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  • NEWS NEW EDITOR-IN-CHARGE JOINS REUTERS WEBSITE

  • NEWS FUN INTERNET STUFF DIED WITH REUTERS NEXT - FELIX SALMON

  • NEWS REUTERS STANDS BY ROHINGYA REFUGEES STORY

  • NEWS OBITUARY: DEBRA SHERMAN

  • NEWS BLOGGER LEAVES REUTERS 'TO DO EXCITING THINGS ON THE INTERNET'

  • PEOPLE DINOSAURS GO BACK TO SCHOOL

  • EDITORIAL VALUE AND VALUES

  • COMMENTARY GAUGING BLOOMBERG'S CHINA 'RETHINK'

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THURSDAY 24 APRIL 2014
Reuters on Thursday revealed plans for more graphics, data and multi-media content in the opinion section of its website with the addition of a new editor-in-charge. He is Jason Fields, pictured, who will join Reuters.com on 5 May.
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Dan Colarusso, executive editor of Reuters Digital, said in a message to staff that Fields “has compelling plans for the section, including the addition of more graphic-rich, data-driven and multi-media content as we push toward a thoroughly modern online commentary offering”.

He added: “In Jason, we’re bringing on an editor with leadership experience across various content types and media companies.” Over the last two decades he had worked at publications including
The New York Times, The Washington Post and was the editor of the Pulitzer prize-winning Riverdale Press. For five years he was senior multi-media producer at the Associated Press.

“I’ve known Jason personally for a few years and have found him to be smart, forward-thinking and of the highest integrity. I think his addition will help the entire Reuters.com operation,” Colarusso added.
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WEDNESDAY 23 APRIL 2014
When Reuters killed off a multi-million dollar next-generation web project last year for exceeding budgets and missing deadlines, blogger Felix Salmon lost his reason to stay.
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Terminating work on Reuters Next, a news operation aimed at the consumer market, was one of the first actions of Andrew Rashbass, who had only recently joined as Reuters chief executive from The Economist group, where he had led a successful print-to-online strategy.

It was one reason why Salmon left Reuters after five years, he said in an interview on Wednesday, two days after announcing his departure “to do exciting things on the Internet”.

Salmon, 42, told
The New York Times that, though he still believes Reuters does impeccable journalism, “when Reuters Next died, my opportunity to do fun Internet stuff died with it”.

Salmon said he will join the cable network Fusion as senior editor on Monday in a web-based role that runs across multiple media. Fusion is aimed at a younger audience, with “animations, videos, data visualization stuff, ways of using other platforms to convey information and tell stories”.

“The reason why I am going to Fusion is that they have the ability to help me communicate in the ways that people are going to consume information in the future. Which is not 1,500-word blocks of text.”

Freed from the constraints of having to attract people directly to a website, he said, “you can have a lot of fun”.
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WEDNESDAY 23 APRIL 2014
Reuters has pledged to stand by a story on Rohingya refugees from Burma which is at the centre of a complaint by the Thai Navy.
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David Crundwell, pictured, Reuters corporate affairs vice-president, said in an e-mail that “we’re aware that a captain in the navy filed a criminal complaint against Reuters and two Reuters journalists, Stuart Grudgings and Jason Szep, arising out of the Rohingya coverage, and that the complaint alleges violations of the Computer Crimes Act”.

Crundwell told the
Bangkok Post that, if necessary, Reuters would vigorously defend its story, along with its right to publish. “Based on our understanding, the complaint is under review by the authorities, but we have not been charged. If necessary we will defend our story, along with our right to publish, vigorously (when charged),” he said.

The Thai Navy filed complaints against two online media journalists in the resort town of Phuket – Alan Morison, an Australian, and Chutima Sidasthien, who is Thai – last October. They have been charged with defaming the Thai Navy after publishing on the Phuketwan news website a paragraph from a story that was part of Reuters’ Pulitzer Prize-winning series on human trafficking of refugees from Burma. The Reuters story was part of a series that won journalists Szep and
Andrew R C Marshall a Pulitzer last week. It accused naval officers of involvement in the smuggling of Rohingya migrants into Thailand.

“We stand by the fairness and accuracy of our Rohingya coverage,” Crundwell said. He told the
Bangkok Post: “To be very clear, although we are not involved in the case against Phuketwan, Reuters wholeheartedly supports a free press, and the rights of journalists across the world to publish news and information without fear or hindrance in reporting the truth.”
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WEDNESDAY 23 APRIL 2014
Debra Sherman, who covered healthcare in the United States for Reuters and worked in London bureau in the mid-1990s, died in Chicago on Tuesday after battling lung cancer for more than a year. She was 51.
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Editor-in-chief Stephen Adler, announcing her passing, described her as a much beloved and admired colleague and said: “Deb’s signature mix of humor and moxie made her a fierce reporter and wonderful friend to so many of her colleagues around the world. She covered healthcare for more than a decade, breaking news on the medical device industry and writing considered pieces on such subjects as the rising financial toll posed by a cancer diagnosis.

“After learning of her own illness, she employed that expertise in fighting the disease and imparting to readers honest accounts of her experience. Her ‘Cancer in Context’ blog attracted a wide following among oncologists, cancer patients and their loved ones.”

Her posts blended a critical look at new studies on cancer and suggestions on how to navigate treatment. She also talked about how her disease affected her relationships with friends and family, including her two children, Alex and Stella. It also attracted the notice of an Irish documentary filmmaker, who interviewed her for a work in progress.

“It is hard for all of us to imagine the passing of a woman who was the personification of life and good spirits. Deb, who was 51, remained ‘loving and strong to the end,’ her husband Mark said. Deb is survived by her two children. The family is planning no memorial service or funeral, but would like to throw a party after a period of time. Anyone who knew Deb knows that she’d agree with that approach.”

In Sherman’s memory, Reuters re-published an excerpt from her inaugural post that Adler said spoke to her bravery and spirit. It said:

“If there has been an upside to this dreaded disease it is that people are so kind when they find out I have cancer, even nicer than when I was pregnant with my two children. Loved ones seem to love me more, or tell me so more often. Everyone wants to do things for me and offer help. The love has come from some unexpected people and warms my heart in indescribable ways. At times, the outpouring feels as if it could actually cure me.”
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MONDAY 21 APRIL 2014
Felix Salmon, a finance and news media blogger who became one of the first opinion writers to join Reuters five years ago, is leaving “to do exciting things on the Internet”.
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The New York Times said he gave the news in an e-mail to colleagues. Reached by phone on Monday, Salmon declined to release details of his new job, it said.

Salmon, 42, began his career with the first wave of web journalists, in 1999, and joined Reuters in 2009 from Condé Nast’s short-lived financial publication Portfolio, according to a biography he posted on his Reuters blog.

The Times said he was seen as a key player in Reuters’ strategy, known as Reuters Next, to build a consumer-directed news operation to go with its news wires and financial terminals. “That plan was scuttled last year after the company’s chief executive [Andrew Rashbass] said it had missed deadlines and exceeded budgets.”

The move prompted several executives to leave, including
Jim Roberts, then executive editor of Reuters Digital.
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