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She reached in her pocket, pulled out her first gold from London and slipped the medal over her head.

Robeisy Ramirez edges Stevenson for bantamweight boxing gold

August 20, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Robeisy Ramirez and Shakur Stevenson are two of the top talents in the entire Olympic boxing tournament, and their bantamweight championship bout produced three rounds of tantalizing action.

Claressa’s coronation: 1 fight remains for boxer Shields

August 20, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Shortly after Claressa Shields punched her way through yet another elite opponent to reach another Olympic gold-medal bout, she spontaneously broke into song.

Mossely wins 1st French women’s boxing gold on birthday

August 19, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Estelle Mossely skipped the birthday bash for a gold medal celebration.

Ramirez-Stevenson Olympic final could be boxing classic

August 19, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The two most successful nations in Olympic boxing history somehow haven’t faced each other with a gold medal on the line in 20 years.

Stevenson advances to boxing final after Nikitin ruled out

August 18, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) U.S. boxer Shakur Stevenson reached the Olympic bantamweight final Thursday after his Russian semifinal opponent was unable to fight because of an injury, marking the first time since 2004 that an American fighter will be in a gold medal match.

Julio Cesar La Cruz wins Cuba’s 1st light heavyweight gold

August 18, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Julio Cesar La Cruz saluted the small Cuban section that came to watch him box for gold, then kissed the stand before he stepped up to accept his medal.

AIBA reassigns executive director after judging probe

August 18, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The International Boxing Association has reassigned its executive director in the middle of the Olympics after an examination of the judging and refereeing at the games.

Yeleussinov wins 4th straight Kazakh welterweight gold medal

August 17, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Daniyar Yeleussinov leaves with a more permanent – and gnarly – reminder of his Olympic experience than a gold medal.

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AIBA head talks judging, losing, and boxing’s Olympic future

August 21, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) International Boxing Association President Ching-Kuo Wu attended all 16 days of the Olympic boxing tournament, and he believes Rio de Janeiro saw the best competition ever staged at the games.

Shields becomes 1st American boxer with 2 Olympic golds

August 21, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Claressa Shields had Olympic gold around her neck and a secret keepsake in her warmup jacket pocket

A dream come true: World’s most incredible bets

He’s got balls of steel when it comes to placing bets,” says Barry Orr, spokesman for Betfair, the world’s biggest online betting exchange.Now worth an estimated $1 billion, the 62-year-old property mogul and horse owner was a big player at this week’s Cheltenham Festival — one of the biggest betting events in the Britain. By today’s standards, it’s roughly the equivalent of placing a $46 bet and getting $4,300 back.

The Irishman could have been accused of letting his heart rule his head when he bet $75 on all five of his boss’s horses winning.

It’s become one of the fabled wins in horse racing history — and the elusive dream that lingers in the back of every punter’s mind.

The Italian rider got the record-breaking day underway with a win on the aptly named three-year-old colt, Wall Street.

Packer, who had an estimated fortune of $6.7 billion at the time of his death in 2005, was a legendary figure on the track who struggled to find individual bookmakers with enough money to take him on.

It started with a horse called Isn’t That Lucky and ended with one called A Dream Come True, for one lucky punter from Yorkshire in Britain.

In 2008, the unnamed man placed just 75 cents on eight horses winning in an accumulator bet, said the BBC.

One lucky punter, Darren Yeats, placed a £59 ($89) accumulator bet on all of Dettori’s races — despite being warned off by his wife.

This time last year, 29-year-old Conor Murphy was a stable boy — until one lucky bet at Cheltenham changed his life forever.

A Dream Come True.

“The atmosphere in the winners’ enclosure was amazing,” Nick Smith, head of public relations at Ascot, told CNN.

“We actually had champagne for him after the sixth win, and then after the seventh the whole place just erupted.”

Surprise winner Donerail pulled away at the last stretch, setting a new track record with a time of two minutes and four seconds, beating his nearest rival by half-a-length.

Described as the “Olympics of jumps racing,” more than $820 million is bet during the four-day festival, with many punters taking their lead from the almost-mythical McManus.

“McManus is a legendary figure because of how brave he is,” Ladbrokes bookmaker David Williams says. “He’s one of those faces that when he walks into a betting ring, everyone is wondering what he’s going to do.

“But you’d never believe he’s such a big, brazen better — he’s very polite, very unassuming, a real gentlemen.”

In 1996, jockey Frankie Dettori left bookmakers in tears after defying 25,000-1 odds of winning all seven races at Britain’s Ascot Festival.

