✍️✍️ Job Board Update ✍️✍️ — Sept 6
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Hello folks, Happy Monday! We had another large update to the job board over the weekend, and will continue to add even more open positions throughout the week. Until then, a few quick bits of housekeeping…
A quick reminder that last week marked one year since we launched subscriptions for Inside The Newsroom. We can’t thank you enough for staying with us and making this whole thing a reality. We outlined everything we’ve done so far and all the things we’ll do over the next 12 months. Check that announcement out below…
That brings us onto our first Q&A of the new season! On Friday we’ll be welcoming friend of the newsletter Walt Hickey for a deep look at his career to date, including being chief culture writer for FiveThirtyEight, leaving to launch Numlock News and then transitioning to become senior data editor with Insider. If you're a budding journalist or seasoned vet, you won't want to miss it.
Next up is internships! On Friday we added more than 200 in the U.S., and will be adding a crap tonne based in the UK and Canada this coming Friday. Stay tuned. 👀
And finally, be sure to check out the return of Outside The Newsroom at the bottom of the newsletter. As always, Sophie has excellently dissected the most important news from around the world over the past seven days.
Okay, jobs, internships and world news below. See you again on Friday!
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Outside The Newsroom 🗺️
Poland State of Emergency: Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki introduced a state of emergency on the Polish border with Belarus, in order to prevent migrants crossing into Poland illegally. The measure is the first of its kind since communist rule in 1981.
France, UK and Germany Propose Kabul 'Safe Zone': French President Emmanuel Macron announced that France, along with the UK and Germany, is working on a UN-proposed “safe zone” in Kabul. The aim is to give those fleeing Afghanistan a safe passage, and to pressure the Taliban to respect humanitarian concerns.
Paris 30kph Speed Limit to Cut Emissions: With a view to reducing pollution and improving road safety, French authorities are reducing the speed limit to 30kph (19 mph) on almost all of the city's roads. Critics say worse rush-hour traffic jams could increase greenhouse gas emissions.
Greece Completes Turkey Border Wall: Amid increasing concerns that the Taliban’s move to reclaim Afghanistan could prompt a surge in European asylum seekers, Greece has finished constructing a 40-kilometer-long (25 mile) wall along its Turkish border to stem the flow of migrants.
Hotel App to Show Staff Working Conditions: A Spanish trade union formed of women hotel workers is setting up its own booking platform to allow customers to book hotels based on staff working conditions. The union tried and failed to persuade Booking.com and TripAdvisor to do so. The union demands equal pay, health and safety compliance, employment of vulnerable people and in-house chambermaids.
Middle East 🌍
Missile and Drone Attack Kills 30 in Yemen: At least 30 troops have been killed and 65 wounded in a ballistic missile and drone attack against a key military base in southern Yemen. The attack, which officials blame on Houthi rebels, has been dubbed one of the deadliest in recent years of civil war.
Ancient Four-Legged Whale Identified in Egypt: Having analysed a partial skeleton found in an Egyptian desert, scientists at Mansoura University identified a new species of four-legged whale thought to have lived approximately 43 million years ago. The whale is estimated to have weighed 600kg and measured three meters (10ft).
Lebanon Turns to Renewable Energy: Lebanon’s devastating fuel crisis has prompted wealthy citizens and industries to turn to alternative energy such as solar instead of the traditional power grid. Despite the boom, however, the cost of renewable energy equipment continues to make it inaccessible for many of the country's lower-income citizens.
U.S. Officially Ends Longest War: Amid a desperate scramble to evacuate, the departure of the last U.S. airplane from Afghanistan brought an end to the longest war in U.S. history. Despite being deeply criticized for withdrawing troops, U.S. President Joe Biden fiercely defended his decision.
UK Forced to Engage With Taliban: With hundreds of British nationals and thousands of Afghans eligible for resettlement in the UK currently trapped in Afghanistan, the UK has dispatched a spy chief to talk directly to the Taliban in Qatar. The government had previously denied they had direct high-level contact with the insurgent group.
South Africa World’s Highest Unemployment Rates: Unemployment rates in South Africa have surged to 34.4 percent, the highest on a list of 82 countries tracked by Bloomberg. The soaring joblessness is thought to have been provoked by pandemic restrictions, deadly riots and looting over the arrest of former president Jacob Zuma.
