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  • NEWS THOMSON REUTERS NAMED 'BEST SELL SIDE DATA PROVIDER'

  • NEWS REUTERS JOURNALISTS WIN PULITZER PRIZE

  • NEWS OBITUARY: PATRICK SEALE

  • NEWS JERRY NORTON BURIED WITH MILITARY HONOURS AT ARLINGTON

  • NEWS OBITUARY: THOMAS MICHAEL CLANCY

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WEDNESDAY 16 APRIL 2014
Thomson Reuters said on Wednesday it has been recognised as Best Data Provider to the Sell Side at the Sell-Side Technology Awards 2014. The awards are designed to highlight leading technologies and third party providers to the sell side and are voted on by a panel of judges made up of senior sell-side professionals and Waters magazine staff.
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Thomson Reuters was recognised for its expansion of the breadth and depth of data available to customers, as well as the innovative enhancements it has made around search, data analysis and ease of use across its products – across asset classes and in specific areas of foreign exchange, commodities and equities.

The award in particular highlights the addition of new search capabilities into Eikon, its flagship desktop offering, alongside social media and news sentiment monitoring tools. It also reflects developments made over the last year to Elektron, Thomson Reuters suite of trading and data propositions. These include the expansion of the global Elektron hosting footprint in Asia Pacific and the addition of a tool providing increased insight into benchmark submissions and contributed data.

“We are honoured to have been recognised for our innovation and our drive to bring the most valuable data and analytics to our customers," said
Peter Moss, managing director, Financial, Thomson Reuters. “Thomson Reuters remains committed to providing our customers with actionable insight delivered in a fast, intuitive way.”

“The Sell-Side Technology Awards are designed to acknowledge and reward those companies that provide significant benefits to their end-users and the industry as a whole,” said Victor Anderson, editor-in-chief of
Waters magazine and Waters Technology. “Thomson Reuters has a long heritage in this area and continues to demonstrate its commitment to bringing the latest technology innovations to its customers, particularly when it comes to providing a broad range of industry-leading data, for which this award is so well deserved.”
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MONDAY 14 APRIL 2014
Two Reuters journalists have won this year’s Pulitzer Prize for distinguished international reporting. The $10,000 prize is shared by Jason Szep and Andrew R C Marshall “for their courageous reports on the violent persecution of the Rohingya, a Muslim minority in Myanmar that, in efforts to flee the country, often falls victim to predatory human-trafficking networks”.
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“We are immensely proud of Jason, Andrew and team for their outstanding work,” said editor-in-chief Stephen Adler. “I’m especially delighted that we won our first text Pulitzer for the kind of journalism that reflects many of Reuters core strengths: on the ground reporting, rigorous attention to fact and fairness, great knowledge of the region and the topic drawn from years of reporting experience in the field, brilliant visual components, and courage and tenacity.”

Reuters was also recognised as a finalist in two additional categories. A series by Megan Twohey which exposed the underground market for adopted children was named a finalist in the investigative reporting category and Goran Tomasevic was named a finalist in the breaking news photography category for a series of photographs documenting frontline combat in Syria.

“Winning a Pulitzer Prize for this important work is a testament to the dedication of our journalists around the world,” said James Smith, chief executive officer of Thomson Reuters. “This recognition reflects the total professionalism we strive to deliver in everything that we do across our organization. We are tremendously proud of Jason, Andrew, Megan and Goran and congratulate them on the bravery, brilliance and compassion of their work.”

Szep, an American, has been a Reuters correspondent, bureau chief and editor since 1990. His postings have been to Toronto, Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, Boston and Bangkok where he was Southeast Asia bureau chief overseeing text, pictures and television news operations across 10 countries. Last month he was appointed international affairs editor in Reuters’ Washington bureau.

Marshall, who is British, joined Reuters in January 2012 as special correspondent, Thailand and Indochina. Previously, he explored Asia’s remotest regions for TIME and other magazines and newspapers worldwide. He lives in Bangkok.