But the bold gamble paid off and Yeats left the track £550,000 ($830,000) richer.

Despite the 2,000,000-1 odds, every horse won, granting the gambler a whopping $1.5 million windfall.

Murphy placed the wager online three months before the race, giving him greater odds — and greater returns — than those betting on the day.

The huge windfall helped finance his lifelong ambition of working as a trainer in Louisville, home of the prestigious Kentucky Derby, he told British newspaper The Telegraph.

Against the odds

It was a rare victory for the thoroughbred, who won just 10 of his 62 races.

If ever there was an opportunity to step back in time and place a bet, it would surely be on the Kentucky Derby’s 1913 winner Donerail.

The three-year-old colt remains the highest odds winner in the history of the race, placed at 91-1, said the Kentucky Derby Museum.

One hundred years ago, those putting $2 on Donerail would have collected $184.90 in winnings. But Murphy happily proved the skeptics wrong, scooping $1.5 million in an accumulator — a single bet which relies on all horses winning.

In the late 1980s a consortium of Sydney bookmakers joined forces to accept Packer’s awesome bets, which could be around $5 million on a single race.

But the bookmakers were rubbing their hands at Sydney’s Golden Slipper Stakes in 1987 when Packer lost around $7 million throughout the day — including $2 million on his own horse, called Christmas Tree — reported Melbourne newspaper The Age.

Dettori’s magnificent seven

Story highlightsLegendary billionaire gambler JP McManus big player at CheltenhamMore than $820m bet at four-day British horse racing festivalTop betting stories include stable boy turned millionaireLucky punter who won $1.5m on horse called A Dream Come True

For a legendary gambler who thinks nothing of betting a million dollars on one horse, Irish businessman JP McManus is by all accounts a surprisingly reserved man.

He became the first person in Britain to win £1 million ($1.5 million) in a betting shop.

Australian media tycoon Kerry Packer wasn’t known as “The Big Fella” of gambling for nothing, famously halving betting odds in a matter of minutes with his million-dollar wagers.

The biggest loser

Nicknamed the “Sundance Kid” for his bold gambling, McManus famously won $1.3 million in just one day at Cheltenham in 2006, in series of wagers with similarly daring bookmaker “Fearless” Freddie Williams.

As Cheltenham wraps up for another year on Friday, CNN’s Winning Post takes a look at five of the most incredible horse racing betting stories of all time.

Stable boy-turned-millionaire

Five years later, Ascot erected a lifesize bronze statue of the jockey at the entrance of the famous racecourse, in honor of his historic wins.

From humble beginnings as a bookmaker, McManus earned a reputation as the fearless man on the track who would take on any wager — no matter how big.

“He’s an absolute legend

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2 brothers sentenced in California for running international sports betting ring

They also were fined $50,000.

The two pleaded guilty to racketeering.

. All 18 have now pleaded guilty.

Authorities say the company took millions of dollars in bets from customers throughout California, strong-armed debtors and laundered proceeds.

Nearly $12 million in assets were seized.

Prosecutors say the brothers ran an Internet and telephone gambling enterprise called “Macho Sports” for more than a decade from a headquarters in Lima, Peru.

SAN DIEGO –  Two brothers who ran an international sports betting ring have been sentenced in California to federal prison.

A judge in San Diego sentenced Jan Portocarrero to 18 months on Friday. Erik Portocarrero was given 22 months.

An FBI investigation began in 2011 and led to 18 arrests in Los Angeles, San Diego and Norway, where Erik Portocarrero lived at the time

GOP debate preview: Which candidate will leave Vegas with all the chips?

Ted Cruz in Iowa. That would be the space as yet unfilled by a candidate who can blend measured outrage at the thought of terrorism returning to U.S. The problem: Bush has been anything but “money” in the four previous debates when he needed to shine among the contenders.

The Split Bet. Or, for that matter, any other Republican who wants to bet on national security as foremost on Americans’ minds.

Think of it as an evening of political roulette. soil with a concrete strategy of force and stick-to-itiveness – all in a manner less nativist and more deduced than what Trump floated.

