Published reports and news articles authored by Luba Kassova
Part two of a two part article series: As the Russians hit civilian targets in different cities around Ukraine, you wonder how Ukrainians live under this constant threat. In this second part of Luba’s conversation with three courageous women journalists - Angelina Kariakina, Ірина Славінська and Nataliya Gumenyuk - we learn that the Ukrainian in the room is always the biggest optimist. We also learn how the war can age one in a snippet and how looking beyond the war to rebuilding Ukraine keeps them moving forward.
Part one of a two part article series: While countries, including Britain and Bulgaria, are turning increasingly inwards - grappling with the mounting public pressure over the increasing cost of living and political scandals - the war in Ukraine is keeping momentum, causing death and trauma. It has been deadlier for journalists than the ten other deadliest conflicts or wars globally. In this conversation Luba turns the focus on three prominent Ukrainian journalists about their lives during the war. Their perspectives help to sift through the weed and appreciate the important yet ephemeral things in life.
This article which Luba co-authored with the head of news at the Ukrainian Public Broadcaster Suspilne Angelina Kariakina, shines a light on the plight of millions of invisible elderly women in Ukraine who have been forgotten or abandoned and who are often trapped, unable to evacuate. They are mostly left out of news coverage too. These elderly women require urgent support from the strained state health and social system, from international institutions and NGOs, yet the existing structural ageism across institutions and the media lets them down.
Luba’s father died from COVID-19 almost a year ago. This is an article-essay she wrote about her journey through grief and yearning since then - feelings which have punctuated to some degree everyone’s lives in the past two years, not only through the significant losses of loved ones, but also through the hundreds of micro-losses experienced since the start of the pandemic.
Ukrainian women are in the frontlines but nowhere nearly enough in the news headlines. In this article published in Foreign Policy, Luba Kassova and Xanthe Scharff from the The Fuller Project, expose the marginalization of women’s voices in the war story in global and Ukrainian news coverage.
In this article Luba Kassova highlights the high psychological cost that women pay for engaging in climate change news coverage using the findings from original research conducted by Richard Addy and AKAS. Find out how audiences in the global north differ from the global south, as well as three things news providers can do differently to alleviate that high psychological load of the story on audiences.
In this evidence-based opinion piece Luba Kassova argues that women’s voices in news coverage are muted. The article is written with the data-gathering support of Richard Addy and AKAS. Most climate activists and influencers globally are women, but the majority of activists and influencers quoted in the news are men. "By offering more female perspectives, from both the global south and north, journalism can expand its relevance beyond its core audiences, and increase its impact as a result."
In this article Luba shares new research findings which underline the struggle of journalists to engage audiences in the climate crisis story. She covers four existing gaps between audiences' needs and coverage, as well as three biases that are at play when facing climate change. The article offers ideas about what can be done to close the gaps between what audiences may need from climate change news and what newsrooms are producing.
In this article, published in the most prominent Bulgarian magazine targeting women (Woman Today/Jenata Dnes), Luba takes a journey back in time to discover hundreds of stories, some traumatic, locked in her family tree. She finds patterns of behaviours that have been unconsciously repeated from generation to generation. It is a story of and constantly emerging new perspectives, love, pain, admiration and forgiveness. Mark Wolynn’s work, anchored in the latest research into epigenetics and in the hundreds of case studies accumulated over decades, contends that traumatic events which have been hidden and not forgiven, become genetically locked within us and repeat through generations until they are teased out of the generational family constellation through awareness, forgiveness and reprogramming.
As someone who has shifted from working more with numbers as a researcher and a strategist to working more with words as a storyteller, Luba has come to realise how pivotal evidence-based storytelling is in the age of proliferating misinformation and big stories underpinned by scientific data. In her opinion piece, commissioned by the World Editors Forum, Luba examines why "not being a numbers person" does not serve journalists well in the era of climate crisis & the pandemic. The article was republished by E&P (editorandpublisher.com) and by newspapers.org and, as always, contains solutions.