Two years into the pandemic, newsrooms around the world are dealing with another complex story of immense interest to their readers: the invasion of Ukraine and the implications of an historic shift in global security and economic risk.
It’s a story that reaches from the towns and cities of Ukraine to the capitals of Europe and on to the rest of the world with its implications for NATO, China, and the world economy: from food and oil prices to fast-spreading disinformation and strange alliances between various sub-groups — the right wing aligning with Putin and the left wing with Zelensky.
It’s time for the news media to think about how we serve readers and also help our colleagues in Ukraine and Russia to continue telling stories in difficult circumstances.
Here’s a resource, compiled by me so open to additions, of what I think are relevant links and resources to stories, ideas, and lists of things about Ukraine and Russia:
- Impact of sanctions: Track the impact of sanctions and government interference in Russia and elsewhere on this project from the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, published with the Columbia Journalism Review.
- How to keep reporting staff safe: Safety is critical for those sending reporters to the field in Ukraine, at least as much as it is for journalists themselves. Journalism.co.uk devoted a recent podcast to how to keep staff safe and how to deal with the impact of witnessing trauma.
- Verification and trust: Christo Grozev from the investigative site Bellingcat spoke to the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism about the critical techniques of verification — a skill central to maintaining trust and avoiding disinformation.
- On-the-ground coverage: The Kyiv Independent, created only months ago after an ethical dispute with the oligarch owner of the Kyiv Post, is determined to provide reliable coverage in almost impossible circumstances, with global support.
- BBC reaching Russia: The BBC has correspondents deployed throughout Ukraine and has kept its Moscow bureau open. Its military analysis from global capitals is top notch. BBC World Service has a new podcast, Ukrainecast, and is trying to keep reaching Russia.
- Resources for journalists: Here’s an excellent compilation of resources for journalists and publishers from the UK Journalism.co.uk site.
Ukraine and its implications for media were a feature in yesterday’s Newsroom Initiative Master Class on creating high-value journalism. Natalia Antelava, co-founder of CodaStory.com, discussed the Ukraine crisis and how media is responding.
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