There’s a void within the GOP field. Ben Carson given that he’s talking about splitting from the GOP if the primary process gives way to a backroom-brokered national convention next summer. soil with a concrete strategy of force and stick-to-itiveness. In roulette, a wager made in the boxes surrounding the table’s numbers. He also blogs daily on the 2016 election at www.adayattheracesblog.com. Carson’s dissatisfaction has fueled speculation of an independent run next fall. This would be Carly Fiorina, who straddles the line between political insider and outsider. Placing the chips on a line between two numbers, which seems appropriate for Dr. That would be the space as yet unfilled by a candidate who can blend measured outrage at the thought of terrorism returning to U.S.  Made by playing chips on the vertical line separating the outside and inside betting areas. Donald Trump, the field’s lead outsider, enters this debate as, per usual, the center of attention. If the polls are to be taken seriously, the smart parlay over at the Venetian’s race & sports book is Cruz-Trump-Rubio to win place and show in Cleveland – not necessarily in that order.

Bill Whalen is a research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, where he analyzes California and national politics. Marco Rubio’s ploy, as he once again wagers on what’s paid off in this race: a four-fold appeal of youth, electability, stage presence and media buzz.

The Line Bet. Fiorina’s cleverly marketed herself as a campaign ingénue when in fact she’s a veteran of a California Senate race and stumping for John McCain in 2008. That would be the space as yet unfilled by a candidate who can blend measured outrage at the thought of terrorism returning to U.S. Red, black or green? Cruz is letting it ride on red – a red-state strategy that’s made him the field’s new alpha dog. Chris Christie’s time to shine?

As for the Texas senator, he’s making . Follow him on Twitter @hooverwhalen.

There’s one other wager to mull: is this New Jersey Gov. soil with a concrete strategy of force and stick-to-itiveness. 

The Straight-Up Bet. In which case, the house doesn’t win – but Hillary Clinton probably does.

Befitting Frank Sinatra’s centennial birthday and “Old Blue Eyes'” fascination with presidential politics (he helped orchestrate JFK’s and Ronald Reagan’s inaugurals), Tuesday’s GOP debate will occur at the Venetian Las Vegas. Does he stick to a safe betting strategy – a voice for the disaffected slice of the GOP electorate – or does Trump gamble on more to be gained by deconstructing Cruz?

That sounds like an opening for Christie – actually, the first-term version of Christie that didn’t shy away from confronting entrenched obstacles. For two reasons: his call to ban Muslim immigration into the U.S.; and this Fox News poll showing the bombastic billionaire giving way to Texas Sen. With that Fox News poll showing only 2% support in Iowa, Fiorina may soon run out of chips to bet.

Not that anyone is calling the nine presidential hopefuls in Tuesday’s main event the new “Rat Pack.” Smoking, boozing and late-night prowling? Not these conservative rats.

The Outside Bet. Cruz also is raking in endorsements from conservative stalwarts (veteran direct-mailer Richard Viguerie and Bob Vander Plaats, president and CEO of the Family Leader Organization). If this keeps up: he’s the Vegas player who has little to show for his troubles, other than a free breakfast voucher.

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That said, Las Vegas and its various means of risking fortunes are an apt metaphor for this, the fifth GOP presidential debate.

In the aftermath of the San Bernardino mass shooting, President Obama’s underwhelming Oval Office speech and Trump’s dumpster-fire of an immigration ban, there’s a void within the GOP field. Trump knows his way around a casino, having wagered big on Atlantic City. With the following wagers:

The Color Bet. . Wagering on a single number and hoping for a miraculous return (in roulette, a 35-1 payoff).  This would be Jeb Bush, once a frontrunner who seemingly held all the chips (well, at least a lot of super PAC money) but now a candidate struggling for relevance (7%, or fifth place, in last weekend’s NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll). It sits atop the ruins of the Sands Hotel – in early 1960, home to the famed “summit” featuring Frank, Dean, Sammy and their ring-a-ding pals.

With less than seven week left until Iowa: go big or go home.

There’s a void within the GOP field. Betting on one color produces modest winnings – maybe not so for a candidate planning on hanging around the table until next July and the national convention in Cleveland.

The Corner Bet. Placing the chip on a “corner” where four numbers intersect, earning the better an 8-1 payoff. This is Florida Sen. Cruz may indeed prevail in Iowa; he’s planning on a big haul in the March 1 Super Tuesday across the Deep South

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It didn’t make sense to her why anyone would offer praise when she wasn’t playing well.

Lady Vols guards Carter, Cooper to miss 2016-17 season

August 3, 2016

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee’s backcourt sustained two major losses, with Andraya Carter forgoing her final season of eligibility and Te’a Cooper out the entire season with a knee injury.

WNBA’s Olympic break allows White to focus on Vandy

July 29, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee coach Holly Warlick remains upbeat amid an extraordinarily difficult year.

