The Great Debate (India)

Reuters, link economy and the business of journalism

The following is a guest column by Chris Ahearn, President, Media at Thomson Reuters.

Chris AhearnLast summer, I published a blog post that laid out my feelings about the link economy and its positive contribution to the evolution of the business of journalism. One year later, continues to encourage linking to the rich content we offer and even pulling interesting excerpts for discussion in a different forum.

In exchange for that occasional use of our content, we ask others to respect the hard work our journalists put into their craft and in some cases risk their lives in doing so by offering prominent links and attribution.

We encourage bloggers and individuals to use a teaser and perhaps add their own perspective to enhance the online experience. The RSS feeds on are designed to make this easy to do.

What’s your 2010 World Cup team?


Reuters reporters at the World Cup voted for 11 players to make up their team of the 2010 tournament.

Goalkeeper: Richard Kingson (Ghana)
Defenders: Maicon (Brazil), Gerard Pique (Spain), Carles Puyol (Spain), Philipp Lahm (Germany)
Midfielders: Xavi (Spain), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany), Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands), Andres Iniesta (Spain)
Strikers: Diego Forlan (Uruguay), David Villa (Spain)

Who will win the World Cup?


World CupFavourites Brazil were sensationally dumped out of the World Cup by the Netherlands in the biggest shock of the tournament.

While British bookmaker Ladbrokes have Spain as the favourite, the Dutch, who have never won soccer’s biggest tournament despite their long-admired style, will now fancy their chances of taking home the 2010 trophy.

Air India strike leaves passengers stranded


Air India air hostesses sit outside the domestic airport as part of a strike in New Delhi May 25, 2010. REUTERS/Adnan AbidiA strike at Air India, the country’s beleaguered national carrier, dragged into its second day on Wednesday and forced many flight cancellations.

At least 13,000 passengers were stranded because of the strike called by Air India’s ground and technical staff who said they were protesting against a company “gag” order on union leaders speaking to reporters about last week’s plane crash in Mangalore.

from For the Record:

A is for abattoir; Z is for ZULU: All in the Handbook of Journalism

dean-150Dean Wright is Global Editor, Ethics, Innovation and News Standards. Any opinions are his own.

The first entry is abattoir (not abbatoir); the last is ZULU (a term used by Western military forces to mean GMT).

from For the Record:

Counting quality — not characters — in social media

dean-150Dean Wright is Global Editor, Ethics, Innovation and News Standards. Any opinions are his own.

Are we too connected?

In recent days and weeks I’ve been wondering if our mobile phones, Blackberries, text messaging and constant access to email and social media have brought us too close together for our own good.