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10 journalists you should be following on TikTok in 2023

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Panel with a selection of journalists to follow on TikTok
Sophia Smith Galer (centre): London-based journalist got a ‘Innovation of the Year’ award for her pioneering use of TikTok

The average person spends 147 minutes per day on social media, scrolling through random videos, photos, and memes.

Our grandparents will say that this screen time is ruining our social lives and making the new generation unintelligent – and I will be the first to admit that some of the content I consume is pointless and strictly for mild entertainment. However, the social media landscape is changing.

Gen Zers (majority of TikTok’s users are aged between 18-24) are increasingly using TikTok as a personalised search engine to learn about the world and broaden their own horizons. TikTok is becoming Gen Z’s main source of information.

Richard Branson once said “Don’t become a slave to technology — manage your phone, don’t let it manage you.” TikTok is helping Gen Z embrace this quote’s mindset.

Not only are TikTokers learning about the latest money-saving methods, receiving information on safe abortions, raising awareness on child safety and listening to opera music, but they are also “reading the news”. More and more teens are turning to social media for their daily news content.

Meet the journalists on Tik Tok working hard to bring the news from the world to your smartphone in easily accessible, quick, and fun versions.

The explanatory one: Sophia Smith Galer

The winner of the British Journalism Awards Innovation of the Year 2021 presents breaking news and fun insights on a variety of topics on her page. She dives deeper into popular media topics to give clear and insightful explanations. For example, one of her popular videos is titled, “If Boris Johnson has resigned, why is he still PM?” Since 2020, her TikTok work has become extremely popular, with over 400.000 followers.

@sophiasmithgaler

What are Queen Elizabeth II and King Charles III called where you live? #queen #kingcharles #languages #names #learnontiktok

♬ Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence – Ryuichi Sakamoto

The radio broadcaster: Victoria Derbyshire

“Her TikTok channel is not ordinary like other news channels. Derbyshire is the only one speaking in all her videos with a polite voice and smart gestures. Her way of reciting news will excite you to know more about a particular topic. You can stay updated about everything happening all around the world just by following her and clicking for daily notifications on TikTok.”

Isaac Robertson – Fitness trainer & Co-Founder at Totalshape

Using a newscaster style of presenting, Victoria Derbyshire brings combines television news with social media styles to create catchy, interesting, and useful content. The UK-focused content creator produces popular videos including “Covid’s on the rise again” or “BREAKING: Russia has attacked Ukraine”. 

The intriguing one: Gully Burrows

Burrows is a former Mirror journalist who during the coronavirus pandemic became one of the most followed journalists in the world on TikTok. He is followed by nearly half a million people and his videos have been watched more than 100 million times. Burrows has moved from London to Abu Dhabi to work in the UAE as a journalist. His most viral videos are “The world’s most dangerous places”, “Places you’ll never visit”, and “What will happen when the Queen dies”. Most of his videos follow one of these three topics, with many parts for each one. His quirky, bitesize news stories have captivated the Gen Z audience.

The unlikely TikToker: Max Foster

Max Foster, a CNN journalist, is a frequent user of TikTok, where he shares personal perspectives on current events and displays his reporter life behind the scenes. His UK-focused TikTok profile establishes a connection with his audience through meme-style TikTok sounds to give commentary on current events. A fan favourite is a video titled “UK energy bills expected to more than double”, with Foster looking sad as the Titanic theme song plays in the background. These types of videos brilliantly contrast his other, more serious news-style videos with lighthearted playfulness. Both styles are equally engrossing, which is why he gets between 300 thousand to 3 million views on each video.

The Science-y one: Cleo Abram

“Cleo Abram is a fantastic technology reporter who’s produced wildly popular series around topics like NFT’s, science and crypto. She also uses animations and graphics to further help illustrate her points and is periodically producing quality content for her followers on TikTok.”

Datha Santomieri – Co-founder at insurance agency Steadily

Abram’s focus on science and technology encompasses a wide variety of content topics like: nuclear fusion explained, artificial wombs, or the big bang. The self-titled independent video journalist’s soft-voiced, calm, and clear explanations of complex topics can get anyone hooked. With 1.2 million followers and counting, this pretty science nerd is dropping knowledge on TikTok in a fun and captivating way. If you ever wanted to learn about why your dog’s age isn’t what you think, follow Cleo Abram.

