15,000 miles from Venezuela to South Korea, Reuters video catch every beat

The unfolding crisis in Venezuela remains high on our agenda, with a focus on unrivaled quantity of output and speed of delivery.

By  Yann Tessier | Audience development | Feb 15, 2019

The standoff between President Nicolas Maduro and his rival Juan Guaido continues to captivate the world, with a total of 964 TV stations running one or more of the 46 stories that we put out last week.

VENEZUELA

This is where Reuters comes into its own: a major part of the story has shifted to Cucuta in Colombia – on the border with Venezuela. Outside of the Americas, unless you’re a big broadcaster, that’s an awful long way to send a correspondent and crew – especially when you’ve got to cover Caracas, the capital.

Aid is piling up on the border, but Maduro has so far refused to let it in, blocking the bridges from Colombia. We are there, delivering coverage of the crisis.

A search on Reuters Connect for VENEZUELA-POLITICS shows the breadth of video coverage from the region to our clients. There’s plenty of real-time cover coming out of there too. We’re across the speeches, the demonstrations and the diplomacy. But on the ground, we’re getting up close to the folk scrabbling to survive in a collapsing country.

The powerful story below shows ordinary Venezuelans flocking across the border to buy medicines: imagine having to go to another country for a pack of paracetamol.

Venezuelans cross Colombian border in search of medicine

One of our big wins was courtesy of La Sexta, a local news channel in Madrid. They granted us access to the material from an interview with the beleaguered president Maduro –– over 300 channels worldwide benefited from this courtesy.

SOUTH KOREA

Reuters was the only foreign agency to go LIVE and turn around a quick edit of U.S. envoy on North Korea Stephen Biegun’s arrival at a South Korean airport before his departure to Pyongyang to talks to discuss the second Trump-Kim summit.

U.S. envoy on North Korea meets South Korean Foreign Minister and counterpart

And finally, touching footage of a thousand South Koreans marching at the funeral of one of the last Korean ‘comfort women’ (Korean women enrolled as sex slaves by the Japanese during World War II) was warmly received.

A thousand South Koreans march at ‘comfort woman’ funeral in protest to Japan