Montana’s Shannon Schweyen names Mike Petrino as assistant

August 17, 2016

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) Stephanie White has the perfect calling card as she hits the recruiting trails during the WNBA’s Olympic break working on her other job as coach of the Vanderbilt Commodores.

3 black women’s basketball players sue Missouri college

July 28, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Mo.

Lady Vols’ Warlick focusing on positive amid difficult year

August 19, 2016

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Montana women’s basketball coach Shannon Schweyen has named Mike Petrino as an assistant.

Lady Vols’ DeShields has regained her health, confidence

August 15, 2016

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Three black women’s basketball players allege in a lawsuit that a small southwest Missouri college treated them differently than white students before expelling them without justification.

Montana women’s basketball coach Robin Selvig retires

July 27, 2016

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) Tennessee guard Diamond DeShields couldn’t understand it last season when fans would let her know how much they appreciated her. (AP) The NCAA has donated ,000 to the Pat Summitt Foundation in memory of the late Tennessee coach.

Loyola hires Kate Achter as new women’s basketball coach

July 19, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) Loyola has hired Kate Achter as its women’s basketball coach.

. (AP) Montana women’s basketball coach Robin Selvig announced his retirement Wednesday after 38 years at the school.

Big 12, SEC expand Women’s Basketball Challenge to 10 games

July 25, 2016

The Women’s Basketball Challenge pitting teams from the Southeastern Conference against the Big 12 is expanding to 10 games this season.

NCAA gives ,000 in honor of Summitt to fight Alzheimer’s

July 20, 2016

KNOXVILLE, Tenn

Surviving A Losing Streak

How it is dealt with will determine how seriously the affect is on the gambler. Losing streaks take a toll on the gambler’s stake and also on their confidence. Another element of play should be immediately put into play. It is this double dose of negativity that makes a losing streak so hard to deal with.

One way to survive is to just stop playing for a while. If you are a parlay player consider making smaller parlays or none at all for a period of time. It will happen to each player. The run of bad luck is coming to an end when you make a needed river card or hit a series of place bets on a dice table. When the streak ends, the run of wins can be remarkable and being ready to take advantage of this turn for the best is the difference between an experience gambler and a novice. This is a death play when drowning in a losing streak. Do not make the most serious mistake a gambler caught up in this situation can do and make larger wagers in hopes of getting even sooner. This where staying on an even keel as to confidence comes into play.

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. Change what you are doing, but remember “cut back ” is the operative words of strategy. Cut back your play is the correct move in these circumstances. Consider playing fewer days a week or month. Cut back on the size of your bets and the number of bets you make. Consider playing a different game or level of a game. Hands that have been losing at black jack suddenly start holding up or the dealer breaks on hands that previously were killing you. The biggest problem with any losing streak is the gambler does not know when it will end, but knows that it will end. No trend will stay in play forever, however the losing streaks are a part of gambling and must be addressed by each player. Knowing what to do and doing it is the answer to this negative side of gambling.

Surviving a losing streak is one of the most difficult situations any gambler can experience and hopefully overcome.

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Gambling cycles like all components in life. This will work, but if gambling is a major part of your life, this is hard to do. Losing sessions can follow winning gaming sessions

Cybergambling returns — and this time it’s legal

“That’s where I see the huge potential in online gambling, and I reckon the U.S. U.K. Not just poker.”

And New Jersey isn’t alone; eight other states have bills in the works that will allow Internet gambling as well. To put that into further context, Americans accounted for nearly 10 percent of the entire $33 billion worldwide online gaming market,” Freeman said.

. They play against the house at Virgin Casino, and they can finance their wagers with debit cards, credit cards, or in person.

What happens online, stays online

Six other firms, including popular companies like WSOP.com and Ultimate Poker and other casinos like Caesars and the Golden Nugget, participated in the “soft play” launch of online gambling in New Jersey in November, the state’s Department of Gaming Enforcement Director Dave Rebuck said during a recent conference call.

Many Americans simply ignored the ban, he noted, as the country did during Prohibition in the ’20s.

“It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out,” said Laurence DeGaris, associate professor of marketing at the University of Indianapolis and an expert in Internet culture.

“Prohibition simply does not work,” Geoff Freeman told a House panel on Dec. Virgin could be holding a full house, but it could also fail before the flop.

Globally, the business is even more lucrative. 10. market could be worth as much as $9 billion in the coming years as other states, including California, legalize online wagering.

“Slots and roulette are very visceral games, lots of bells and whistles. Chris Christie validated the vice in the waning weeks of 2013, saying he hoped to rake in $1 billion in casino revenues this year, of which the state will collect a 17 percent tax.

