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Annual Report 2021

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Letter from the CEO

It was a year of growth and opportunity at Global Press. Meet the people who made it possible.

People First

Dear Reader,

As I write this, the omicron peak appears to have passed, or so they say. As we all weigh the pros and cons of setting foot out of our doors each day, we’re reminded that we live in a changed world that is both indescribable and familiar. Yet, amid the madness that is now, Global Press has progress and hope to share.

Over the last two years, Global Press reporters have made a pronounced entry into the lives of millions of readers who have come to rely on their coverage. But who are those readers? In 2021, we invested in learning more about them. We conducted audience research in key countries, including Zimbabwe, Mexico and, for the first time, the United States. What we learned was powerful — life-affirming, even: Disaster-driven narratives aren’t compelling now. When the whole world is dying, the old trope of “if it bleeds, it leads” falls flat. And in this moment, readers are looking to a new corps of reporters, those with the proximity and the access to tell accurate and inclusive stories about our world.

As a result, Global Press Journal saw direct readership and news partnerships grow in nearly every coverage country, where readers were hungry for the stories beyond the 24-hour cycle. Our research affirmed that we are serving an important and under-served global audience too — some 65% of regular U.S.-based readers have significant international connection to one or more Global Press Journal coverage countries, identifying as members of diaspora, migrant or refugee communities. In the years ahead, we will continue to invest in serving these important communities, doing what the great Carroll Bogert of the Marshall Project calls choosing to “prioritize audiences you can’t monetize.”

From Left: Aline Suárez del Real, Global Press Mexico; Patricia Lindrio, Global Press Uganda; Vijayatharsiny Thinesh, Global Press Sri Lanka; Kudzai Mazvarirwofa, Global Press Zimbabwe

Prioritization has become a critical skill in the pandemic era. I’m proud that Global Press was built to prioritize a simple but all-too-uncommon premise — exceptional journalism requires exceptional journalism jobs. Duty of Care and person-first employment remain the key ingredients in our success. Throughout the trials of the last two years, our reporters have excelled, knowing they will always have free, unlimited access to mental health services, PPE, strong salaries, health benefits and the autonomy to determine their own risk profiles. 

Audience data and journalist security are two important topics in this annual report. But my goal this year is to bring you beyond the numbers and headlines. I’m inviting you inside the organization to meet the exceptional people who make Global Press what she has become today. It’s my pleasure to introduce you to this one-of-a-kind team of reporters and changemakers who work to create dignified, precise journalism every day.

I am grateful for each of them, and for each of you. Your support has enabled us to meet this moment with courage and conviction.

Cristi Hegranes
Global Press CEO & Founder
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The Journalism

Global Press Journal welcomed a dozen new editors who partnered with reporters to produce world-changing journalism.

Reporting Consequence

While the world lurched through a second year of the pandemic, Global Press Journal published some of its strongest work yet.

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Coverage Highlights

Readers across the world come to Global Press Journal for its unique approach to global coverage.
Here's what makes our journalism stand out: 

relevant

MEXICO

Citizens Fear Police Brutality, Police Fear Violent Reprisals

By Patricia Zavala Gutiérrez and Lilette A. Contreras

Global Press Journal stories delve into the most pressing global issues, from vaccine disparities to the relationship between citizens and those charged with protecting them.

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

Traditional Healers Hinder COVID Vaccination Drive

By Françoise Mbuyi Mutombo

In-Depth

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

Officials Trade Blame for Failed Volcano Warning System

By Noella Nyirabihogo

Global Press Journal expands on breaking news coverage to explore the origins of problems and help readers understand why they persist.

PUERTO RICO

Communication Towers Stir Outrage at Encroachment

By Coraly Cruz Mejías

comprehensive

Global Press Journal Senior Reporter Lucila Pellettieri has been covering housing justice in Buenos Aires for years.

Global Press Journal reporters live in the communities they cover, allowing them to follow issues as they change over time.

