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Alan Gersten

Business journalist Gersten has died


Alan Gersten, a longtime business journalist who had been working for Reuters for the past eight years, died March 17 from leukemia.

Gersten was also maritime editor of the Journal of Commerce and business editor of the Rocky Mountain News from 1979 to 1985. At Reuters, he was a Latin America correspondent.

It was at the News that Gersten won a Gerald Loeb Award, considered the Pulitzer Prizes of business journalism, for columns/editorials for an investment series called “Gambling with Someone Else’s Money.”

Gersten was also the author of “A Conspiracy of Indifference: The Raoul Wallenberg story.” As a Jew, Gersten knew about Wallenberg and his heroic deeds in wartime Hungary. In 1994, he met some lawyers involved in a law case related to Wallenberg. This was an effort to free the Hero of the Holocaust via the courts.

For Gersten, that started a seven-year quest to write a book about Wallenberg. This involved going through thousands of records in Washington, the Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park, New York, trips to Chicago to talk to key participants in the narrative as well as telephone calls to Sweden and Switzerland.

Gersten went through the Knight-Bagehot program at Columbia University. He also had an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois.

“Alan will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him,” said Terri Thompson, who runs the Knight-Bagehot program at Columbia. “As a model business journalist, he mentored young reporters, and as an alumnus of the Knight-Bagehot Program, he contributed generously to the profession. Dedicated to his wife, Marjorie, he is one of the nicest guys I’ve ever known.”

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Reuters seeks emerging markets reporter in London


Reuters is looking for an energetic, sharp and insightful correspondent to work as part of our London-based emerging markets team at a fascinating juncture for developing economies and markets worldwide — from Moscow to Istanbul, Lagos to Jo’burg, Caracas to Bangkok.

The four-person emerging markets unit forms a key part of financial markets coverage in EMEA. It requires extensive source building and intelligence gathering among a specialist investment community in London and other key centres as well as successful liaison with our bureau network and the coverage of long lines of visiting newsmakers.

The ideal candidate will have excellent markets knowledge, be a fluent writer and have a broad grasp of international investment and politics. Critical will be the ability to work selflessly within a small, busy team in London and correspondents worldwide.

Key duties will include:
- Sharing the daily emerging markets report
- Monitoring and alerting newsworthy developments in often opaque markets
- Sharing coverage of visiting newsmakers and live events
- Building senior sources at top investment houses
- Helping organize our annual investment summit
- Taking ownership of sovereign investors as a key area of coverage and contributing to our monthly asset allocation poll.

The successful candidate will contribute to a file that stands out as a must-read for international money managers and traders as well as resonating for non-specialists and the wider public.

Duties will include breaking market and spot news, initiative reporting and analysis, data gathering and mining and inventive work with graphics. The correspondent will report to the chief emerging markets correspondent.

To apply, go here.


Distributor to stop providing econ data only through Reuters


The distributor of a leading manufacturing index is eliminating a trading advantage some investors currently enjoy by ending the selective early release of the data only through Reuters, reports Brody Mullins of The Wall Street Journal.

Mullins writes, “Markit’s purchasing managers index, or PMI, was previously distributed by Thomson Reuters Corp., which gave the results of the business surveys to investors and other high-paying clients two minutes before they were released to the general public.

“Under the new arrangement, Bloomberg LP and Thomson Reuters will be the primary distributors of the economic data and both will make the information public at the same time.

“Markit produces dozens of economic surveys from more than 30 countries, including the U.S. The data is closely followed by traders because it is considered to be an early indication of developments in the retail and factory sectors, two areas that can move markets substantially.”

Read more here.

Frank Tantillo

Tantillo named ME for Reuters.com


Dan Colarusso, the executive editor for digital at Reuters, sent out the following staff announcement on Thursday:

I am pleased to announce that Frank Tantillo is being named Managing Editor, Product, Reuters.com.

Frank is a veteran Reuters journalist and trusted voice in the newsroom. He joined the company as a news assistant in 1994 and quickly became the kid in the newsroom who knew how to both find things on the then-new Internet and how to explain to the old-timers how it worked. He’s been intimately involved with the training and implementation of major editorial systems and moved over to Reuters.com in 2005 as one of its first hires.

He has been our go-to guy since.

In his new position, he will be among the key editorial voices in product development and technology changes on Reuters.com, working closely with Brian Tracey. He will be responsible for developing ideas around new sections, user experience features and multimedia/data innovation and troubleshooting technology issues relating to editorial workflows.

Please join me in congratulating Frank.

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Reuters hires energy markets editor, names deputy commodities editor


Jonathan Leff, global editor for commodities at Reuters, sent out the following staff hire announcement on Wednesday:

I’m very excited to make two important appointments that will round out the leadership of the commodities and energy news file in the Americas.

