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Monday, August 8th
by The Fix Team

Ukrainian-language news in Europe

Hello and a big welcome to our new subscribers from Canal Sur,  LRF Media, The Syllabus, VPRO and many more.

The supply of Ukrainian-language news in Europe is greater than ever. Over the past six months, European news media have stepped in to provide Ukrainians with vital information in their native language.

That’s particularly true for the countries relatively close to Ukraine, where most refugees driven by Russia’s war have arrived. As Sofiia Padalko shows in a recent piece for The Fix, there are examples from Poland and Czechia to Germany and Moldova of local publishers living up to the moment and quickly introducing news in the Ukrainian language. 

For example, in Poland, “the largest players – Onet, Gazeta Wyborcza, Interia – have introduced solutions for serving Ukrainian content during the first week of Russia’s open invasion”. Some projects have already been wound down, but most remain active. 

There are still issues in how international news outlets approach Ukraine – for one, the coverage of Ukraine has not been sufficiently decolonised, with former Russia reporters being primary candidates for leading roles, as the debacle over NYT Kyiv bureau chief shows

Still, the support European news media have shown to the Ukrainian cause offers a valuable example that should be kept, built upon, and replicated in the future. 
From The Fix
 
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David Tvrdon
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Best media podcasts to listen to in 2022
The Fix Team
A list of eight best media podcasts to keep up on the rapidly changing industry
“Swiss army knife that keeps adding blades”: How publishers are using newsletters to multiply audience and revenues
WNIP
“People who do receive newsletters are far more likely to pay and to stay”
What we are following 
 
Subscriptions, ads, a mix of both, or something else? Dushyant Khare, a co-founder and a CCO at Few¢ents, gives his take on the subscription model trends. While subscriptions and ads will continue to work perfectly fine for certain audience buckets, there is a third "pay-per-unit" option that will help you reach audiences that have been ignored before. 

How do you sustain your readers’ money and still be true to your editorial values in times of crisis and misinformation? Ignacio Escolar, editor and founder of Spanish newspaper elDiario.es, felt the anger of his readers after Russia’s war in Ukraine started. The reason for some readers’ dissatisfaction was that elDiario “didn’t blame NATO for the invasion”. Escolar decided that he will not ruin the integrity of the media and will continue with their reporting, despite some of the reactions from readers. For the Reuters Institute, Guillermo Draper writes about how news media can strike a balance between keeping their audiences and keeping editorial independence.

Newsletters have been “the next big thing” in the publishing world. They are easy to start and do not require large investments. In 2022, however, it seems that the hype over newsletters has died down. Writing from an American perspective, Peter Kafka from Vox argues that while newsletters are not going anywhere, the industry is getting a more realistic view of their place and role.

Industry news
 
Instagram is paying media companies to post Reels, short-form vertical videos that first gained popularity on TikTok. According to Digiday’s reporting, “Instagram is paying media companies for posting Reels that reach certain view count thresholds, according to executives at media companies participating in the program”. The program is part of Instagram’s broader attempts to get creators to post Reels and wrestle with TikTok, an increasingly serious competitor for Meta. This money is not a meaningful source of revenue for publishers now (and likely will never be, as Meta’s previous attempts to lure publishers show). However, as Digiday reports, the payments have incentivised some media companies to produce more Reels. 
US digital media company Vice Media is exploring a potential sale to Greek broadcaster Antenna Group, The New York Times reports. Vice Media was among the several digital media companies that attracted high valuations half a decade ago, but it has recently been struggling because of advertising decline and other factors. Vice and Antenna have “a longstanding business relationship”, with Antenna being a long-time investor. The deal is far from certain, NYT notes, and Antenna Group is not the only company that has expressed interest in purchasing Vice Media.
The head of Greece’s National Intelligence Service (EYP) admitted that Greek intelligence spied on a journalist, Reuters reports. EYP’s director Panagiotis Kontoleon made the disclosure at the closed hearing of the country’s parliamentary committee in late July, according to Reuters’ sources. His service surveilled Thanasis Koukakis, a finance journalist who has worked for CNN Greece and contributed to other international outlets. Koukakis had previously announced he was monitored by the Predator surveillance software in mid-2021, having learned of this fact in early 2022.
Partnership
Don’t miss out on a valuable opportunity in the media world – the IPI World Congress. During a 2.5-day conference, you will discuss the challenges facing today’s media with many inspiring media leaders.

This year the IPI goes to Columbia University in New York. So mark your calendars for September 8-10.
 
Learn more
Partnership
Opportunities and deadlines
 
The Modern Slavery Unveiled Grant. Journalismfund.eu continues to support independent journalism that investigates human trafficking and Asian victims’ forced labour in Europe. The team of journalists will get a grant and mentoring support along with a training programme. Applicants from all of Eurasia or those whose stories focus on human trafficking in Europe are eligible to apply. 
More info: https://bit.ly/3xbfhVv
Deadline: September 15

Central and Eastern European Journalists’ Seminar. The Saxon Foundation for Media Education offers a series of seminars for journalists from the CEE region. It is a 10-day programme that includes visits and discussions on public and private media. This year's edition of the seminar will focus on crises and management. The SSM covers travel expenses, meals and lodging. 
More info: https://bit.ly/3SvvI7A
Deadline: August 26

2022 UNCA Awards. The UN Correspondents Association is accepting applications from journalists who cover UN institutions. Print, broadcast and online media coverage are accepted. Entries must be submitted in one of the official UN languages.
More info: https://bit.ly/3Q1vJ1v
Deadline: September 30

Job Openings
 

Business Development Manager. The Economist Group is looking for a Business Development Manager to grow sponsorship revenue for The Economist Events. You will manage the entire business development process and will be responsible for maximising revenue for a set portfolio. The position is based in London. 
More Info: https://bit.ly/3SsSrRW
Deadline: Open until filled 

Senior Audience Research Executive. The BBC Audience Services is recruiting a professional to join their Audience Feedback Team. Part of your work will include feedback from the BBC’s audience, conducting studies and providing analysis. Experience in analysing qualitative and quantitative data is a must. The position is hybrid and based in London. 
More info: https://bit.ly/3vGDG46
Deadline: August 10

Head of Strategic Web Partnerships. Google Online Partnerships Group, which specialises in building partnerships, is hiring a person who will lead the team and deliver results for partners of AdSense, AdMob, and Google Ad Manager platforms. Experience in publishing is desirable. The position is based in Dublin.
More info: https://bit.ly/3vIGVIf
Deadline: Open until filled 

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