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Monday, July 4th
by The Fix Team

Europe’s news media TikTok leaderboard; Introducing The Fix Foundation 

Hello and a big welcome to our new subscribers from L' Express, Poder360, International Press Institute, Center for Investigative Journalism of Serbia and many more.

Last week, the longstanding tensions between TikTok and the US government escalated as a member of the Federal Communications Commission called on Apple and Google to remove TikTok from their app stores. The news comes in the wake of worries about the platform’s Chinese roots and its access to data about the vast swaths of its American users.

No matter how this story will end, however, today TikTok is an immensely popular social platform across the world, with a growing role for news consumption.

According to the 2022 Digital News Report, it is the fastest-growing social network in terms of news consumption. Among people aged 18 to 24, 40% use TikTok and 15% use the platform for news.

Over the past years, The Fix regularly reported on how news media can use TikTok to attain new audiences and increase their reach. Last week, we compiled an updated ranking of Europe’s top 30 news publishers on TikTok.

Compared to the last year, Daily Mail and Spanish outlet Ac2ality retained its two top leadership positions. However, the list features some new faces like French digital news publication Brut. and Italian outlet Fanpage.

Of course, TikTok is still used largely as an entertainment platform rather than a source for hard news. Even in the ranking of news organisations, leaders are often infotainment, sports or music news.
On another note, last week we announced the launch of The Fix Media Foundation. Its goal is to support the free press and innovative media in Ukraine and Eastern Europe.

Since February, we raised over €3 million to support Ukrainian media. Now is the time to look toward the continued success of Ukrainian media, so they can continue to play their important role in the years to come. 

Read more about our plans, and how you can support Ukrainian media, in our open letter. If you are interested in contributing to the foundation financially, or in some other way, please contact us at partners@thefix.foundation.
From The Fix
 
Ranking: Europe’s top 30 news publishers on TikTok
Anastasiia Shevchenko
Daily Mail is still the leader, but the list features new faces
We launched The Fix Media Foundation: an open letter
The Fix Team
We are building a more resilient and connected European media community
 
How DOU built a tech media – and created the largest community of IT specialists in Ukraine
Iryna Hoiuk    
DOU’s expertise in audience engagement helped raise $1 million for Ukrainian war effort in a day
The European podcast landscape is still years behind the US, although it might never catch up the way you expect it
David Tvrdon
If you watch closely, a new generation of news startups are increasingly relying on podcasts to gain younger audiences
The Economist Group: Digital drives double-digit growth
WNIP
The Economist Group: Digital drives double-digit growth
What we are following 
 
Maintaining international coverage of Ukraine is a key to further support in the country’s struggle against Russia’s invasion. However, the discussion surrounding the war dwindled since February. Columbia Journalism Review looks at “Ukraine fatigue” and what newsrooms can do about it. 
 

Bloomberg Green, a multiplatform news brand focused on climate change, increases its coverage. New video shows, podcasts and sub-verticals are a part of the plan. Digiday explains the logic behind the expansion.

Recent years have seen the rise of the fact-checking movement triggered by a sharp rise in false information on social media. In Oslo, members of fact-checking organisations met for the Global Fact conference to discuss the recent torrent of false claims in the US, Russian disinformation and pseudoscientific claims about COVID-19. The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler covers the most burning issues voiced at the conference.  

Industry news
 
Turkey’s government blocked access to public broadcasters Voice of America and Deutsche Welle. The reason is the refusal of these two organisations to apply for licences in Turkey under the country’s media regulation law. Critics argue this law is increasing censorship. The decision is likely to be challenged in courts.

As Reuters notes, Turkish media watchdog, “whose policy-making board is dominated by [president] Erdogan’s AK party and its allies, frequently fines broadcasters that are critical of the government.” Mainstream media are dominated by Erdogan’s supporters, but alternative media are available, and social media is increasingly being used as a source for news.
In the Philippines, the government ordered the shutdown of Rappler, one of the biggest independent news outlets in the 110-million-people country. Founded a decade ago, the publication has exposed the government’s disinformation campaigns, as well as reported on human rights violations in the state’s “war on drugs.”

For about five years, Rappler and its co-founder and CEO Maria Ressa have been under the government’s scrutiny in what has been called “judicial harassment.” Rappler’s founder and CEO Maria Ressa was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 2021.

Rappler is not complying with the order to shut down for now and will fight it in the courts. As Axios notes, the Philippines is now undergoing a change of presidential administrations, with Rodrigo Duterte being replaced by newly elected Ferdinand Marcos Jr. We are yet to see whether the new government will improve the situation with press freedom. 
Paul Bascobert, a former CEO of the U.S. newspaper company Gannett, has been named as CEO of Reuters News. The 58-year-old media manager has also previously worked for Bloomberg Media and Dow Jones (publisher of The Wall Street Journal). “Following a nine-month search, Bascobert joins Reuters News as the business rebounds from the pandemic and gets a boost from the return of live events,” the publication notes.
Opportunities and deadlines
 

NEWS-Journalism Partnerships Programme. The European Commission is offering a grant program to newsrooms and media organisations. Grant funding and other support are available. 
More info: https://bit.ly/3ygfN46
Deadline: September 7

Bruno Fellowship. Coda Story is accepting applications for the Bruno Fellowship. The fellowship will provide US$5,000 for investigative projects about one of these topics: disinformation, authoritarian tech and the war on science. Applicants can be from any country but must have excellent English.
More info: https://bit.ly/3OYxNq2
Deadline: July 20

Press Freedom Awards Nominations. The International Press Institute (IPI) and International Media Support (IMS) are seeking nominations for multiple awards. The awards recognize both journalists and news/media organisations whose actions have promoted press freedom and independent journalism. The winners will be announced during a special ceremony during the 2022 World Congress in New York. 
More info: https://bit.ly/3QZqU9Y
Deadline: July 11
Job Openings
 

Program Manager. International Media Support (IMS), a non-profit organisation that supports countries affected by war, human insecurity and political transition, is seeking a staff member. As a Program Manager, you will join the Eastern Europe team at the Global Response Department to advance free professional media. You will be responsible for the management and development of the programs and thematic projects within the region. The position can be based in one of the countries of Eastern Europe where IMS is operating. 
More Info: https://bit.ly/3y9zLgP
Deadline: July 24

Audience Engagement - Impact Manager. You will be a part of the Journalismfund.eu, a non-profit organisation that supports cross-border investigative journalism. As a manager, you will have multiple duties, from advising the teams in Journalism.eu programs to maintaining relationships with stakeholders. The position is based in Brussels.
More info: https://bit.ly/3NBlSO5
Deadline: July 17

Head of Editorial Operations. The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) is looking for a candidate to lead operations processes within an editorial team. You will be working across editorial leadership teams and managing a large network of contributors.
More info: https://bit.ly/3uhCd3u
Deadline: Open until filled 

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