Nuanced

Global Press Journal stories go beyond stereotypical coverage of war, poverty, disaster and disease. They offer solutions to global challenges and unique insight into little-known issues.

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A Growing Team

Our editorial team tripled in 2021. A powerhouse team of editors worked with our reporters to produce impactful journalism under the leadership of Jessica Meyers, Global Press Journal’s Editor-in-Chief. 

Meet our editor-in-chief

Jessica Meyers

Jessica Meyers joined Global Press Journal in January 2020. She has worked for the Los Angeles Times’ China Bureau, The Boston Globe, Politico and The Dallas Morning News. Jessica has led the editorial team through some of the most challenging years for news organizations. She is deeply committed to Global Press’ Duty of Care protocols and has worked closely with reporters to ensure exceptional storytelling.

Under her leadership, Global Press Journal has increased:
publication by 20%
syndication partnerships by 38%
the editorial team by 450%

Meet the Editors

Global Press Journal stories come to life thanks to the powerful partnership between local reporters and global editors. Their collaboration makes stories interesting and meaningful for global audiences.

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Louise Govin
Preeti Jha
Kate Kilpatrick
Ndinda Kioko
Alizeh Kohari
Ashwaq Masoodi
Emily Neil
Nicole Neroulias Gupte
Edwin Okong’o
Ashley Powers
Taisa Sganzerla

Team Collaboration

What does that collaboration look like in practice? Hear from Avigai Silva, Global Press Journal Mexico, on working with editor Ashley Powers on one of 2021’s most read stories.

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Achieving Accuracy

In addition to collaborations with editors, Global Press Journal reporters are supported by a network of accuracy professionals, known as the Global Press Accuracy Network. Led by Terry Aguayo, our standards editor, who hails from the New York Times and the Associated Press, GPAN ensures dignified, precise journalism in six Global Press languages — English, French, Mongolian, Nepali, Spanish and Tamil.

Four primary accuracy teams:

Fact Checkers

Using a blend of online and offline techniques, fact checkers verify every fact, detail and assertion in each story.

Meet Jennifer Kennedy

“My relationships with the reporters are professional and based on mutual respect for the verification process,” Jennifer says. “I am reminded of why it’s crucial having professionals solely dedicated to fact-checking.”

Copy Editors

Using the Global Press Style Guide, copy editors ensure all stories are dignified and precise.

Meet Allison Braden

"As a copy editor, I serve Global Press’ goal to facilitate connections between diverse communities. By prioritizing clarity and dignity, I make space for readers to spend quality, uninterrupted time with Global Press journalists and their stories."

Interpreters

Offering live translation support, interpreters facilitate story collaborations in multiple languages.

Meet Etzel Ayahana Hinojosa

“The interpreter eases the way for collaborative reflections enriched by face-to-face conversation.”

Translators

Using sociolinguistic translation, translators translate text into their language of native fluency, creating precise language versions of all stories.

Meet Otgonbaatar "Otgoo" Tsedendemberel

"The back and forth between translators, reporters, editors, and fact checkers makes our teamwork more seamless and professional. I admire this about the Global Press work ethic. This sense of complementarity makes our work more powerful."

Meet GPAN's Lead French Translator

Ndahayo Sylvestre

Since 2014, Ndahayo Sylvestre has served as GPAN’s lead French and Swahili translator, supporting reporters in Haiti and Democratic Republic of Congo.

“To me, my role is dual. First, I act as a translator, as others do, by completing thorough and high-quality translation using the sociolinguistic translation method. This ensures that all stories and sources are conveyed accurately,” Ndahayo says. “On the other hand, I play a role as an invisible actor, helping reporters contribute to the mission of GP by making it possible for their stories to spread far and wide across the globe, especially to French speakers. I help them show people in different parts of the world that these communities can change from the world’s least-covered areas to the world’s most accurately covered ones.

Every single story I translate gives me a sense of hope that our world will one day become a better place.” 

