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How to use Twitter as a powerful search engine

Hello and a big welcome to our new subscribers from Politico Europe, The Walt Disney Company Bulgaria, Real Digital Media and many others!

We at The Fix are slightly fatigued by the never-ending Twitter saga – from in-depth coverage of the company’s layoffs to theories on why Elon Musk behaves in such an erratic and seemingly incompetent manner. 

All that endless coverage aside, Twitter remains a powerful tool for journalists that helps them do their job. Nieman Lab even started a catalogue of a dozen ways reporters benefit from the platform, such as finding sources and getting real-time conference coverage.

There is, however, at least one more important yet overlooked function Twitter serves – it’s a powerful search engine. Last week, The Fix published a guide by Alberto Puliafito that goes in the weeds of using Twitter as a search tool: finding deleted tweets, getting user generated content published around a specific geographic location, and more.

While Twitter as a platform is unlikely to die any time soon, the search system might get reformed, as Musk hinted – and potentially get less useful for journalists. In that case, though, there’ll still be Google and two previous instalments of The Fix’s advanced search series; be sure to check them out if you haven’t yet.
From The Fix
“Going English”: Russian independent media seeks new audiences when censored at home
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Targeting an international audience for an alternative revenue stream
Advanced search: how to dig using Twitter as a search engine – Part III
Alberto Puliafito
From deleted Tweets to geolocalised user generated content, Twitter is still one of the most powerful platforms for your search purposes
The sender’s name of your newsletter can make a huge difference in the open rate. Also, should you use emojis in email subjects?
David Tvrdon
Do you send your newsletters with the sender being the news organisation’s name or individual people? It may affect the email’s open rate in a huge way
Freedom from punishment
The culture of impunity is often associated with authoritarian regimes, but the region of Western Balkans has its own unfortunate record when it comes to crimes against journalists
Publishers: Learn to use “Why…” wisely
Hot on the heels of breaking news and initial reactions comes the time for explainers
What we are following 
BuzzFeed once was the most promising digital media startup, mastering content virality and social media algorithms. A decade later, it’s still around, but it’s struggling financially and is no longer a staple of internet culture. The Verge did a deep dive into why BuzzFeed has lost much of its relevance in recent years.

British magazine New Statesman created its in-house audio team last year and publishes three podcasts, including Audio Long Reads where “one of the publication’s feature articles is read out loud then published as a podcast that is about half an hour long”, Esther Kezia Thorpe writes. She looks into the strategy behind the podcast.

Publishers have used newsgames online for over two decades, and the format has become more sophisticated as the technology matured. Games that lean on journalism are difficult and expensive to produce, but they can be quite useful. looks into what publishers can learn from gaming.

Industry news
Protocol, tech news website launched by Politico three years ago, has shut down. The outlet ceased publication on its website, and its flagship newsletter will close down in December. Protocol was launched in late 2019 by former Politico owner and publisher Robert Allbritton with a goal to replicate Politico’s success in the field of tech coverage. But Protocol “never had much luck”, as CNN’s Oliver Darcy puts it – impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, by Politico’s sale to Axel Springer, and by recent declines in ad spending as tech companies are facing difficult market conditions. Some 60 people were working for Protocol. Many will be laid off, and some will move to Politico’s tech coverage, CNN reports. 
In other news about Politico, the company’s American and European arms, which operated separately since Politico Europe had launched in 2015, are being combined under a single top management team. The changes have come in the wake of the company’s acquisition by Axel Springer last year. In an email to staff sent on Tuesday, CEO of Politico Media Group Goli Sheikholeslami said the goal is to create “one transatlantic media company”. Claire Boussagol, CEO of Politico Europe, is thus leaving the company.
NPR News is opening its bureau in Kyiv, Ukraine, led by the broadcaster’s reporter Joanna Kakissis. The American nonprofit media organisation has been reporting extensively on Russia’s war in Ukraine, with dozens of journalists on the ground at different points of the conflict. The move follows other major media organisations like The Washington Post and The New York Times launching their Kyiv bureaus in 2022, as Russia’s invasion has put Ukraine in the centre of the world’s attention. 
Opportunities and deadlines


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Kim Wall Memorial Fund Grant. The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is accepting applications for the Kim Wall Memorial Fund grants. It will provide $5,000 (€4,800) for women and non-binary reporters covering subcultures around the world. 
More info:
Deadline: December 15

Berlin Scholarship Program: Empowering Journalists in the Digital Field. Reporters Without Borders Germany opened a program for journalists from countries in crisis or war. The participants will take part in a four-months training program about digital security issues in Berlin. The organisers will cover travel, visa costs, an apartment, monthly pocket money and public transport.  
More info:
Deadline: December 5

Fighting Misinformation Online summit. The Google News Initiative and YouTube, in partnership with the European University Institute and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, are hosting the Fighting Misinformation Online summit. The event will cover the threat of misinformation and how to counter it. The event is free and will be held in Brussels and online. 
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When: November 29

Job Openings

Director of Digital Innovation. Radio Free Europe/RadioLiberty is looking for a Director of Digital Innovation to lead RFE/RL’s editorial team on innovative ideas. 5+ years of experience in digital journalism and in managing teams is required, among other things. The position is based in Riga. 
More info:
Deadline: Open till filled

Eurasia Officer. Rory Peck Trust, a fund that provides practical and financial support to freelance journalists, seeks a professional to fill in the role of Eurasia Officer to administer grants in the region. You will be responsible for processing applications, identifying beneficiary needs and maintaining contacts with freelance journalists. The position is based in London. 
More info:
Deadline: Open till filled

Advocacy and Partnerships Lead, Africa Programme. International Press Institute (IPI) will hire an Advocacy and Partnerships Lead to build partnerships across Africa. You will develop and implement advocacy, partnerships and communication strategy for the IPI’s work in the region. The position is based in Vienna or remotely in Africa. 
More info:
Deadline: December 15
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