“Those from other states can play, but they cannot wager,” Fenton said. Others predict the overall U.S. In online casino gambling, it’s about the game more than the bet.”

“In sports gambling, it’s about the bet,” DeGaris said. — notably sports betting.

Congress banned online gambling in 2006. But new laws across the nation are rolling the rules back — and lawmakers think they’re holding a royal flush.

Players must be at least 21 years old, and either reside in New Jersey or be in the state when they place their bets. If your phone is off, or if you’re too near state borders, you may not be allowed to play.

Legalizing gambling across the U.S.

‘Last year, before a single state authorized legal online gaming, Americans spent nearly $3 billion.’

Prohibition failed – again

Last month, the president and CEO of the American Gaming Association testified before Congress and urged legislators to repeal their 7-year-old ban on Internet gambling.

Mega-entrepreneur Richard Branson’s Virgin Group is the latest entry in online gambling, teaming with the Tropicana Resort in Atlantic City and online game maker Gamesys to bring online poker, blackjack and slots to New Jersey this week. “The federal government has tried the prohibition approach – specifically the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 and the Wire Act – and through multiple Justice Department crackdowns on offshore operators as well.”

“Last year, before a single state authorized legal online gaming, Americans spent nearly $3 billion on illegal, unregulated offshore gaming sites. Gov. will generate – in addition to tax revenue from the proceeds at casinos – approximately 22,000 new online gambling-related jobs, Freeman testified.

Not everyone agrees with the odds. “Blackjack and poker have a very human element that’s lost online. will catch up to the rest of the world and allow it at some point.”

To prevent unauthorized access, Virgin Casino physically locates gamers’ cellphones periodically. H2 said the industry was worth $33 billion in 2013, with $4.5 billion coming from mobile gambling on iPads, iPhones and smartphones.

“There will be many games to play online in New Jersey,” Fenton told FoxNews.com. “If we are unable to determine that you are in New Jersey, you will be unable to play on Virgin Casino,” the site notes. market research firm H2 Gambling Capital, which focuses on the gaming industry, predicted about $300 million for New Jersey’s online casinos — or about $45 million in tax revenue, according to the New York Times. That doesn’t translate online,” DeGaris told FoxNews.com. Nevada and Delaware also began offering some online gambling last year, but New Jersey is the first state to “fully” legalize it, said Lee Fenton, the chief operating officer of Gamesys.

Freeman said the Department of Justice has relaxed its views toward online gambling since 2011, and this could open up even more opportunities in the U.S. “Blackjack, slots. “The technology is rolling out this week.”

- Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the American Gaming Association

But analysts are mostly rolling with Christie and the casinos

Reporting and Writing Basics – Handbook of Journalism

If you have just said that a merger will create the second-largest widget maker in the region, don’t make the reader wait five paragraphs before revealing who is the largest.

Using “cross-heads” to break up the story about every 300 words can help the reader to follow your thinking.

Some checks for error-free copy

For example PHILIPPINES-HOSTAGES/ is a very strong pointer that both that the words Philippines and hostages will appear in the headline and the story intro. The headline field in Lynx Editor turns red after 64 characters, including headline tags such as “UPDATE 1″ and so forth. Try to support your lead with a direct quote within the first few paragraphs, and be precise about who said this and where it was said.

Reuters uses a series of story formats (Alerts or Snaps, Newsbreaks/Urgents, Updates and Wrapups) to meet the differing speed needs of its readers. Is the story balanced and fair? Does the story cast a slur on the good name of an individual, company or organization? Does it expose anyone to ridicule, hatred or contempt? If so it could be libelous and you may need to mark it ATTN EDS to get it legalled.

Keyword slugs in the Lynx Editor header field are used by media clients to track and package stories. Most news stories in newspapers are between 300 and 800 words (30 to 80 lines in Lynx Editor) and most Reuters stories should be about the same. If you must leave the bureau before your story is handled, make sure to provide a contact phone number.

If you plan to advance a story, file a skedline to the GLOBAL SCHEDULES basket in Lynx Editor. Double-check facts, figures, names, dates and spellings. Who told Reuters? Did the information come from a press statement or court document or email/letter or public or Reuters database? Was a Reuters reporter, photographer or camera operator on the scene as a witness?

The final wrap up on a breaking top news story that is likely to appear on a top news webpage or media wire news schedule, or significant exclusives, or especially well argued analyses tagged INSIGHTS, or features may run to 800 words or 80 about lines in Lynx Editor, but you should check with your editor, bureau chief or regional desk. You make a statement, expand on it in the next paragraph, illustrate it with a quote in the third paragraph, and give some figures or background in the fourth paragraph. Then you move on to the next “block” by using a signpost sentence.

