Back with Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency) 5 Years Later!
It happens in life that you do something you really love, and that you are, supposedly, good at, then for some reason you cast it aside, but then years later you come back to it, take it up again in one form or another, and feel great about it.
This is sort-of happening to me right now, as you are reading this text. I served as the editor-in-chief of Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency) from 2008 until 2013, and now I am back as an independent contributor!
(It will be intriguing to see if any readers out there remember me! :))
Back in 2008, and in 2013, and today Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency) remains Bulgaria’s largest English-language media. And an influential international media. And a free media at that!
I really enjoyed my tenure in charge of this great media back in the days, not just for all these reasons mentioned above, but also because, first and foremost, Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency) is a cause.
It is the cause of presenting, or, rather, bridging Bulgaria to the entire globe, to hundreds of thousands of readers around the world every month, day, hour, minute, second and of doing that through free, uncensored journalism!
(Which is indeed an increasingly rare phenomenon these days – worldwide, not to mention in Bulgaria – regardless of the greater opportunities provided by the Internet, regardless of the skyrocketing global mobile Internet user numbers, and regardless of the omnipotence of social media!)
Since I believed in this cause (and I still do), I always tried to do, or, rather, naturally approached, my job at Novinite.com (Sofia New Agency) with integrity, dedication, and commitment – to the best of my ability.
If I achieved any meaningful successes during my tenure at this inspired media between 2008 and 2013 (and I did, at least with respect to the readership numbers, if nothing else), that was largely because I was blessed with two things:
A publisher who understood the universal meaning of uncensored journalism, in that talks is cheap but free speech isn’t;
A great team (which I assembled gradually) who demonstrated levels of dedication often unheard of at Bulgaria’s latitudes.
Empowered that way, I always sought to present all relevant viewpoints, and go in-depth as much as our resources allowed. Back in 2010-2013, for example, I did not hesitate to go ahead with the publication of WikiLeaks revelations from leaked US diplomatic cables about the “murky past” of the acting Bulgarian Prime Minister (who still is), and not just in English but also in Bulgarian on the Bulgarian-language news site Novinite.bg we had just launched.
The only other media at the time which did that was the source of the materials, the investigative journalism website Bivol.bg, which, in my view, is one of Bulgaria’s not so many national treasures and fewer and fewer pillars of hope. (For more my thoughts on free journalism, including the example set by Bivol’s courageous team check out this piece.)
(By the way, because of my tenure at Novinite.com, my name also ended up showing on WikiLeaks, check it out if you like. Of course, I would have prefered to be in a better company considering the leaks are filled with murky figures but here is to hoping I am one of the somewhat worthier individuals whose names do show up there.)
The five years between 2008 and 2013 when I served as the editor-in-chief of Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency) were a non-stop real-time streak of excitement, dedication, and commitment to cause(s) I believe in.
That was true from my first to my last unsigned news articles (need to seek out those); from my first editorial (Air Force Tu-154) to my last editorial (Bulgarians, Romanians, Give the Brits 'Tea and Sympathy', Plus Labor!); and from my first interview (France's Ambassador to Sofia: Bulgaria Needs Better Image with French Investors) to my last interview (Former Nevada Governor Bob Miller: Bulgaria Offers Huge Unrealized Potential to Wise Investors).
After I quit Novinite.com for reasons having to do with my personal circumstances, I dare say I did not abandon the causes that I had stood for during my tenure there.
While I have contributed in various forms to various international media (mostly from Germany, the United States, the UK, and Australia), and toyed with obscenely well-paid consultancy jobs, my heart remains set on these two causes – presenting Bulgaria to the world in a fair, honest, and creative way – for the sake of its betterment; and free, fair, and honest journalism and political and social analysis – for the sake of global betterment.
These two causes are epitomizes in the independent online media which I went on to found on my own, with the help of a single assistant: ArchaeologyinBulgaria.com and PaxGlocalica.com. (The latter was launched only recently, and yet it has already helped me generate monthly crowdfunding supporters on Patreon, and any new supporters are welcome, of course.)
The global media landscape and the Internet is now vastly different from 2008, when I joined Bulgaria’s major online media 10 years ago, and even from 2013, when I resigned, 5 years ago; Bulgaria itself – not that much. Or not that much in a good way.
Nonetheless, in the commentaries, opinion and analytical articles that I am going to author for Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency) as an independent contributor from now on, I am going to focus mostly on trying to offer you in-depth, objective (OK, subjectively objective!) interpretations of Bulgaria’s current events and developments.
As always, I welcome criticism (although I sense it might hard to go back to being scrutinized by the active users of Novinite.com’s forum, which could easily be deemed one of the toughest on the Internet :), and I do hope that you will find views, opinions, and analyses highly informative and useful in your understanding of Bulgaria and its politics, society, economy, culture, and history.
In addition to my opinion articles, I am also going to provide for you my daily selection of Bulgaria’s most important news events and developments.
In another rubric, you will also be able to follow my opinion and analytical articles and my interviews about international politics and international relation (in which Bulgaria also figures but is not the primary focus) via articles linking to PaxGlocalica.com.
The regular readers of Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency) have always been a strong community interested in understanding Bulgaria in-depth, welcoming its progress, and appreciating the spirit of its people.
And those readers from around the world who stumble upon Novinite.com on a daily basis still get to learn a lot, and often decide to come back.
With my re-involvement with Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency), a cause to which I dedicated years of my life, I am going to try to add a lot more value to all that.
Independent journalist and political analyst
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