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WSJ’s Gershkovich on how reporting in Russia works

March 31, 2023

Posted by Chris Roush

Evan Gershkovich

The Associated Press profiled Evan Gershkovich, the Wall Street Journal reporter arrested in Russia.

The AP writes, “Two years later, excited by what he’d learned at the Times, he wanted to get reporting experience and found a slot in 2017 at the Moscow Times, an English-language news site in the Russian capital.

“‘When you start reporting in Russia, you often hear that it will be very hard to get people to talk,’ he said in the Bowdoin interview. ‘And while that may be true of Russian officialdom -– though not all of it -– I have found that if you go looking for the right people, many of them want to tell their stories.

“‘Of course, some will want their comments to be from an unnamed source, which means, as a reporter, you have to make sure you speak to them over encrypted channels and protect their identities. But they’re out there,’ he said.

“Gershkovich later moved to the French news agency Agence France-Presse and then to the Journal.”

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