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Stephen Adler Moves To Editor-In-Chief At Reuters News

After less than a year serving as SVP and editorial director of the company’s professional division, Stephen Adler has been named editor-in-chief of Reuters News. In his new role Adler will oversee the publishing process as Reuters plans to roll out more investigative, longform, and opinionated content. Adler will replace David Schlesinger who is moving on to become chairman of Thomson Reuters China. Prior to joining Reuters, Adler spent five years as editor-in-chief of Businessweek and left that role following its sale to Bloomberg LP.

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Reuters Mocks Hedge Fund Gossip

thomson11 reuters.jpgEarlier today we published a story from the Carolina Business News Initiative’s blog Talking News Biz regarding Reuters killing an investigative piece about hedge-funder Steven Cohen.

In response to flurry of coverage and subsequent internal backlash, Reuters employees were all forwarded this pithy little transcript written by News Editor Jack Reerink which imagined the conversation between himself, Cohen, Reuters’ editor in chief David Schlesinger, and company executive Devin Wenig.

Full memo below.

Read More: Reuters global company news editor mocks furor over killed story –Talking Biz News

Previously: Reuters Editor Responds To Complaints

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Reuters Editor Responds To Complaints

thomson reuters.jpgAccording to a December 21 blog post by Talking Biz News, Reuters killed a story last month investigating hedge fund executive Steven Cohen after Cohen complained to top brass at the newswire.

Reuters editor-in-chief David Schlesinger addressed this issue, among others, in a phone call to employees yesterday, the business journalism blog reported:

“It’s absolutely true that the fact that someone called [Reuters exec] Devin [Wenig] is why I got involved…Editors make judgments. You might not always agree with those judgments, and that’s fine. If you disagree with those judgments, then come to me. Keep it within editorial, and don’t go running to a blog.”

Employees evidently did not heed Schlesinger’s advice as the call was immediately reported back to Talking Biz News, which in turn ran two items on the employees-only phone call.

Read More: Reuters kills hedge fund story after pressure –Talking Biz News

Reuters editor in chief’s regular staff call focuses on killed story –Talking Biz News

Reuters editor in chief: We take all complaints seriously –Talking Biz News

Reuters Redesigns Web Site For Digital Audience

reuters5.jpgLast night, Thomson Reuters launched a new version of their Web site with a more user-friendly interface and sleek design approach.

According to a statement on the site by Reuters editor-in-chief David Schlesinger:

“This site is for you; we want it to be your ticket to a wealth of news, information, and analysis presented in a cutting-edge format, including text, video, pictures, graphics, user interaction, and personalization features (try the new toolbar at the bottom of every page).”

And he’s not lying: the new front page offers a hundred different starting points into the site, including tag clouds (that’s how you know a site is web 2.0). Reuters is also working on developing apps for smartphones and wireless devices, so that the news org will be up to speed with the digital age right after it’s finished cutting 240 employees from its legal department.

Compare and contrast the old and new Reuters’ homepage, after the jump.

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Former BusinessWeek Editor Adler Finds A New Home At Reuters

westlaw.jpgThompson Reuters announced today that departed BusinessWeek editor Stephen Adler is joining the media company in the newly created position of senior vice president and editorial director of its Professional division.

The Professional division of Thompson Reuters, which includes the company’s Westlaw legal database as well as research and info for tax, healthcare and science professionals, is separate from its newswire division. However, the company was quick to add that Adler would “play a central role in helping to leverage editorial content across the organization,” and will serve as a member of Reuters News editor-in-chief David Schlesinger‘s “leadership team.”

Adler announced he would be stepping down as editor-in-chief of BusinessWeek shortly after Bloomberg LP acquired the business mag. Adler joined BusinessWeek in 2004 from The Wall Street Journal. He also formerly worked as an editor at The American Lawyer magazine and holds a JD from Harvard Law School, no doubt giving him plenty of experience with Westlaw.

Full release after the jump

Previously: BusinessWeek Editor Adler Heads For The Door

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Reuters Makes Journalism Handbook Available To The Public

Reuters Logo.JPGFor the first time ever, Reuters is making its “Handbook of Journalism” available to the public. So, if you’re looking for some interesting weekend reading or a peek into the international newswire’s journalistic ethics and rules, it’s worth a read.

As Reuters’ global editor of ethics, innovation and news standards Dean Wright points out, some of the wire’s standards in the United States vary from those that apply to its work published abroad.

“We take a global approach to the spelling of many words. Often, it’s the United States against the world,” Wright said. “For instance, our preferred style is ‘artefact,’ except in the U.S., where it’s artifact. Same goes for axe and axeing — our standards for most of the world — which become ax and axing in the U.S. There’s also ‘backwards,’ which loses its ‘s’ in American stories, and ‘leukaemia,’ which loses that first ‘a’ in the U.S. There’s plenty more: tyre and tire, titbit and tidbit, and defence and defense.”

Another interesting topic explored by the handbook is Reuters’ take on terrorism. The newswire tends to err on the side of caution, in order to maintain its standards of unbiased, “dispassionate language.” Reuters’ refusal to call certain people referenced in articles “terrorists” has raised controversy and debate in recent years, but the wire is sticking to its principles.

“Over the years we have been criticized for this policy on numerous occasions, when people or governments wanted us to label an incident ourselves rather than quote their views,” Reuters Editor-in-Chief David Schlesinger told Wright. “Criticism of our policy was especially fierce when the United States was attacked on Sept. 11, 2001. Reuters made the decision not to describe the attackers as terrorists, because we thought a label would not add to our vivid description of the thousands of deaths and the destruction of the iconic twin towers of the World Trade Center. In the years since, as the world has witnessed numerous other attacks, we’ve chosen to continue that policy of sticking with the facts and letting our readers make up their own minds based on our reporting and the evidence we present them.”

Reuters opened up its handbook for the public so that it would be more transparent, and we welcome this sort of transparency. Plus, it’s a pretty interesting read.