A hyperlocal news site in New York offers a window into the war in Ukraine : Rough Translation A hyperlocal news site in Red Hook, N.Y. posts a job opening. A journalist in Ukraine applies. And what readers think of as "local news" is going to change dramatically.

"As Russians approach his town, 'the cat must still be fed.'"

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Pavel Kuljuk's cat, Dora, sits in a window in eastern Ukraine. Pavel Kuljuk hide caption

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Pavel Kuljuk's cat, Dora, sits in a window in eastern Ukraine.

Pavel Kuljuk

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About the Episode:

When Emily Sachar, the editor-in-chief of a community news site in Red Hook, New York, posts a job opening for an editor, she's shocked to see an application from Pavel Kuljuk, a journalist in eastern Ukraine.

Pavel has never been to Red Hook, or even to the United States, but Emily is impressed by Pavel's ability to dig into digital databases and discover "what locals miss."

Pavel Kuljuk shares photos and stories of what it's like living in eastern Ukraine during the war. Pavel Kuljuk hide caption

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Pavel Kuljuk shares photos and stories of what it's like living in eastern Ukraine during the war.

Pavel Kuljuk

As the Russian military captures more territory in eastern Ukraine, Emily asks Pavel to try something different, and he reluctantly focuses his reporter's eye closer to home. Even though the town of Red Hook isn't looking for its own war correspondent, Pavel's reporting brings the war to their community in a way they can't ignore.

The relationship between Pavel and Emily will shape not only what readers learn about daily life in a war-torn country, but how the reporter and his editor come to redefine "local news" in an interconnected world.

Additional Context:

  • Browse Pavel Kuljuk's dispatches in The Daily Catch, including his most recent update on Russian troops approaching Kramatorsk, and the column that first caught our attention, "As Russians Approach His Town, 'The Cat Must Still Be Fed.'"

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