HONG KONG (Reuters) – Think a U.S. IRS tax audit is stressful at home? Try doing it from halfway round the world.
This point was driven home to me at 5 a.m. one recent morning — before my first espresso — as I discussed abstruse sections of the tax code with my auditor.
At the Aspen Ideas Festival this week, I’m on a panel that’ll debate the issue of “How Much Freedom is Enough for China.”
Obviously the crux of the question is defining terms — starting with what is China, and who among its 1.3 billion people are you talking about.
Last night we honored our 2010 Journalists of the Year. What a moving ceremony it was, and I am so proud of the achievements of our winners.
As I look back on 2010, my final full year as Reuters Editor-in-Chief, I’m struck by how journalists and news organizations have been challenged with a steady stream of high-impact, global stories. The 3,000 men and women of Reuters answered those challenges.
How do I trust myself? Let me count the ways…
Global PR group Edelman told the World Economic Forum about its Trust Barometer and said that “Trust” in general had stabilised.
But that’s where the good news for me ended.
My industry, media, had a Trust tumble in the US and UK to small levels of trust never seen before – “How much do you trust media to do what is right?” The US is down to 27% and the UK 22%. Maybe I should try my hand at fiction instead!
A few things struck me from the annual survey of CEOs that PwC (yup, PricewaterhouseCoopers likes big ‘P’, little ‘w’, big ‘C’) released at Davos this year.
The most obvious was that 48 percent said they were “very confident” of growth in the next 12 months – up from 31 percent last year. Pre-crash confidence again!
By David A. Schlesinger
Another year has sped by with more change and economic uncertainty throughout the global markets. From a journalist’s viewpoint, 2010 has been filled with some of the most dynamic and complex stories to cover — the euro zone debt crisis, the U.S. midterm elections, currency wars, heart-warming heroism such as the Chile miners rescue and heart-breaking tragedies like that of the Haiti earthquake.
As a news organization during these turbulent times, Reuters has invested aggressively in transforming our news priorities and coverage tactics to ensure we are meeting the needs of the 21st century professional audience. Our aim is to best understand your workflow — what news you use, when you use it and how we can package and present our stories to best suit your needs.
Below is the keynote speech Editor-in-Chief David Schlesinger delivered today to the International News Safety Institute
Death came screaming out of the sky on July 12, 2007.
Two Apache helicopter gunships operating more than 500 metres away from a group of men fired their 30 mm cannon and that was it.
SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore needs the United States and China to work out their differences to ensure prosperity, its prime minister said on Tuesday.
The city-state of five million people is one of the most open economies in the world. It is heavily reliant on trade and its position as a financial centre driven by Asia’s rapidly growing economies.
Think back a century and news needs and news methods were completely different.
Just think that the first airmail flight between Britain and Hong Kong did not land until 1936. And yet today at my home in London I get a rich and vibrant stream of news, photographs, stories and gossip from Asia into my home via Twitter, Facebook, Google Reader and then all the more long-established methods of journalism. It is a cornucopia.
But the problem with any over-flowing horn is that it is really only scarcity that creates the awareness of value.
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