@cleoabram

Reply to @zoidbergs_diploma how scientists came up with this new dog age chart #learnontiktok #askcleo #hugeiftrue #dogsoftiktok #greenscreen

♬ Blue Blood – Heinz Kiessling & Various Artists

The Anchor Voice one: Jeannette Reyes

“I think everyone should have a look at Jeannette Reyes’ page! She has over 1,2M followers on TikTok. Jeannette is an Afro-Latina FOX5 morning news anchor and she likes to show a behind-the-scenes look at her life as a journalist. She TikToks her way through her working day, which I find very interesting. She uses her signature journalist body language to talk about little everyday things. She’s very entertaining and funny and always shares useful content. Highly recommended!”

Cornelius Fichtner – Entrepreneur at PM Exam Simulator

The US-based content creates short videos from her everyday life, similar to an ordinary TikTok influencer. Instead of highlighting the news, she takes a different approach and gives insights into her personal life. She first went viral by posting her famous “News Anchor Voice” content. Reyes also creates funny and informative content like “The Different Types of Reporters”, “Random Facts about TV News Life”, and “Morning Sickness: What worked and what didn’t”. Reyes was even named one of Washingtonian’s DC TikTok Stars.

@msnewslady

Answer to @ciera_lewis17 the short answer is…

♬ original sound – msnewslady

The Behind-the-Scenes one: Megan Healy

Based in San Diego, Megan Healy’s account has a whole host of behind-the-scenes videos – if you’ve ever wanted to try and read a prompter or autocue machine, there’s a chance to try it out at home. The Emmy-winning journalist and 3-time Golden Mike winner is FOX5 San Diego’s weather anchor and reporter. Similar to Jeanette Reyes, Healy gives her almost 500 thousand followers a behind-the-scenes insight into the life of a television journalist. She also creates light-hearted, funny videos about her job, as well as answers questions on viral videos she has covered, how they measure wind speeds, and many other aspects of journalism

The journalist turned PR fighter: Marcio Delgado

Marcio Delgado is a London-based journalist digging through the weeds of public relations. As he “tries to understand PR people”, Delgado shares tips on the dos and don’ts of PR. Delgado is one of the few media professionals highlighting how the relationship between journalists and communication agencies works. His main content is on how communications teams get it wrong sometimes through wonky press releases and failed pitches.

The professional one: Sandra Gathmann

“Sandra Gathmann is the journalist people should follow on TikTok. She is a renowned journalist from Al Jazeera who does short videos explaining current events and historical moments that have shaped the world as it is today. With her videos not lasting more than 12 minutes, she analyzes and explains how issues such as the Ukrainian invasion began and why it happened.”

Ryan Yount – Founder at software company LuckLuckGo

Using feature-length videos, Gathmann creates documentary-style, deep-dive explanatory content focusing on the world’s current events. With only 1 thousand followers, she is rising fast within the TikTok news space.

@sandragathmann

Confused about the news? We have a show for that! ‘Start Here – with Al Jazeera’ (Look for us on YouTube) #news #trending #lifehacks #media

♬ original sound – Sandra Gathmann

The one who wrote a book about TikTok: Chris Stokel-Walker

UK-based freelance journalist Chris Stokel-Walker is a WIRED contributor and author of two books featuring popular social media platforms: YouTubers, about the rise of YouTube and the creator economy, and TikTok Boom, about how TikTok is shaping the future of social media. His work has also appeared in New Scientist, the BBC, and The Economist. For his 555 followers, his videos focus on TikTok’s rules and regulations, history, and characteristics.

@st0kel

He’ll be back… how @arnoldschnitzel made TikTok a big deal #socialnews #tech #celebrity #techtok #gossip

♬ Summer Fling – Nina Nesbitt

Bonus Round: TikTok’s Sustainability Experts

The Zero-Waste one: Kathryn Kellogg

The Youtuber turned TikToker gained her fame with a viral video of her zero-waste journey of fitting two years’ worth of trash into a single mason jar. Now, Kellogg creates videos on what she no longer buys, how to not waste food, and sustainable habits and activities. For her almost 300 thousand TikTok followers, Kellogg is a supporting, comforting presence urging people to become more zero-waste in their everyday lives.

