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From inside our newsroom, a look at how Reuters produces trusted journalism

When breaking news lands on our doorstep

A building security announcement at 11:56 a.m. first alerted our newsroom that a speeding vehicle had struck pedestrians on the sidewalk in front of our Times Square bureau at 42nd Street and Seventh Avenue in New York City.

How Reuters reports from North Korea

Only two western media outlets have a permanent presence in North Korea, so Reuters and others must find ways to report from outside the country, relying on satellite imagery, photo analysis, accounts from defectors and other sources. Access to North Korea usually takes the form of press trips organized by the government around a particular event that it wants to promote to the world.

Photographing the tiniest victims of war and disaster

Reuters photographers are at the front lines of war and disaster, capturing images that can be disturbing, especially when they depict children swept up in humanitarian crises. Decisions to distribute these photos are taken seriously by Reuters. We understand that images of suffering children can produce powerful -- and, at times, negative -- reactions among viewers.

Hard-sought data helps define plight of refugees trying to reunite with families

Refugees have bureaucratic problems when they try to come to Europe. But once people are granted protection, they are entitled to bring in their families. Reuters found that despite having a legal right to be reunited, these families remain separated, often in the case of Syrians fleeing Islamic State because they need to produce documents they can only get from the Assad administration.

Tracking lead at the local level

Until recently, California’s Department of Public Health had not shared much localized information on children’s lead levels, citing patient privacy laws and gaps in data it had collected.

Mining SEC filings to follow up on market tips

Over several months, sources had been telling Reuters reporters Chris Prentice and Jarrett Renshaw that Carl Icahn-controlled CVR Energy was betting big against a niche credit market set up by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to ensure biofuels such as ethanol were making it into the American gasoline supply.

Quantifying harm done in superbug research

(NEW YORK) - Reporters Deborah J. Nelson and Ryan McNeill spent six months exhaustively documenting the behavior of businesses involved in the fight against drug-resistant superbugs. They found that multiple studies supporting the use of antiseptic products containing the chemical chlorhexidine to clean hospital patients were funded or otherwise supported by the companies that make those products, raising concerns about the independence of the research.

Getting the questions right in polling

(NEW YORK) Reuters - Political polling is a tricky business. Controversial issues and politicians can elicit strong reactions from voters, and the phrasing of questions is crucial to how they answer. Part of the challenge, professionals understand, is how a poll question is framed, and any facts or names included in it can often determine the way people respond. So, how do you frame a survey to spot and account for any hidden biases of voters?

To our readers, from the Editor-in-Chief

(NEW YORK) Reuters - You may not be familiar with the Thomson Reuters Trust Principles, but to us at Reuters they are our indispensable compass. Created in 1941, in the midst of World War II, they call upon Reuters and its employees to act at all times with integrity, independence and freedom from bias. The Trust Principles were built into the charter of Reuters when it went public in 1984 and into the founding documents of the Thomson Reuters Corp. after it was formed in 2008. In their clarity