What Makes a Reuters Journalist?

There may be exceptional circumstances when a market is moving so rapidly and so violently that we move a story before being able to verify or knock down the rumour.

Full guidance on how to handle rumours is in The Essentials of Reuters sourcing.

Graphic images and obscenities
In the course of our work, we witness and record scenes of a violent or sexually graphic nature.

As journalists, we have an obligation to convey the reality of what we report accurately, yet a duty to be aware that such material can cause distress, damage the dignity of the individuals concerned or even in some cases so overpower the viewer or reader that a rational understanding of the facts is impaired.

We do not sanitise violence, bowdlerise speech or euphemise sex. We should not, however, publish graphic images and details or obscene language gratuitously or with an intention to titillate or to shock.

There must be a valid news reason for running such material and it will usually require a decision by a senior editor.

In all cases, we need to consider whether the material is necessary to an understanding of the reality portrayed or described. We should also be mindful that our customers in different markets often have different thresholds and needs.

Graphic material which we might send to our wholesale broadcast clients may not be suitable for use online in our consumer business, just as a sexually explicit photograph may be more acceptable in one part of the world than another.

Source : Reuters Handbook of Journalism, 1 October 2008.

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