@goingzerowaste_

Happy GoodNewsFriday! Did you know Jaguars are native to the U.S.!? 1) Singapore has launched a reforestation campaign to plant 1 million trees by 2030. (World Economic Forum)2) The EU will end sales of vehicles with combustion engines by 2035 to reduce CO2 (France 24) 3) Jaguars, aa near-threatened species, could return to the Southwestern US to repopulate and improve existing ecosystems (EcoWatch) Which good news story was your fav?? #GoingZeroWaste #ecofriendly #eco #sustainability #climatechange #environment #zerowaste #goodnews #sustainabilitytiktok

♬ The Light – The Fur

The Sustainable one: Morgan Cook

Morgan Cook provides TikTok with unpretentious, aesthetically pleasing content on all things in the realm of sustainability. She knows what works and what doesn’t, tackles sustainable self-care and household items, and comes up with inventive ways to be more sustainable.

I am a half-American and half-Czech professional tennis player, currently living in the United Kingdom. I have a bachelor in broadcast and digital journalism and a Masters in Sustainability and Energy. I am a news junkie, environmentalist, sustainability nerd and avid reader.

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BBC World Service chief resigns amid ‘deep concern’ about cuts

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Liliane Landor will step down in July after three years as Senior Controller of BBC News International Services

Liliane Landor, Senior Controller of BBC News International Services and BBC World Service Director, has decided to leave the BBC later this year, a note released by the British Broadcast Corporation informed this week.

According to multiple media outlets, Landor said she was “deeply concerned about the operational capability of the World Service if additional cuts continue to weaken it further” and has quit over amid fear that the BBC could be hit by further spending cuts. 

Liliane Landor was previously head of foreign news at Channel 4, but has spent the majority of her career at the BBC after beginning at the French Service. She went on to manage, present, and edit key areas of the BBC World Service, including a role as head of News and Current Affairs in English, before becoming Controller of Languages, where she was editorially responsible for all non-English language services on radio, TV and online.

“The whole of the BBC owes Liliane a huge debt of gratitude. She is an exceptional journalist and editor. The BBC World Service is one of the jewels in the BBC’s crown, and has flourished under her leadership,” says BBC Director-General Tim Davie.

For BBC News CEO Deborah Turness, “In a polarised world where truth is under attack, Liliane has led our BBC World Service teams with real courage. She has been a global ambassador for our powerful and important journalism, and has worked with great skill to modernise World Service output to reach digital audiences. Liliane is a person of great integrity and I will miss her wisdom very much.”

In 2022 the World Service was forced to cut 382 jobs as part of its plans to move to a digital-led service, that would save around £28.5m. 

Several media professionals shared messages of support to Landor, after learning about her decision to quit the BBC. Comms director and ex BBC news staff member, Clare Harkey tweeted:

“So sorry to hear you’re leaving @lilo11- you’ve been a force for good in very difficult times,” and TV Journalist and Executive Producer Ben de Pear, founder at Basement Films, shared on social media: “Sorry to hear this a loss – and someone who understands the present conflicts so well – good luck @lilo11 – BBC World Service director to step down.”

“Serving as Director of the BBC World Service has been an immense privilege. To have been entrusted with leading a global service relied upon by hundreds of millions worldwide is humbling and the greatest honour of my professional life,” said Liliane Landor, who will be leaving the BBC in July, 2024.

Liliane also founded the BBC’s staff network, Global Women in News, which remains high-profile and active, and launched the popular 100 Women project in 2014, being named on the list herself in 2016.

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Nimesh Kataria to join England and Wales Cricket Board as CFO

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Nimesh Kataria to join England and Wales Cricket Board as CFO
Nimesh will succeed Scott Smith, who is leaving the ECB after eight years in the role.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced Nimesh Kataria as new Chief Financial Officer.