It is the first time Reuters has won a Pulitzer – the world’s most prestigious journalism prize – for text. Reuters’ first Pulitzer was won in 2008 by Pakistan-born photographer Adrees Latif for breaking news photography. It was awarded for a dramatic photograph of a Japanese videographer, sprawled on the pavement, fatally wounded during a street demonstration in Myanmar. Latif was based in Bangkok at the time.
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MONDAY 14 APRIL 2014
Patrick Seale, pictured, a distinguished Reuter correspondent and historian, died in London on 11 April, aged 83.
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Seale, who was the first specialist economic correspondent assigned abroad by Reuters, joined Reuters Economic Services from Oxford University in 1954 and was assigned to Paris, Michael Nelson writes.

His meeting with
Harold King, the terrifying chief representative in Paris, on his first day was notable. He so impressed King that he invited him to dinner that evening. Seale declined because of a previous engagement. King was furious. “So who are you having dinner with who is more important than Reuters chief representative for France”, stormed King. “The Rothschilds,” was the reply.

Seale was transferred to the European desk in London, but soon left (in 1959) to return to Oxford, where he pursued studies on the Middle East. They led to a succession of distinguished books, particularly on Syria, which culminated in Oxford bestowing a doctorate on him. Seale had spent most of the first 15 years of his life in Syria, where his father was a Christian missionary.

He joined the London Sunday newspaper, The Observer, and overlapped in Beirut with the notorious spy, Kim Philby, about whom he later wrote a book, Philby, The Long Road to Moscow.

Seale showed his versatility by setting up an art dealership and literary agency.

He married twice: Lamorna Heath in 1971, who died in 1978, mother of Orlando and Delilah, and Rana Kabbani, a Syrian, mother of Alexander and Yasmine.
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MONDAY 14 APRIL 2014
On a clear, cool and bright spring morning, when Washington’s cherry blossoms were at their peak, dozens of family and friends gathered to memorialise former Reuters colleague Jerry Norton on Friday at Arlington National Cemetery, one of America’s most revered places, writes Greg McCune.
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The 30-minute ceremony in Section 60 of the famous cemetery, which is located on what was once the estate of Civil War Confederate General Robert E. Lee, was led by a military chaplain who spoke of Norton’s valour in serving his country, and read scripture passages.

“You cannot buy your way into this hallowed ground,” he said to the mourners, led by Norton’s wife Kim and son Michael. “You have to earn it.”

Surrounded by a sea of white tombstones, a seven-member rifle squad fired the traditional 21-gun salute, and a lone bugler intoned “Taps”. Then a Marine honour guard holding an American flag carefully folded it into a triangle and presented it to Kim.

Army Specialist Norton earned the right to be interred at Arlington because of his service in the Vietnam War, for which he was awarded the Purple Heart after being wounded during a mortar attack at Song Be. Kim said he dived out of a window during the rocket attack to save his life. He was hit with shrapnel in his shoulder, wrist and back, and a piece was lodged in his arm for the rest of his life.

Typical of self-effacing Norton, he never mentioned to some of his friends that he had been wounded in battle and won the Purple Heart, as well as other commendations. Kim said he kept the medals in a drawer and when she asked about them, he mumbled something and put them away.

Several family and friends remarked about this humility and reticence during a reception at the National Press Club that followed the solemn graveside ceremony. Friends and family remembered Norton as a father, brother, uncle, friend and journalist – including comments from former Reuters colleagues
Peter Bohan, Greg McCune and Brian Bain.

Norton died at age 67 in December after an inoperable brain tumour was discovered within months of his retirement from Reuters in 2011. Several people who spoke at the reception remarked how he had been taken from them too soon.

He served in the US Army from 1968 to 1970 including a one year tour in Vietnam and was first assigned to an artillery unit, where he sustained the injuries. His great Army friend Terry Turner was not able to be at the memorial, but wrote that he believed both their lives were saved because they could type, which qualified them to be assigned to public information units. Norton became editor of the division magazine, a coveted post because it involved a 30-day trip to Tokyo to assemble and print the magazine.