Use signposts to let readers know you are moving to the next theme. Use only the most telling details in the lead and give the broad picture in the intro. When a story is flagged ATTN EDITOR the reasons should be explained to the editing desk in a separate message. “I’m very satisfied with her health, but she’s tired and suffering from the tension of recent weeks.” That reinforces the lead but pushes the story forward.

Don’t “file and flee.” Remain available to handle queries from the desk. Make sure your quote pushes the story forward rather than simply echoes what you have just written.

And to comply with the Reuters Trust principles, all stories, blogs and columns must display “integrity, independence and freedom from bias”.

Good sources and well-defined sourcing help to protect the integrity of the file and protect journalists against legal dangers (see The essentials of Reuters sourcing).

The update series or “trunk” story format is designed to allow the reporter and editor to add information and analysis incrementally as the news breaks. newspaper pickup on Monday, interview on Tuesday, news conference on Wednesday?

Make sure there is are quotes or evidence to back up your intro.

Confirm all times and dates.

Reuters writes for three main audiences:

Try making a list of 10 key words without which you simply could not write the story. Watch for confusion between millions and billions, misplaced decimal points, transposed conversions. You should never guess at what a source means. To write in a news story that someone hinted, implied, indicated, suggested, or signaled is to editorialize or interpret someone’s actions, words, or thoughts. The format indicates that the entire package of news will be about PHILIPPINES-HOSTAGES and that this item is the lead story, or trunk story. Most errors or problems can be caught in the bureau.

Involve your bureau chief or an editor in charge in problem stories: Problematic stories should be copy edited by a senior reporter, bureau chief or editor in charge.

MOST BASIC NEWS STORIES, INCLUDING UPDATES, SIDEBARS AND MARKET REPORTS, SHOULD BE NO MORE THAN ABOUT 400 WORDS OR ABOUT 40 LINES IN LYNX EDITOR. Longer update1s may be cut by desk editors in order to move the copy quickly. Do the components add up to the total, do individual percentages add up to 100? Double-check the period covered, conversions, whether the figure is up or down. Ensure there are time references in the story to the readers knows when the events occurred or what time period the data covers. As a result we need to abide by line length guidelines to enable reporters and editors to move the copy quickly to meet readers speed needs. Check that unfamiliar RICs and web site addresses mentioned in the story actually work.

Check for balance and legal dangers. Listen for that “golden quote” – the one that will best illustrate the main point of the story.

Headlines should be sharp and informative. All reporters must clearly understand when and how to use the ATTN EDITOR flag. All readers want simple, clearly written stories that say what’s happening and why it matters.

NEWSBREAKS or URGENTS should be no more than about 100 words or TWO or THREE paragraphs. Accuracy is also more than just getting the facts right – it is getting the right facts, and backing up our interpretation of the facts with authoritative and unimpeachable sourcing. Desks are encouraged to cut overwritten copy. Check that unfamiliar RICs and web site addresses mentioned in the story actually work.

Are the headline tag and slug correct and appropriate?

Ensure the Unique Story Number (USN) matches that of the Alert/Snap (if any).

Ensure tabular material carries tabular formatting in the Lynx Editor header field.

The Attention Editor flag

Avoid “broken” quotes unless the words are unusual, contentious or highly colorful. We need to let the reader know how we know what we know. Watch for typographical errors. That is called a “parrot” quote or “echo” quote and bores the reader. You should be hitting strong, essential words very quickly after you start to read the first sentence.

Media – broadcasters, newspapers, national news agencies, news websites.

The broader public – financially and politically aware readers who get news on Reuters.com and mobile devices.

If there are more than 25 words in your first sentence, it may start to get hard on the reader’s brain.

Make the headline strong

The warning flag ATTN EDITOR (or ATTN EDS) should be included in the slug line or the first line of the text field if you think your story may be legally dangerous or may affect the status or reputation of Reuters. Try to group all the information relating to one element of your story in one block of paragraphs.

Check for balance and legal dangers. You get there much sooner this way: “A Baldonian woman, held hostage for 12 weeks by Philippine rebels, is remarkably well despite reports she was ill and had contemplated suicide, a doctor said after she returned home on Tuesday.” The attention-grabbing word “hostage” is the fifth word and the news point that she is well is reported sooner in the sentence.