I am thrilled to announce that Jessica Resnick-Ault will be joining Reuters as Energy Markets Editor in Charge in New York, leading our coverage of the oil and gas markets at a time of enormous change. While a newcomer to Reuters, Jessica is no stranger to the rough and tumble world of arbitrage and absolute returns, having covered both the trading industry and the energy sector from Houston and New York for Dow Jones and, over the past five years, Bloomberg. As a reporter, editor and, most recently, a newsletter publisher, she has brought expert insight, savvy news judgment and deep sourcing to everything she does. I very much look forward to having her on the team, taking our coverage to new heights. She will join us from May.

The incomparable Josephine Mason is named Deputy Editor in Charge of Commodities for the region, taking on additional responsibilities to edit, guide and direct our coverage alongside her outstanding work with the NY commodities team. While metals may always remain her first true love, Jo has brought energy, enthusiasm and unerring news judgment to every part of the energy and raw materials file, and will now share her passion across the region. She will be routinely deputizing for me in the future, and will also take on other certain regional responsibilities, including driving better use of the Newsplanner tool. She steps into this role with immediate effect.

Jo and Jessica will be working closely together with the other journalists who are driving our regional coverage, including Ros Krasny in Washington, Terry Wade in Houston and Jo Winterbottom, who takes up her role leading the Chicago commodities file later this month.

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Reuters seeks correspondent in Tokyo

Reuters is seeking a reporter who can take responsibility for providing stories, deal analysis, pipelines and special feature in the debt capital market. This job includes delivering the news, collecting comments from the market and supporting the special event.

- Has responsibility for collecting data and comments for the new issues in the bond capital market. Collecting information includes terms and conditions, new issuance lists, rating actions, shelf registration and so on. Soon after creating the new data, the reporter starts collecting comments from the market and delivers the deal analysis as the DealWatch news.
- Provide the pipelines, the market analysis, and special feature.
- Support for the special event (DealWatch Awards)
- Establish good relationship with the market such as bankers, traders, and investors.To apply, go here.

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Reuters seeks economics editor in Singapore


Reuters is seeking a top-flight editor to drive the regional economics file from the fastest-growing region in the world.

The successful candidate for this high-profile role will be an idea generator, working with journalists across Asia to produce an economics file that stands out from that of competitors. He or she will strive for excellence, looking for smart angles and sharp context to show a global readership why they should care. Strong news judgment is a must and a sophisticated understanding of the subject is essential to make sure our coverage teases out the angles clients want and need to know about.

The chosen candidate should be an excellent writer and editor, able to lead and inspire a far-flung group of journalists to produce an agenda-setting file. Economics is a highly competitive and commoditized subject, so it is essential the Economics Editor can find new ways to tell this important story, whether focused on China’s mounting debt, Japan’s “Abenomics” phenomenon, or regional minnows such as Taiwan.

The Economics Editor, Asia, will report to the Asia Editor and will be a key member of a senior news team shaping the regional and global file, so the ideal candidate must be a driven newsroom leader with a proven ability to develop and execute strategy working closely with a wider team.

- Proven excellence in writing, editing and team leadership
- Sophisticated understanding of domestic and international economics and policy
- Ability to hone in on the questions that financial professionals need answered
- Ideas generator to drive the file forward in original ways
- Diplomacy and influencing skills: the Editor must be able to lead a far-flung team or reporters and to work closely and well with peer

To apply, go here.

Jason Szep

Reuters names Szep its international affairs editor


The following announcement was made by Reuters deputy editor Paul Ingrassia and Washington bureau chief Marilyn Thompson:

Jason Szep, an award-winning Reuters veteran who has had postings in seven countries, will take on a new role as International Affairs Editor in our Washington bureau.  Reporting to Washington bureau chief Marilyn Thompson, Jason will have a remit to drive coverage of global diplomacy, geopolitics and trade.  He will focus on international stories with a strong Washington angle, the very stories that play to the strength of our extensive global bureau network.

To be more specific, Jason will run Washington teams covering foreign policy, defense, trade and the United Nations. He also will serve as the link between our Washington bureau and our global network of bureaus from Beijing to Brussels, Moscow to Madrid and Sao Paulo to San Francisco, furthering our pursuit of excellence on everything from breaking news to investigative projects.

Jason has special stature to fill this role.  He is a 23-year Reuters veteran who began his career as a fixed-income and economics reporter in Toronto followed by postings in Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, Boston and Bangkok. He was most recently Southeast Asia Bureau Chief, based in Bangkok, where he oversaw coverage of the region’s 10 countries.

He had previously served as Thailand & Indochina Bureau Chief, and before that Bureau Chief in his native Boston.  There he became the first Reuters journalist to win the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi award, recognizing a ground-breaking series on Mormonism in America. While in Bangkok, he was co-winner of a Society of Publishers in Asia Award, Asia’s top journalism contest, for a series on Myanmar. His work there, with colleagues, chronicled the opening of Myanmar and the plight of the nation’s  Rohingya  Muslim minority. Jason also led a winning team last year in the Reuters Journalist of the Year awards.

