At least five journalists have been killed, several others kidnapped, in this first month of the invasion, reminding us all of the risks of reporting and the responsibilities newsroom leaders have to their people in the field, as well as staff at home dealing with the war remotely.
In the last module — the culture section titled Impact and Influence — all speakers honoured those journalists killed. At that point the Committee to Protect Journalists had logged four deaths. It has now risen to five with the death of Russian journalist Oksana Baulina in Kyiv.
Baulina worked for several publications, including CodaStory.com, whose co-founder Natalia Antelava spoke in the second module about the risks of reporting from Ukraine. Here is a special report Baulina did on how Russia is wiping away the history of the Gulag.
Publishers outside as well as inside Ukraine and Russia have worked to keep the flow of accurate information going and to give subscribers and new readers alike access:
- The INMA Ideas Blog reported on Nobel Peace Prize co-winner Dmitry Muratov managing to keep Novaya Gazeta publishing against great odds.
- INMA blogger Camilla Brække, head of video innovations at VG in Norway, wrote about how the media company is mapping verified video from Ukraine.
- Fact-checkers from 70 countries have formed ukrainefacts.org to collaborate on getting accurate information out from the fog of disinformation, the Reuters Institute reported.
- The Atlantic reported on how the BBC, The New York Times, and other outlets are using other platforms and methods to get around Russian limits on access to western reporting.
- Rob Mahoney from the CPJ reported at Nieman that the Ukraine conflict was proving particularly dangerous for reporters, particularly those new to war.
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