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How Reuters gave public access to the stark death rates inside U.S. jails and prompted Congress to take action

On Friday October 16, Reuters published the first in a series of investigations on deaths in U.S. jails, analyzing data on  deaths  in more than 500 top U.S. jails and finding the death rate has risen more than 8% since the last official data was released in 2016. After leveling off in 2016, the death rate climbed in the first three years of the Trump administration to the highest point in the 12-year period of 2008-2019. Using more than 1,500 public record requests, Reuters surveyed 523 jails f

The long history of speed at Reuters

Since Baron Julius Reuter first used carrier pigeons to deliver stock market prices in 1850, speed has been at the heart of Reuters News. From the siege of Mafeking to the fall of the Berlin Wall to Facebook’s IPO, Reuters has been fast and first on the biggest news stories around the world for nearly 170 years.

“To be trusted, you have to be trustworthy,” Reuters Editor-in-Chief Stephen J. Adler explains at FT’s Future of News conference

At the FT’s Future of News conference on Wednesday, Reuters Editor-in-Chief Stephen J. Adler stressed that in order to be a trusted news organization, “you must be trustworthy.” There are certain fundamentals, Adler said:  “Start with an open mind, provide a fair opportunity to comment, be transparent about what you don't know as well as what you do know, and correct any mistakes fast and fully.”

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