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Building a journalism career in a pandemic: Q&A with Korey Matthews

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by Taylor Mulcahey, International Journalists’ Network The past year has been challenging for journalists as Zoom calls, layoffs and budget cuts become commonplace in the industry. But amid the crisis, young journalists are stepping up, ready to make a bold impact on the industry. One of these journalists is Korey Matthews, a news associate at…

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Remaining in the race when times get tough

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By Rusty Wright As an editor, writer, or other publishing professional, you may love what you do…and be very good at it.  But life can throw you some curve balls.  Opposition, financial woes, poor health, broken relationships and more can make you feel like giving up.  What do you do when chaos happens?  Maybe my…

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How Publishers Are Pivoting to Digital Events & Strategy Post Pandemic

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By Event Brite In-person events are a core part of the offering for magazines like gal-dem – a new media organisation committed to sharing stories and experiences of female-identifying and non-binary people of colour. But how does that work during lockdown? We sat down for a chat with gal-dem’s soon-to-be CEO, Mariel Richards, to find out more…

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USA: Wudan Yan talks about her experience covering COVID-19

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by The Coalition for Women in Journalism Wudan Yan is a Seattle-based journalist and has been covering the COVID-19 pandemic for different publications. She tells us that this is the fastest moving disaster she has ever covered. Her other work has involved reporting on environmental damage from palm oil and the Rohingya refugee crisis. We…

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Fact-checkers team up with social media influencers to combat misinformation in Nigeria

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by Hannah Ajakaiye, International Journalists’ Network The spread of misinformation around COVID-19 has demonstrated the power of social media platforms to give oxygen to misleading, potentially harmful news. This infodemic is especially glaring in Nigeria, where the use of social media alongside diminishing levels of trust in local media has fueled the spread of false…

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Japan’s Publishing Industry Sees Higher Sales During Pandemic

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By Nippon A survey on the publishing industry conducted by the All Japan Magazine and Book Publisher’s and Editor’s Association’s Research Institute for Publications found that the estimated total sales for print and electronic publications in 2020 rose by 4.8% year on year to ¥1.6 trillion. The increase seems to reflect the greater amount of…

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Surprise your reader

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by Carla Foote, Fine Print Editorial A great novel usually includes some element of surprise. The writer draws the reader along a path with setting and characters, and then suddenly an unexpected issue arises, or a character behaves in a way that surprises the reader. This element of surprise enhances the story and keeps the…

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How two Mexican media startups have survived the COVID-19 crisis

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by Sebastián Auyanet, International Journalists’ Network Digital media startups over the past year have dealt with major economic and societal challenges due to COVID-19. Two independent news sites in Mexico, Verificado.com.mx and La Verdad de Ciudad Juárez, have not only weathered the global health crisis — they’ve managed to grow their newsrooms thanks to well-defined,…

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Publishing during a pandemic: Finding new revenue streams

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By FIPP: The Network for Global Media As COVID-19 changes consumer behaviour, publishers have to go where the money is. With COVID-19 turning some revenue streams like ad sales and events into a trickle, publishers have been forced to reassess what the best ways are to fund their operations in the future. From ecommerce and…

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Pakistan: Taneer Ahmed talks about her experience covering COVID-19

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by The Coalition for Women in Journalism Dr. Taneer Ahmed is a Karachi-based health reporter for Samaa Digital. Ever since COVID-19 cases have surfaced in Pakistan, she has been keeping a close watch on the pandemic. We asked Taneer how she ensures the coverage of coronavirus to be factually correct in the midst of surplus…

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