A social media stoush breaks out between reporters at the New York Times and The New Yorker. The fight to keep regional news alive. The tangled web of politics and debt behind India's cafe mogul.
These are some of the stories that caught our attention this week.
"The Covid-19 pause is not inherently climate-friendly. Countries must make it so. Their aim should be to show by 2021, when they gather to take stock of progress made since the Paris agreement and commit themselves to raising their game, that the pandemic has been a catalyst for a breakthrough on the environment."
The New York Times / Ben Smith
In his debut column after moving to The New York Times, Ben Smith took aim at his own publication. This week he called out 'weaknesses' in the reporting of Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Ronan Farrow. The resulting stoush lit up Twitter.
The Atlantic / Helen Lewis
From Donald Trump to Emmanuel Macron, "leaders can make full use of their bully pulpit, but their opponents struggle to be heard at all." In The UK, Labour's Keir Starmer is trying to break through and he appears to be having some success.
Crikey / Kishor Napier-Raman and Georgia Wilkins
Veteran journalist Carol Altmann is also trying to fill the gap left by cuts to her local newspaper in Warrnambool. Her website, The Terrier, investigates local government and community issues.
“Local councils aren’t the tin pot things they used to be,” she said. “There’s millions of dollars being spent on projects, development … if no one is watching that, all sorts of things can go on.”
Nikkei Asian Review / Henny Sender
"With coffee plantations, slick cafe outlets and eco-resorts, V.G. Siddhartha was the picture of a successful entrepreneur — until his sudden death in 2019 revealed a tangled web of politics and debt."