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Monday, September 5th
by The Fix Team

Slowing down might be the solution

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Since Russia openly invaded Ukraine in February, millions of Ukrainians have been going to bed and waking up with news updates from Telegram channels, anxiously checking the security situation in their region. The pandemic has been a similar experience for people across the world, especially its first, most uncertain months in early 2020.

In other words, sometimes the pace of news is anything but slow.

However, at some points the barrage of news stories becomes overwhelming. Sure, some reporters need to constantly keep an eye on the latest developments and broadcast them to the world. However, many more journalists should quit trying to beat the clock, and the speed of Twitter.

“Slow journalism could be a solution to journalistic crises”, Italian journalist and media analyst Alberto Puliafito argues in a new piece for The Fix.

“Digital newspapers are full of content that is all the same”, he writes, and news publications should embrace the approach of choosing what they are best at and invest sufficient time in covering that, while deprioritising everything else.

For a more detailed take on how slow news could be a solution to the crises journalism is grappling with, check the full article on The Fix’s website.
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There have been a lot of articles covering Russian propaganda in Russia and abroad. But what about Russian propaganda on temporarily occupied territories in Ukraine? In Kherson, a city in the south of Ukraine, which Russians have occupied and are trying to annex, residents live in constant danger and fear for their lives, as multiple reports stated. However, the Russian local propaganda channel Tavriya shows a flowery picture of life under occupation. More on that in The Guardian’s report.

How to grow your podcast subscriptions? Top podcasters are testing bonus content and additional features to provide a unique experience for the subscribers. Digiday describes how QCode, NPR and others are experimenting with bonus features.

How to get Gen Z attention? Your mind might jump straight to TikTok. Pink News CEO Benjamin Cohen says that even though TikTok is popular among teens and young adults, there is much more to the strategy for the Gen Z audience.

The Washington Post has a strong presence in mass culture. Think about multiple hit movies based on the work of the Washington Post (i.e. All the President’s Men). However, WaPo seemed to be a bit behind on collaborating with big entertainment companies. This has recently changed. Vanity Fair reviews new partnership deals by the media giant.
Industry news
 
UK journalists embarked on the largest newspaper industry strike in recent decades. Staff at Reach, one of Britain’s biggest newspaper publishing groups that owns Daily Mirror, Express and other publications, began a four-day walkout last Wednesday as part of the countrywide strike over pay. “Having spent recent months reporting on how the cost of living crisis is affecting their readers, many journalists at… Reach say they are struggling to meet their own bills – and management is refusing to listen”, The Guardian reports.
The Washington Post, one of the biggest news publications in English, has been struggling with growth recently, particularly in the wake of a less intense news agenda followed by the election of Joe Biden as US President. Most notably, recent reporting by The New York Times shows that WaPo has fewer paying digital subscribers today than it had in 2020, when it boasted 3 million subscribers. By contrast, WaPo’s key competitors – The New York Times itself and The Wall Street Journal – have both added subscribers. NYT reports that The Washington Post, which is owned by billionaire Jeff Bezos, will lose money in 2022 after years of bringing profits.
Manana Aslamazyan, “the matriarch of Russian journalism”, was killed in a road accident in Yerevan last week. Aslamazyan is best known as former director-general of the Internews Foundation in Russia. She was forced to leave Russia in 2007, after the authorities launched a criminal investigation against her for a minor violation of currency regulations. Aslamazyan started working for Internews in 1991, around the time the Soviet Union collapsed, and as The Moscow Times puts it, “thanks to her energy and dedication [she] made the non-governmental organization the premier training ground for television journalists and executives” in Russia and other countries of the former USSR.
Opportunities and deadlines
 
Partnership
IPI Town Hall Meeting: Journalism under attack. The 2022 International Press Institute World Congress is kicking off on Thursday, September 8th, with a town hall about how journalism can survive under attack.

Journalists from around the world will discuss how reporters can take action and protect their sources when facing multiple adversaries. For a donation of your choice, you can join the sessions online.
 
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Partnership

Audience-Engaged Journalism Grants. The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network is accepting applications for Audience-Engaged Journalism Grants. The grant supports media outlets that want to engage their audiences in reporting. €4,000 will be given to applicants interested in making individual audience-engaged stories, €5,000 to applicants who will develop the cross-border story. Media outlets from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Serbia and Slovakia can apply.
More info: https://bit.ly/3TFlsdI
Deadline: October 28

Local Cross-Border Investigative Reporting Training. Transitions, in partnership with Journalismfund.eu’s European Local Cross-border Investigative Journalism Program, is offering an online workshop series. The closest open workshop will cover methods of journalistic investigations.
More info: https://bit.ly/3KGDfNo
When:  September 7, 14, 21 and 28

Job Openings
 

Hungary: Project Director. Internews seeks a person who will lead a project focused on independent media in Armenia, Georgia, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Ukraine. Part of the job is to oversee activities that help local media produce and disseminate credible content. The position will be based in Budapest or remotely in Europe/Eurasian region.
More info: https://bit.ly/3B8sBfe
Deadline: Open until filled 

Audience Analyst. The Telegraph is looking for an Audience Analyst who can help deliver editorial insight to its newsroom through data analysis and reporting. The position is based in London.  
More info: https://bit.ly/3KGgZmS
Deadline: Open till filled
Strategic Partnerships Operations Manager. Financial Times will hire a manager to work on the company’s partnerships, such as with FT’s owner Nikkei Inc and with European tech media startup Sifted. Candidates with relevant experience in media publishing should apply.  The position is based in London.
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