One of the biggest global stories of last week was the very narrow presidential election victory of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva over Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil and the aftermath that ensued on the streets of Sao Paulo. Reuters had a team on the ground ready to cover the unrest as it unfolded, allowing it to be ahead in delivering video of the clashes and road blockages.
More than 1,000 channels used Reuters coverage throughout the week, with leading broadcasters relying overwhelmingly on Reuters footage.
“With the defeat of President Jair Bolsonaro, we were expecting protests, but not in the way that happened. Protesters began to close roads and quickly the city of Sao Paulo began to fall into chaos,” Reuters Video Journalist Leonardo Benassatto said.
Strategic planning lay at the heart of Reuters coverage, said Juan Ricaurte, who runs Reuters video operations in Latin America, as did having the right equipment.
A remote camera with a 30X zoom provided wide, sweeping shots of the unrest.
Drones were able to provide an aerial view of the clashes and go where journalists couldn’t.
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Heather.Carpenter @ tr.com