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Reuters hails 'massive boost' for its US domestic service

Reuters boosted its US domestic news and sport service and its broad profile in the world's biggest economy during this month's mid-term elections, managing editor Paul Ingrassia said.

For the first time, Reuters gave the Associated Press competition in tabulating and reporting the election results, he told editorial staff in a note on recent coverage highlights. “In some cases we even beat the AP in calling key races.”

Ingrassia credited Maurice Tamman, editor-in-charge of data and computational journalism, along with a team from polling partner Ipsos and agency colleagues including Bo Rosser, Kenneth Ellis, Aditya Amonkar, Brian Maniere and Larry Chen

He also revealed that “a team of statisticians, political wonks, and journalists”, including editor-in-chief Stephen Adler, worked virtually all night on 4 November, using early vote data and a 48,000-person election-day poll to call the races.

“This is a massive boost for our Reuters America service, and for our broad profile in the world’s biggest economy,” Ingrassia said. “It’s a building block for future growth, in editorial and business terms, and is an effort for which we should all be proud.” ■