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Inside the Global Press Style Guide

For the last 16 years, the Global Press Style Guide has been a guiding light for our journalism, offering rules for writing dignified, precise stories. Each entry is created upon recommendation from a member of our editorial team. In 2021, our Mongolia team brought a series of fascinating language equity and translation dignity issues to the Style Guide Committee. Here’s what happened:

bringing dignity
To Local People

When Dolgormaa Sandagdorj, a Global Press Journal reporter in Mongolia, flagged the English spelling of Ghengis Khan, GPAN translator Otgonbaatar "Otgoo" Tsedendemberel recognized her question as one that spoke to the heart of Global Press values: dignity and precision.

"The transliteration of "Genghis Khan" does not match the proper pronunciation of how we say Chinggis Khaan,” Otgoo says. He brought the issue to the Global Press Style Guide Committee. Now, our guide requires accurate transliteration.

A few months later, Mungunchimeg Batkhuyag, GPAN fact checker for Mongolia, flagged another common language issue for Otgoo — use of the term Mongol.

The term Mongol often carries negative and inappropriate connotations, including a reference to Down syndrome. But many people in Mongolia self-identify as Mongols, so Otgoo drafted a style guide rule that clarified when and how to use the term with dignity. “We’ve started to critically analyze certain translations to propose better versions of some problematic terms,” he says.

Now that both terms are included in the Global Press Style Guide, Otgoo says it reflects the evolution of Mongolian-English translation in a way that allows dignity for local people and clarity for readers.

Ghengis Khan/Chinggis Khaan

This is a deviation from AP Style.

Rule: Use Chinggis Khaan on first reference to Mongolian citizens with that name, or historical references to the founder of the Mongol empire. Do not use Genghis Khan.

Rationale: Genghis Khan is an inaccurate transliteration. Consistent and precise references properly serve the Mongolian language and promote reader clarity.

Mongolian/Mongol

This is a deviation from AP Style.

Rule: Use Mongol or Mongolian, according to source preference, when describing a person or a person’s ancestry. Use Mongols in historical references to native inhabitants of Mongolia and the region comprising today’s Central and East Asia. Use Mongolians in general references to citizens of modern-day Mongolia.

Rationale: Proper use of the term Mongol aims to dispel negative connotations attached to it. Accurate use of terms and precise references properly serve sources and promote reader clarity. Allowing sources to self-identify ensures dignified representation and precise identification of sources beyond border, language and nationality.

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Awards & Honors

From stories and design to individual honors and fellowships, Global Press received 13 honors and awards in 2021.
Here are a few highlights:

Best Homepage

Society for News Design

Awarded to Global Press Journal by the Society for News Design for "journalistic, visual and technical excellence" on the GlobalPressJournal.com homepage.

Best Practices on a Website

The Webby Awards

Awarded to Global Press Journal for "demonstrating unparalleled excellence across the Academy's six criteria: content, structure, navigation, visual design, interactivity, functionality, and overall experience."

Best Multilingual Website

MUSE Creative Awards

Awarded to Global Press Journal for “pushing the evolution of the journalism industry" with the multilingual publication strategy on GlobalPressJournal.com.

Meet Global Press Nepal's Senior Reporter

Shilu Manandhar

In 2021, Shilu was honored with a One World Media award (long list) and a Clarion Award for her coverage of the women waiting for justice from Nepal's Truth and Reconciliation Commission years after the country's civil war.

Shilu, who has worked with Global Press for a decade, is one of our most-recognized reporters. She routinely tells long-form and investigative stories that challenge authority and seek dignity for local people. Dozens of publications have syndicated her work. Shilu dealt with intense months of lockdown in 2021 and faced constantly changing restrictions.  Still, she produced exceptional coverage.

“In 2021, I reported on stories that were beyond my comfort zone," Shilu says. "I reported on child rape and child suicide. They were extremely difficult topics to write about and the interviews were heartbreaking. But these stories needed to be told to bring about change."

READ SHILU'S STORIES

“In 2021, I learned that even in the face of a pandemic, journalism must continue to thrive. Storytelling is vital now more than ever.”