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You should source every new piece of information. Use short words and an active verb and avoid unfamiliar abbreviations.

Ensure information in the story agrees and supports the headline, Are the headline tag and slug correct and appropriate?

Confirm the day of the week and the date.

Does the story make clear how we got the information, for example, from a newspaper pickup, interview, or news release?

Check all the numbers. The writer gets into the helicopter and looks for the big picture.

Don’t get weighed down by too many details in the lead

Shorten and summarize titles and positions, geographic references and time frames in the first sentence. Short, quick updates help meet the readers needs. Rather, look for a quote that is different and strengthens the lead while pushing the story forward: The hostage was released on Sunday and was in remarkably good health, the doctor said.

Ensure information in the story agrees with the headline, and if appropriate, the Alert (Snap or Bulletin).

Does the story make clear how we got the information and when, e.g. It is better to convey one idea crisply and clearly than to cram in two ideas awkwardly.

Accuracy in Reuters includes accurate “coding”, the proper use of “slugs”, using the most appropriate “headline tags” and consistent style (see the Reuters Style Guide). .

Each block should follow logically and add detail or data, a quote, and some analysis or context, just like the first 3-4 paragraphs of your story.

What is changing and what is not?

Who are the parties in conflict and why?

What is at risk politically, economically, financially?

For Reuters, national and international is usually more important than local

Forward-looking is more important than backward-looking.

Have I been fair to all parties and points of view? Have we given all relevant parties a chance to respond to each and every claim we make?

Many corrections can be prevented by checking simple things. Simply breaking the sentence in two can be a very useful way of shortening your lead. This is rarely acceptable unless you have some other evidence to support the interpretation.

People rarely speak eloquently or succinctly. Try to send sidebars, Updates etc. Here are some tips to keep errors down before you send your story to the desk:

Quotes can also be used to:

UPDATE 1s should be no more than about 300 words or FIVE or SIX paragraphs. In Lynx Editor, stories cannot be returned to a reporter’s personal basket as there is only one live version at any time.

INTROS/LEDES. Is the story balanced and fair? Does the story cast a slur on the good name of an individual, company or organization? If so it could be libelous and you may need to mark it ATTENTION EDITOR to get senior editors to review it.

Use a second pair of eyes: Ask a colleague to read the story carefully to ensure that it is adequately sourced, accurate and fair, and written as concisely as possible. This will delay publication.

“Nut graphs” answer the question, so what? What is the significance of this event, speech, development? Why should the reader bother to read on? If we can’t answer that question, maybe we don’t need the story at all.

Check all the numbers – do all the components add up to the total, do individual percentages add up to 100? Double check the period covered, conversions, whether the figure is up or down. Subheads can usefully help the reader about every 300 words. Each sentence should connect to the next like a link in a chain.

“A Baldonian woman, who appeared to be in very poor health while held hostage by Philippine rebels for 12 weeks, is remarkably well despite reports that she had contemplated suicide, a doctor said on Tuesday after her return home to Baldonia City.”

Story Length

Expand on the items, events, data, themes in your intro sequentially.

Write yourself 2-3 subheads to create the building blocks. This is a warning that your headline may be getting too long.

If a reporter needs a story returned, he/she should screentop or phone the desk and ask for it to be sent back to his/her reporting team or bureau edit basket to work on.

Quotes should be used to source a story or news analysis or to add color. Update 1s that include pre-written material may run longer, provided this does not prevent the editing desk from moving the story quickly. “She is in remarkably good condition,” Joseph Smith said. We often need to write what we don’t know and well as what we know, rather than leaving the reader to guess. Neither accuracy or nor fairness must ever be sacrificed for speed. Watch for confusion between millions and billions, misplaced decimal points, transposed conversions. Don’t mention an element without explaining it. If you go beyond three or four words before reaching that “must have” word then stop and rewrite. Check share prices.

Watch the spelling of proper names and ensure names are spelled consistently throughout the story.

Ensure the story provides full company names, full and proper titles, and RICs or ticker symbols in both the text and header field.

SUMMARY INTRO: The 5 Ws – Who? What? When? Where? Why? Typical trunk story intro for breaking news including market reports.

WRAP INTRO: Pulls together several urgents or updates on related events, or themes. They do not order their facts in a way a journalist should. This is very often the news point.

ANALYSIS INTRO: State an argument, or forecast the implication of a trend, or come to a conclusion.

FEATURE INTRO: Anecdotal, Scene setter, Narrative, Exemplar, Question, Quote.

