of Publishers in Asia Awards, our best showing ever in Asia’s most distinguished journalism contest. We were among the most recognized news organizations of the evening, winning two first-prize awards for reporting, two first prizes and one second prize for photography, and a second prize for graphics. This marks the first time in the 15-year history of the SOPA Awards that Reuters has won first prize in a text category, continuing this year’s string of first-ever awards for Reuters. In addition, the Thomson Reuters Foundation received a SOPA Award, winning first prize in the Human Rights Reporting category for Nita Bhalla’s outstanding coverage of women’s rights in India.
Here are the Reuters staff winners: (more…)
By Kendra Book, Thomson Reuters
Remember how you used to pass notes in class? You wrote your note with the recipient’s name on it and hoped that through a chain of middle-men the note would eventually reach its destination. Along the way the note would probably be opened, possibly intercepted by the teacher or could be dropped. Quinn Norton, a panelist at Yale Law School’s ISP Protecting Journalists Conference, says this is a perfect metaphor for the way that the Internet processes and relays your personal information.
Protecting Journalism: Anonymous & Secure Communication for Reporters & Sources, held on November 29 at Yale Law School, was a full-day conference featuring three two-hour panels that discussed the gap between security risks and actual security; faith in anonymous communications and security; and the “tradeoff” between security and usability. Bryan Choi, a Thomson Reuters Fellow at Yale Law School, hosted the event and Marius Bosch, Reuters News deputy general manager for EMEA, responsible for Editorial operations in Africa and for information security globally, was a panelist. (more…)
“…the most time consuming debate was not over the numbers of staff deployed or the costs involved but over the gender of staff assigned.” Chris Cramer of Reuters News and Honorary President, International News Safety Institute quote opened the IWD Event at the Thomson Reuters Canary Wharf offices.
Included as part of his preface for the book “No Woman’s Land,” which was launched that night, set the scene for the debate that flourished over the next 60 minutes. Starting with a silent tribute to the fallen female journalists made the clearest statement on the challenges and demonstrated the potential sacrifice these women and men sometimes make in their commitment to tell the story.
The book and the journalists on the panel, moderated by Lyse Doucet of the BBC, were all there to talk about their experiences, focusing on the safety and challenges for female journalists. Highly topical, with the recent death of Maria Colvin in February this year, the discussion took twists and turns around safety issues for all journalists, along with whether a woman’s role in the frontline of reporting in danger zones was accepted by editorial management and the public in general. The panel included war photographer Kate Brooks, Sky News Head of International News Sarah Whitehead, CNN Presenter Nima Elbagir, Reuters reporter Maria Golovnina and Head of News for BBC World News Andrew Roy.
Most of the panel and the audience started with several comments saying there were no gender issues and stating that the intent was always to send the most appropriate journalist in all cases. However, quickly we heard of situations where female journalists did feel that becoming a mother limited their opportunities to cover certain stories and their career. Gender bias certainly did seem to be an issue in the discussion that followed. There is no doubt it exists widely beyond just journalism and in many cases it is the unconscious bias that is most difficult to detect and address. There remains a view by many in society that a woman’s key role as nurturer should overrule their career ambitions and they should be more responsible than to place themselves in these dangerous situations. We all have a level of unconscious bias and most often we are not even aware of where it came from and how it is impacting us.
Safety however was the key focus. The book was triggered by the shocking assault on CBS News journalist Lara Logan in Egypt in 2011 and tells the stories of over 30 women journalists from more than a dozen countries, including Lara Logan. They describe the risks, the challenges and the emotional and physical impact on their lives and give key safety tips.
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We all know Westlaw is a useful tool for law librarians and attorneys, but you may not know that Westlaw benefits another group – journalists.
As we highlighted in a previous post, with the wealth of information on Westlaw, it’s no wonder Reuters journalists such as Brian Grow use it to help them pursue investigative stories. One example of this is a recent story Brian and fellow journalist Kelly Carr crafted that begins with a small house in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Through their research, they discovered that this 1,700-square-foot house serves as the headquarters for a company called Wyoming Corporate Services. With more than 2,000 companies registered there, Wyoming Corporate Services specializes in establishing shell and “shelf” corporations, which are companies that exist only on paper without assets or operations . Shelf corporations provide a variety of benefits to companies, such as easier access to credit and bidding on contracts. Shell and shelf corporations are not in themselves illegal; however, they are a popular vehicle in the underground economy and have been used to commit fraud on an international scale.
Brian worked with Westlaw contacts Mary Kivimaki and Leah Hauge, both former reference attorneys, to gather research and documentation on the house in Wyoming. He calls Westlaw a “one-stop shop to support a story.”
With only the address in Cheyenne to start with, Brian searched in Westlaw public records databases and found dozens of supporting documents from companies that had been using the house for their shell and shelf companies. With access to this information he and Kelly were able to uncover quite a story. Read the full story here.
Brian says that he has used Westlaw as a resource many times and that it is a growing trend among fellow Reuters reporters. “I can’t overstate how valuable Westlaw is to Reuters journalists,” says Brian.
The way Reuters journalists use Westlaw for research is just one example of how we share our incredible depth of content with different sides of the business. To learn more about another endeavor in which journalists are teaming up with Westlaw, check out our Legal Current blog post on Thomson Reuters News and Insight.