Linda Mujuru, Senior Reporter, Global Press Zimbabwe

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The Impact

Global Press Journal stories sparked social change across the world.

Measuring Impact

From training effectiveness to audience engagement and sector-wide adoption of our standards and practices, we use an array of metrics to understand the depth and scope of our impact.

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Sparking Change

Global Press team members track how stories are used by educators, policymakers and movement builders across the world.

Watch these powerful timeline videos to understand how Global Press stories serve as a catalyst for social change.

“2021 was a year of great professional experience for me. Despite the pandemic, I was able to report stories that the world needed to hear.”

Khorloo Khukhnokhoi, Reporter, Global Press Mongolia

Meet Former Editor, Now Board Member

Stephen Buckley

What do both high-impact stories above have in common? They were edited by Stephen Buckley — a former Washington Post Africa bureau chief who has also worked at The Tampa Bay Times and The Poynter Institute. Stephen left his post as a Global Press Journal editor in 2021 to become the Patterson Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy at Duke University. Global Press is thrilled to announce that Stephen will join the Global Press board of directors in 2022 to continue to bring his deep wisdom and expertise to the organization.

"It's really an honor to be able to stay involved with an organization that's doing such thoughtful, inspiring work," Stephen says. "I'm thrilled to be part of its continuing growth and evolution."

Reporter Recognition
“In 2021, Stephen coached me through a bad case of writer's block. He has a way with people. Thanks to his patience, coaching techniques and expertise, I found myself being pulled out of the dark, blank space I was in. I began to find stories everywhere.”
- Kudzai Mazvarirwofa, Senior Reporter, Global Press Zimbabwe 

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Seeding Change

At Global Press, we create opportunities for impact by ensuring that our stories reach diverse audiences. We publish every story in the reporter’s local language and English, and we disseminate stories free of charge to hundreds of schools, organizations and news outlets around the world. Here are a few examples of impactful stories taking root:

Lilette A. Contreras, Global Press Mexico

Impact
In Action

Last year, Lilette Del Refugio Aguirre Contreras, a Global Press Journal reporter in Mexico, wrote a story about Mexican farmers upending tradition to reduce air pollution.

Lilette’s story ran in April 2021, when farmers were leading the charge to reduce pollution. The story was widely syndicated in the area in Spanish and credited for raising awareness about the issue. By November, the head of the city’s ecology department announced that they were going to follow the farmers’ lead by controlling the burning of stover at the city level by imposing certain parameters — including only allowing burns scheduled in advance and only on certain days and times. The city is also imposing fines for those who do not follow the new rules.

This story was produced in partnership with the Solutions Journalism Network.

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The Audience

Global Press invested in robust audience research. Now, we're taking action on our findings to serve a fast-growing global audience.

Reaching Readers

Global Press Journal’s audience has been steadily growing for years. Then, during the pandemic, the demand for high-quality international news skyrocketed and millions of readers found their way here. Throughout 2021, we invested in robust audience research — studying for the first time our growing U.S.-based audience and measuring audience growth potential in key markets, like Zimbabwe and Mexico.

Here’s a look at what we learned:

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In Their Own Words

As we dove into measuring audience size and engagement, we never lost sight of the fact that readers are people. People read the news to inform and improve their lives so they can better understand the world and their places in it. Feedback and testimonials from people around the world demonstrate the unique and powerful role we play in their lives.

Click below to hear directly from some of our readers.

Reader Testimonials

Click each button below to hear Audio testimonials from real Global Press Journal Readers.

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Serving Diverse Global Audiences

Global Press has pioneered a local/global distribution strategy to ensure our world-changing journalism reaches the people who need it most. We publish in six languages to ensure stories are accessible and that we are accountable to our local audiences. We publish all stories in English too, to serve globally curious readers. In total, we estimate our reach to be more than 20 million readers, whom we serve directly and through partner outlets, including newspapers, radio stations, newsletter distribution and classrooms.