South Sudan Anti-Government Protests: Nationwide anti-government protests are scheduled in South Sudan, organized by the People’s Coalition for Civil Action. They claim the government has failed to address the challenges of the South Sudanese people. Police forces have warned citizens not to participate in demonstrations.
Ivory Coast TV ‘Rape Demonstration’: A privately-owned TV channel in the Ivory Coast apologized after a man presented as a rapist explained how he sexually assaulted his victims, using a mannequin to demonstrate. A local human rights NGO identified 2,000 cases of violence against women in the last two years in the country.
Ethiopia to Build Own Facebook: In recent years, the Ethiopian government has developed its own local social media platform to replace Facebook, Twitter and Whatsapp. Social media outlets have been used as weapons in the armed conflict between the government and the forces of Tigray People’s Liberation Front.
African Nations Decry ‘Vaccine Apartheid’: Less than two percent of Africans have been vaccinated against Covid-19, prompting a Kenyan pathologist to warn of “vaccine apartheid.” WHO Africa director Matshidiso Moeti also accused Western countries of “hoarding” vaccines, which she believes will delay Africa’s recovery.
Asia Pacific 🌏
China Restricts Children’s Weekly Gaming Time: According to new regulations, Chinese children under 18 will only be allowed to game online for one hour between 8pm and 9pm on Fridays, weekends and holidays, due to concerns over the long-term impacts of gaming for young people. Gaming giant Tencent said it will roll out facial recognition to prevent children playing between 10pm and 8am.
Bangladesh Militants Sentenced to Death for Gay Activist Killings: Six Islamist militants responsible for killing two LGBTQ+ rights campaigners five years ago, have been sentenced to death by a Bangladeshi court. Militants targeted atheist activists, bloggers and minorities in 2016 to force them to flee abroad or go into hiding.
Muslim Hate Attacks Rise in India: Viral footage online shows Muslims being attacked by Hindu mobs in India. The commonplace attacks involve violent beatings and physical assaults against Muslims, due to religious nationalism and ethno-nationalism, say professors at Delhi University
North Korea Rejects Chinese Vaccines: North Korea has rejected a donation of almost three million Chinese-made Sinovac vaccines so they can be sent to countries with higher vaccine shortages, a spokesperson for the country said. According to a WHO report, North Korea — which has previously expressed doubt over the efficacy of Covid-19 vaccines — recorded no cases of the virus in August.
Japanese Man Invents Edible Plastic Bag: A Japanese man from the popular tourist destination of Nara has invented an edible alternative to plastic shopping bags, which, if ingested, can be lethal for approximately 1,000 local sacred deer. The new bags are made from rice bran and milk cartons.
Latin America 🌎
One Third of Trees at Risk of Extinction: According to a report by Botanic Gardens Conservation International, approximately 30 percent of the world’s trees are at risk of extinction — double the number of threatened mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles combined. The highest number of at-risk tree species is in Brazil.
Bitcoin Skepticism Grows in El Salvador: After the country announced it would be the first to adopt cryptocurrency as a legal tender on September 7, international financial organisations and Salvadorans are growing skeptical of how quickly the law was adopted and are developing concerns over its implications.
Brazil’s Record Drought Sparks Energy Crisis: A record drought in Brazil is threatening the country’s ability to generate hydroelectric power, as water reserves at hydropower plants have dropped to their lowest in 91 years. In Brazil, hydroelectric power is the country’s largest source of energy.
Post-Earthquake Aid Trickles Into Haiti: Remote communities in Haiti have waited up to two weeks to receive humanitarian aid, after a magnitude 7.2 earthquake killed 2,200 people and destroyed more than 7,000 homes in August. They claim the aid is not meeting their needs for food, shelter and medical assistance.
Bolsonaro Says He’ll Be Arrested, Killed or Reelected: Ahead of Brazil’s 2022 presidential election, the country’s current leader Jair Bolsonaro predicted there are three possible outcomes for his future: reelection, arrest, or being killed. Current polls predict his leftwing opponent Lula da Silva will beat him next year.
Thanks for making it to the bottom. See you on Friday for a Q&A with Walt Hickey and even more internships! 👋