How news organisations navigate trade-offs around building trust in news, coverage in exile of Nicaragua’s environmental crisis, and Cameroon’s unsung Covid-19 journalist heroes

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Depth and breadth: How news organisations navigate trade-offs around building trust in news. A new report from RISJ.

Exile, impunity, and covering Nicaragua’s environmental crisis. Most independent reporting on Nicaragua now takes place outside the country, via exiled reporters and sources who can now speak more freely. “All the Nicaraguan journalists I know have their backpacks ready to return,” said one. “To keep telling the story of Nicaragua.”

Journalists fighting the pandemic: Cameroon’s Covid-19 unsung heroes. The media men and women in the country are doing their all to disseminate accurate information about COVID-19 and vaccination.

‘Mistakes not malice’ responsible for most bad reporting of domestic violence. Campaign groups Level Up and Against Violence and Abuse have created new training with Women in Journalism to help journalists and editors improve reporting of domestic abuse.

The highs and lows of flying solo as a journalist creator in the Global South. Reporters from India, Brazil and Nigeria share what they’ve learned while working with platforms like YouTube and Substack.

Pluralis created as impact investment vehicle to help preserve the editorial independence of news organisations in Europe. Pluralis’ objective is to support plurality of news across Europe. It will invest mission-aligned capital and media expertise in independent media companies to support and strengthen investee businesses, and to help preserve the editorial independence of their news operations.

Content from our partner McKinsey & Company

The impact of ageism.
New research quantifies the struggles that midcareer workers—those 45 and over—worldwide face and suggests possible interventions to level the playing field. Listen to a new episode of The McKinsey Podcast where Mona Mourshed, CEO of Generation, unpacks a recent report.

Switched off: Afghan media struggle to survive under Taliban rule. More than 250 newspapers, radio and TV stations have closed in the first 100 days.

NewsMatch serves as a philanthropic engine to support local newsrooms. In 2016 the Knight Foundation launched NewsMatch, a nationwide US network that creates a pool of matching funds to help nonprofit newsrooms double donations from their audiences. It expects to increase the NewsMatch philanthropic pie even more by funding $3.5 million to NewsMatch for three more years. The investment also intends to help attract more local philanthropists to support publishers of color, who report on underserved communities.

€106K of grants awarded to journalistic projects about global health security. The 2021 Global Health Security Call is delivering grant funding and facilitating research opportunities to support in-depth journalistic analysis on the topic of global health security. Our team at the European Journalism Centre is proud to support 16 grantees (individuals and teams of freelance journalists) that will publish solutions-focused, impactful stories across France, Germany, the UK, the Netherlands, Italy, Sweden and beyond.

Pan-European newsroom launched. The EU Commission has announced its support for developing a “European Newsroom”, gathering news agencies in Brussels to collaborate in reporting on EU affairs. The newsroom will bring together 16 news agencies from across Europe – operating in 15 different languages – to facilitate cross-border collaboration and promote greater access to information and EU journalism.

The Local Journalism Initiative: a proposal to protect and extend democracy. Under our plan, policymakers in Washington would provide a lump sum to every county in the nation annually based on the county’s population to pay for nonprofit journalism within that county.

China surveillance of journalists to use ‘traffic-light’ system. The Chinese province of Henan is building a surveillance system with face-scanning technology that can detect journalists and other “people of concern”.

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