Nimesh will join the ECB in April, and brings a wealth of experience and expertise in financial management and strategic planning. He will sit on the ECB Board.

“We are thrilled to welcome Nimesh to the ECB at an important time for our sport. His proven track record in financial management and strategic insight will be invaluable as we seek to grow cricket and become the most inclusive sport, whilst ensuring we put the game on a financially sustainable footing,” says Richard Gould, ECB Chief Executive Officer.

In his current role, Nimesh is Chief Financial Officer for WBD’s International Sports Division, overseeing Eurosport, Global Cycling Network, Discovery Sports Events and the Olympics. He also played a key role in the recent TNT Sports Joint Venture between WBD and BT. Nimesh began his career at Ernst & Young, before joining WBD.

“I am proud to be joining the ECB and hope to be able to play a part in growing cricket and helping even more people to fall in love with the sport. I’ve been a cricket fan my whole life, and while there are real challenges for the whole game in England and Wales to navigate, I’m excited by the opportunity we have to become the most inclusive sport and secure the future of cricket for future generations to play, watch and enjoy,” celebrates Nimesh Kataria.

In his new role, Nimesh will be responsible for financial reporting and business planning. His work will enable the organisation to budget effectively, control expenditure and deliver its revenue objectives. He will also lead key business services including Information and Technology and Procurement, as well as the Finance team.

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New study reveals the poorest presidents of Europe

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Nataša Pirc Musar, President of the Republic of Slovenia
Nataša Pirc Musar, head of the Republic of Slovenia, is the poorest president in Europe, study says | Photo: Matjaz Klemenc

Slovenia has the poorest president in Europe. Relative to average salaries, the presidents of Ukraine and Serbia follow closely as the second and third poorest on the continent. Across Europe, heads of state earn 4.1 times as much as the average earner and cost taxpayers €49.62 per hour. 

This is according to a new study by Slot.Day, who analysed the average gross salaries, GDP per capita and presidents’ earnings across 31 countries in Europe. The researchers used the latest available data from national statistics offices and the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), ranging between 2022 and the third quarter of 2023. GDP data is sourced from the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) World Economic Outlook, published in October 2023. Head of state income estimates are based on independent media reports, national legislation, government and presidency websites, income statements and official government communication. 

Europe’s poorest president lives in Slovenia. The president earns almost as much as any average employee in the country. The head of state has an estimated gross annual income of €44,701, only 3% higher than the current average salary in Slovenia – €43,342. An hour of the president’s time costs taxpayers €23.41 before deductions – one of the top 10 cheapest hourly pays for presidents in Europe. Slovenia is a country of medium wealth, whose GDP per capita (US$32,350) is slightly below the European average of US$34,710 for 2023, according to IMF estimates. The Slovenian president’s work is worth 1.5 of the country’s GDP per capita.  

Ukraine has the second lowest-paid president in Europe, relative to other average earners in the country. Based on official government communication, the Ukrainian president’s gross annual salary in 2023 was only €8,134, which is 1.63 worth of any average earner in the country. This is the lowest pay of any president in Europe, costing Ukrainian taxpayers only €4.26 per hour, before deductions, to carry out all their duties as head of state. Ukraine’s current GDP per capita is also the lowest in Europe, estimated at €5,245 for 2023. The president earns only 70% above that. 

Serbia’s president is the third poorest in Europe. With an hourly compensation of just €10.77, before tax, the head of state earns €20,564 per year. This is worth only 1.68 of the average salary in Serbia, estimated at €12,258. Serbia’s GDP per capita is the eighth lowest in Europe (US$11,301), and the president’s salary is almost double this amount. 

The presidents of Lithuania and Montenegro earn under two average salaries in their countries, while those in Croatia and Moldova earn just above this level. Finland, Latvia and Bosnia and Herzegovina complete the top 10 poorest presidents of Europe. Finland is the only country in Slot.Day’s ranking whose GDP per capita (US$54,507) is well above the European average (US$34,710).  

Richest presidents 

The richest presidents in Europe live in Bulgaria, Slovakia and Ireland when comparing their official incomes to average salaries.  

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