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Reuters visual journalists early at the scene in Strasbourg

Having both sides of visuals working closer together improves output. Yann Tessier, our global head of output, explains.

By Yann Tessier | Dec 18, 2018

Strasbourg Christmas market

The key thing when you arrive on situations like this is to snap off a couple of stills from the first police cordon and then shoot some video. You need quite a bit of video: try and get the noise, the sirens and the movement”

Chrisitian Harmann, photographer, Reuters

Best of the week for video news goes to two photographers: Paris-based Chrisitian Harmann and Strasbourg photo stringer Vincent Kessler for their coverage of the December 11 terror attack on a Christmas market in Strasbourg which killed four people and injured a dozen more.

It was a big success for Reuters. 

Christian and Vincent’s quick actions gave us a big win on the first coverage. Combined, their coverage was used by more than 1,200 channels worldwide. 

Gunman kills at least four people in French Christmas market

Don’t bother with stills cameras in that situation. Use your iPhone and mojo. It’s the easiest way of getting video in. If you take it on your camera, you have to get your computer out, mess around with cables and lose five to six minutes in the process.”

Chrisitian Harmann, photographer, Reuters

Good information helps too: the shooting took place at 19:55. Christian, a native of Strasbourg who was there on a private visit, was tipped off by fire brigade barely five minutes after the shooting.

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More riots

The Strasbourg shootings were the latest development in a torrid month for our operations in Paris, who distinguished themselves with excellent live and tape cover of what have become weekly riots.

Overall usage for our riot cover was well over 1,100 TV stations around the world. Digital usage was extremely heavy.

Deadly train in Turkey

Seven people died in the crash of an high-speed train in Ankara, Our coverage was anchored by an extended, spectacular live shot of the wreckage, complemented with casualty updates from officials, reactions from relatives and Erdogan’s pledge to reveal those responsible.

In all, the coverage was used by more than 750 TV channels worldwide.

Ankara governor says train crash was caused by high speed train hitting a locomotive

Yemen security

Yemen peace talks in Stockholm took centre stage as they wrapped up after a week. Extensive live and edited coverage of the UN-sponsored ceasefire set to take place in Hodeidah: this was the announcement and reaction.

Many thanks to our colleagues who have shadowed negotiators throughout, and delivered us a comprehensive file on what appears to be the first significant diplomatic breakthrough in five years.

We also moved timely Reuters cover from Hodeidah where we followed the ICRC as they distributed food and medical supplies to a population in desperate need of both. 

Yemen’s warring parties agree to Hodeidah ceasefire at end of peace talk