When using indirect (or reported) speech, instead of direct quotes, sources either say something or they do not. Read your lead and then count the number of words you use before you reach the one word that is strong and essential and cannot be thrown away. So use one or two short quotes in a story rather than several long ones. A good story slug catches the eye, and should provide a strong pointer to what should appear in your headline and in your first paragraph. You can be more specific further down the story. See Attention Editor items and Hoaxes for full details.

Tell the reader HOW you know what you know and WHEN you obtained the information. Think about whether the reader needs to know this detail this soon. Often a geographic locator is also necessary. Adding another 100 words or 10 lines to an update1 for an update2 and moving it quickly is more helpful on breaking news than waiting for a full write through.

Accuracy and fairness are the hallmarks of Thomson Reuters journalism. Check share prices.

Watch the spelling of proper names and ensure names are spelled consistently throughout the story.

Ensure the story gives full company names, full and proper titles, and RICs or ticker symbols in both the text and header field. Think more of the facts or concepts which must be there to guide your story structure.

The key words approach to story structure

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Catch distinctions and nuances in important passages of speeches and convey some of the flavor of the speaker’s language.

Document and support statements made in the lead and elsewhere.

Set off controversial material, where the precise wording can be an issue, as in legal contexts.

While we are not constrained by space like newspapers, readers prefer short, easy-to-read stories and analyses, so newspaper story length guidelines are still useful. They should help to move the story along.

SOURCING

A good Reuters story gets straight to the point and has all the main elements, including some context, analysis, human interest, and color – woven in from the top, not just tagged on as an afterthought.

That’s a 42-word intro, and you have to count 13 words before you reach the first word that grabs you: “hostage”. They don’t have to be the exact words you will use in the story. Newsbreaks that include pre-written material may run longer.

NUT GRAPHS

Basic story structure

Structuring the body of the story

Build your story in blocks that follow logically. If a story cannot be cut easily because it is poorly structured, it may be sent back for a rewrite. And make sure there is enough context in the story to ensure balance and fairness, including disclosure of important information that is not clear or or not known. Editing desks should try to fix and move problematic early updates quickly by cutting the story and then asking the reporter for a better version for the next update.

Reporters in Lynx Editor file to a regional editing desk by using the TRANSFER button to send the story to the desk, for example, EMEA-MPG-Taste, AMERS-Companies-Commods-Taste.

Are there data and quotes back up the intro ?

Longer form pieces carrying the headline tag SPECIAL REPORT may run to magazine length of up to about 2,000 words.

Slugs are made up of two parts – a packaging slug that is the same on all the pieces of a story that belong together and a “wild” slug extension that describes that particular item.

This is a variation of the key words approach to story writing. Innuendo is rarely acceptable in news reporting. The desk receiving such a story should refer it to the editor-in-charge. Your colleague must be critical. PHILLPPINES-HOSTAGES/SHOTS.

REREAD for accuracy and fairness before you file: bullet proof the story.

FINALLY…

To write the nut graph, answer the following questions:

Assume the reader is new to the story, what is the context?

Is this the first time?

Is this a trend change?

Is this a change in rank for the players as a result of the election, revolution, merger, takeover, earnings report, bankruptcy?

What is at risk politically, economically, financially?

As we only write one version of the story, we need to ensure that the significance, context and background are properly explained for an international readership, while not making the story so basic that a sophisticated reader won’t value the news it contains. to same editing desk as original story – this helps improve coordination.

Filing to Desk

Professional – investors, fund managers, brokers, lawyers, tax specialists and others who take actions based on the news or may use it as a talking point with clients and a source of ideas to inform a longer-term strategy.

Don’t neglect the slug

Newsbreaks or Urgents that advance the story, or related sidebars, would carry a slug extension to distinguish them from the main story, e.g. A signpost or marker can be as simple as a “but” or it can be a short sentence which summarizes what follows.

Don’t leave holes.

QUOTES

Who do we write for?

GROWING THE STORY

Do not write: The hostage was released on Sunday and was in remarkably good health, the doctor said.

The packaging slug should quickly describe the story in one or two words.

How long before you reach a crucial word in the intro?

Count the words in your first sentence

Even if permissioned for access to editing desk TASTE or EDIT baskets, reporters should NOT open a story in edit mode in an editing desk taste basket as it prevents editors from handling the story in a timely way and often causes confusion on busy desks.

Support your intro with a quote

Direct quotes add color and strength to your story and prove you have spoken to someone who knows what happened. Touching on an issue in the third paragraph and then returning to it in the eighth often confuses readers.

Write sequentially