We are living in a time wherein the news business speed is considered crucial. We journalists are under pressure to get the story quickly; better yet – get it first. But more and more, we are wondering, what is behind those headlines of the breaking news? Being young journalism students in Aarhus, we have hit the brakes and present to you our new podcast SLOW NEWS. We try to give you an alternative to the mainstream media, and more importantly, we give ourselves as reporters and you, our listeners, time to investigate and understand a news event in depth, seek out untold stories and present different angles.
We value meaning over mere information.
Our podcasts are uploaded every second Friday around noon.
Nanna Vedel-Hertz (Denmark):
My true passion lies within research, but what I have also come to realize is that research is of no value to the world, if it is not communicated in a way that everyone can understand. To me, that is what makes Slow News so important. Because it is a way to combine journalism with deeper research into events, subjects, cultures, and stories that we urgently need to understand. More than this, it gives us the opportunity to place these within the context needed to fully grasp where they come from, why they are important and maybe even what can be done to better them.
I am deeply passionate about understanding and fighting against inequalities within this world, and am on a never-ending journey to understand my own privileges and how to work around them.
Follow Nanna on Twitter: @VedelHertz
Juliette Freysson (France):
Tired of reading and criticizing mainstream media, I decided to put into practice my ideals of journalism: independence, innovation, and thoughtfulness. In the Slow News podcast, I will present each time a person of interest, someone that is not heard in the media but who plays a key role in our society, someone that will give you her/his unique perspective on the news.
Follow Juliette on Twiter: @jfreysson
Louise Rasmussen (Luxembourg/Denmark):
I have always been interested in human stories from different parts of the world. As a journalist, I feel lucky to be able to bring those stories to the attention of others and to provide a space for peoples’ voices to be heard. I have a special interest in migration and international development, and the human stories behind the big headlines of these topics. Slow news gives me the opportunity to dig into those topics and stories and take the time to explain them with the complexity they deserve to be told with.
Valerie Krall (Germany):
If I were to win the lottery, I would use all the money for traveling. I have always loved traveling, from the night before the departure when you can’t sleep because you are so excited for the journey to begin, to the way back home where you are sad and happy at the same time and already want to plan your next trip. Traveling for me also means learning and the more places I see and the more people I meet the more colourful, diverse and differentiated my picture of the world gets. However, traveling and living abroad very often also means living a rush life. That is why with Slow News I want to consciously take the time to understand what is really happening. And I want to take as much time to tell a good story – because, when you think about it, stories are what the world is made of.
Follow Valerie on Twitter: @ValerieKrall
Méline Laffabry (France):
Over the past few years, I was lucky enough to travel around and live in different places. By doing so, I confronted myself to many cultures and grabbed a glimpse of the complex world we live in. By being a journalist, this is what I want to keep doing. The encounters I made and my personal history encourage me to focus on women’s stories and refugees but I am always eager to learn about and cover other subjects. When I am not busy learning how to be a good reporter, I read novels from the ’30s, I drink wine and I dance to almost any kind of music (based on my own criteria: being good at it is not required).
Follow Méline on Twitter: @MelineLaffabry
Denitsa Demitrova (Bulgaria):
I’m part of the ‘Slow News’ team because, as a news consumer myself, I want to really know what’s going on in the world. But more than this, I want to consume intelligently-delivered, thought-provoking and challenging news. And this is what we strive to do here by taking some time to look at some topics in different ways. Flesh them out in relatable, human ways that get you thinking. Stay tuned!
Follow Denitsa on Twitter: @anthropolymath
Louisa Esther Mugabo (Germany):
Latest since my stay in the North Kivu (Eastern DR Congo) I am kind of frustrated with mainstream media. In Goma, I worked with local journalists who fight every day for their rights and also for international attention to the world’s most lethal conflict they are living in every day – but stories from the whole Great Lakes Region, such as from Latin America, hardly make it to the news in Western media who dominate the global discourse. But, I am convinced that also and especially as (future) journalists, we have a human responsibility. Therefore, I want to use this podcast to focus on underreported conflicts and other angles to stories hidden behind headlines. Because forgetting crises means forgetting humans.
Follow Louisa on Twitter: @MLouisaE and check out her website: www.lmugabo.de