Such was Norton’s devotion to fairness and balance in journalism that many of his colleagues at Reuters never knew of his avowedly libertarian political views, or that he had once run for the Virginia legislature as a Republican. He won the primary but lost the general election in a heavily Democratic district. He also worked for the conservative group Young Americans for Freedom both after leaving the Army and again after he retired from Reuters.

Journalism took him back to Asia where he would work for Unicom, the
South China Morning Post and then Reuters. In Asia, he also met and married Kim, who was born and raised in Vietnam.

He joined Reuters in 1986 as a filing editor at then regional headquarters in Hong Kong, and over a 25 year career was news editor in Japan, bureau chief in Singapore and Indonesia, deputy desk editor and deputy political and general news editor for Asia. He returned to Washington in 2010, where he worked for the startup Reuters America service aiming to compete with AP. He retired at the end of 2011.

Peter Bohan, the Singapore bureau chief before Norton, and his last supervisor before Norton retired, spoke of the important part he played in launching a new service in the United States in 2010 and how he quietly mentored journalists and stringers.

Brian Bain noted how Norton distinguished himself covering and directing the coverage of some of the biggest stories in Asia over the last 20 years including the Indian Ocean tsunami and the Bali bombing.

Bain read out comments from colleagues who had worked with Norton in Asia including
Kim Coghill, Tony Winning, Rodney Pinder and Eric Hall.

“The frequent and controlled, curved smile could have meant a few things, but the crow’s feet at the corner of the glistening eyes always told you that Jerry Norton was on your side, if you wanted him to be,” Bain read from a note written by Hall, a longtime colleague of Norton. “Perhaps Jerry would not mind if we said he was a great American, with all the values and disciplines that phrase imparts in the best sense,” Hall wrote.
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FRIDAY 11 APRIL 2014
Thomas Michael (Mike) Clancy, bright, red-haired, full of life and laughter, who overcame Spina Bifida to become a superior journalist for Reuters, died of cancer on Tuesday, Mike Rhea writes. His death came the same day a diagnosis showed the cancer had returned and spread to his liver. He was 64.
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Thomas Michael (Mike) Clancy, bright, red-haired, full of life and laughter, who overcame Spina Bifida to become a superior journalist for Reuters, died of cancer on Tuesday, Mike Rhea writes. His death came the same day a diagnosis showed the cancer had returned and spread to his liver. He was 64.

He spent more than 20 years on the Americas Desk in New York and Washington before he retired on disability about 2003. During his time with Reuters he spent three years as a bureau chief in Dallas. At one point he was mentioned by name on the David Letterman TV show for tracking down a man who put on a gorilla suit and gave away $100 bills.

At the end he could not overcome his back problems enough to improve copy in a chair for a full shift.

During his youth he wrestled in high school and learned auto mechanics as he worked at a service station and garage while completing his studies at the University of Connecticut. He also earned a master’s degree from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University.

His death was met with shock by his former colleagues. “I am devastated,” said veteran Reuters hand
Lito Katigbak. “Mike Clancy will be missed by many of us. May he rest in peace.”

“I had tried to track him down even before I retired a few years ago,” wrote
Mike Conlon. “We had shared more than one trench together, and I was always joyed when he showed up. Yes, life is short. It was far too short for Mike.”

Clancy’s father was Coast Guard Master Chief Tom Clancy. He brought his sons, Mike and his late brother, Patrick, up hard, according to Mike. That determined approach was part of his journalism style. However, in his most serious moments, a “twinkle” lurked underneath, indicating the light-hearted Irishman waiting for a joke, a laugh, a beer or all three.

Survivors include his widow, Donna Mae; his son, Thomas West Clancy, his daughter, Breece Mae Clancy, his mother, Charlene, his sister, Peggy Cost, nieces and nephews. Services will be at the Pumphrey Funeral Home in Rockville, Maryland, at noon on Tuesday. Friends will mingle at noon, and a memorial service will begin at 1:00 pm.


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