Please join us in congratulating Jason and wishing him the very best in his new role.

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Reuters names economics editor, Canada bureau chief and regional editor


Dayan Candappa, editor of the Americas at Reuters, sent out the following staff appointments on Monday:

I’m delighted to announce that three very talented and experienced Reuters journalists – Tiffany Wu, David Chance and Amran Abocar – will be moving into key roles in the Americas. Please join me in wishing them all the best in their new assignments.

Tiffany Wu

Tiffany will take over as Desk Editor and Deputy Regional Editor, bringing 16 years of experience across the file, exceptional copy editing skills and deep knowledge of our news-editing operations to the leadership of the Americas Desk. Tiffany will partner with my other deputy, Top News Editor Martin Howell, in driving news coverage across the Americas  She will work closely with the specialist editors to shape the next phase of the desk’s transformation.

Tiffany takes over from Ciro Scotti, whose next move will be announced soon. I am grateful to Ciro for his strong contribution over the past two years and for the unified editing desk he leaves behind. Tiffany and I will be building on the foundation he has laid.

Tiffany has done many of the key jobs at Reuters – reporter, bureau chief, top news editor and regional specialist editor who had responsibility for the companies desking team – giving her a rounded view of the editing desk’s pivotal role.

Tiffany moved to New York eight years ago as our Tech, Media and Telecoms Editor, and was promoted to run Company News in the Americas in 2010. She joined the Top News Team in September 2012 and has helped guide our coverage of a wide range of front page stories, from cyber attacks and the fallout from the Snowden leaks to big corporate shake-ups and the Quebec train derailment disaster.

Tiffany joined Reuters in 1998 as a macro-economics correspondent in Hong Kong, where she was born and raised. Two years later she moved to Shanghai to cover Chinese financial markets and corporate news, and then went on to Taipei where she was bureau chief from 2003 to 2006.

David Chance

David will move to Washington as Economics Editor for the Americas to drive coverage of the world’s largest economy and some of its most promising and problematic emerging markets. David, who will report to me, will work with reporters, editors and bureau chiefs across the region to ensure that Reuters brings to the economics and policy story the urgency and ambition our readers expect of us.

David has been with Reuters for 23 years, mostly covering economics and markets from the Argentine and Russian financial crises to the rebound in emerging markets. His most recent posting was in Seoul where a three-year stint saw him cover the death of Kim Jong Il, the ascent to power of Kim Jong Un and North Korea’s third nuclear test and rocket launches. David admits that his hands were shaking when he filed the snap of Kim Jong Il’s death from a North Korean television broadcast, something he assures me will not happen when he’s handling alerts on the Fed.

Prior to Seoul, David was Bureau Chief Malaysia and Brunei and before that Bureau Chief in Hungary in addition to stints in London and New York, where his eldest son was born. The Chance family will return to the United States after 16 years early in the summer.

Amran Abocar

Amran returns to Canada as bureau chief after six years in Asia and the Middle East, where she covered everything from Dubai’s property bust and the Arab Spring to bizarre mining policies in Indonesia. It is an exciting time for her new team which has lots of hot stories and the full attention of the F&R business, for whom Canada is a top priority in the Americas. Amran and her colleagues will be looking for creative ways to expand the breadth of our file and ramp up enterprising coverage at the same time.

Amran knows Reuters Toronto well; she joined the company there as an editorial intern and moved to a number of reporting and editing roles covering companies, capital markets, treasury and the SARS outbreak in Canada. She left for Dubai in 2008, just as the emirate’s economy was imploding, and ran the financial team in the Gulf for four years. She was appointed Deputy Bureau Chief, Gulf  just in time for the Arab Spring revolts that rocked the region. Amran then moved to Singapore as Deputy Commodities Editor for Asia. A Somali Canadian, Amran will return home with two boys who want to build an army of snowmen to make up for the years in the Arabian desert and tropical Southeast Asia. They will have to be patient as Amran will remain in Singapore until the summer.

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Reuters seeks senior content editor for Deals Group


Thomson Reuters seeks a high-energy wordsmith to fill the role of Senior Content Editor of the Deals Group.

It’s a fantastic opportunity: Our community websites and subscription websites and magazines cover two of the hottest areas of corporate finance — private equity and venture capital. The senior content editor edits blog posts, news stories and features for content, spelling, punctuation, grammar and style.

He or she is also responsible for the timely posting of stories along with appropriate pictures and artwork. The senior content editor also assists with layout and proofreading of our print publications. In addition to editing copy, the senior content editor actively monitors the Reuters Wire for PE- and VC-related stories to share on the Deals Group’s community and subscription websites.

The successful candidate will have excellent time management and people skills, be comfortable multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment, and have a working knowledge of Reuters style and principles or the equivalent.

■ 5 years of experience in a copy-editing and website management role or equivalent
■Proficiency with content management systems WordPress and WebVision, as well as Excel, Word, Picture Manager and PowerPoint

To apply, go here.