Direct
partnerships

In 2021, we saw a 38% increase in republication partnerships, ranging from national newspapers to hyperlocal community news sites.

In 2021, news partnerships grew in every region of the world.
Here are some new partners serving readers across sub-Saharan Africa.

PML Daily

“It's been very beneficial working with Global Press and your network of correspondents in Uganda and the East African region. We are always grateful for the collaboration, which is the future of great journalism projects and media business sustainability.”

Alex Bagyenzire Atuhaire, editorial director

AfricanArguments

“Global Press Journal articles allow us to expand our coverage from the ground with high-quality journalist-led features on often under-reported issues.”

James Wan, editor

The Zimbabwean

“We have found (Global Press) articles to be immensely insightful and well-researched and they have been of great interest to our readers and have helped us broaden the scope and reach of our feature writing.”

Wilf and Trish Mbanga, editor and publishers

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U.S. Audience Research:
What did we learn?

The U.S. is now Global Press Journal’s largest country audience. In 2021, we invested in a nationwide audience research project, which included in-depth interviews, focus groups and a nationwide survey, to better understand who our U.S.-based readers are and how they respond to our mission and model. 

Who are our readers?

More than 65% of Global Press Journal’s U.S. audience has a significant international connection to one or more of our coverage countries. Global Press is building partnerships with media organizations in the U.S. currently serving or working to better serve these important readers.

Global Press is serving readers in the United States who are members of diaspora, migrant and refugee communities.

What’s our market share?

In a nationwide survey of adults living in the U.S. who say they read international news a few times a month or more, 8% of respondents indicated that Global Press Journal was where they went most often to read international news.

Respondents cited The New York Times and BBC as top choices, with 38% of market share. Outlets with equivalent market share to Global Press Journal included The Economist, The Guardian and Al Jazeera, with 8-12%.

"Now I understand how U.S. reporters sent to another country to report the news can lack understanding (of) the place's history and context leading to biased news that perpetuates stereotypes." — Survey Participant, API woman, 18-24

What kind of reporters do readers prefer? 

Given the option to hear from a foreign correspondent or local reporter, a growing number of U.S.-based readers say they prefer to hear from a local reporter who is from the location they are covering, citing source access, context and trustworthiness.

Global Press Journal's local reporters tested as credible or more credible in side-by-side comparisons with foreign correspondents.

What do readers think about the Global Press Style Guide? 

When compared to mainstream international coverage that does not use the Global Press Style Guide, two-thirds of respondents said they prefer sentences written with our guide because it makes the stories clearer, more interesting and more meaningful.

0% of U.S.-based readers could correctly define Global South.
That’s a great reason to retire the term, don't you think? 

"I’m ashamed that I never even thought of this — that all I’m getting is the tip of the iceberg in a story by foreign correspondents. I’m glad I now have learned about a very positive alternative." — Survey Participant, White woman, 55-64

More key takeaways:

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Innovation ranked as the #1 topic respondents want to hear more about in international news coverage.

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A majority of respondents said they often tune out international news because it overemphasizes war, poverty, disaster and disease.

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Ethical and accurate were the terms most used by respondents to describe the kind of journalism they seek.

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The vast majority of respondents were unfamiliar with the concept of non-profit news.

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About half of respondents said parachute journalism is an unethical or ineffective practice.

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The term reporter tested as more credible than journalist.

Learn more about how the Global Press model can replace traditional parachute journalism.

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What’s next?

In 2022, Global Press will leverage what we learned from our audience. We will invest in bold brand and partnership strategies.

Dial Fellowship

In 2021, Global Press CEO Cristi Hegranes was selected as an Emerson Collective Dial Fellow. Through this fellowship, Cristi and the Global Press team will be accelerating external communications, brand awareness and partnership building.

News Partnerships

Global Press' new Partnerships Manager, Caira Conner, is already building exciting partnerships with media organizations serving or working to better serve diverse populations of readers in the U.S. and around the world.

In 2022, you will see the Global Press team sharing their expertise in new and powerful ways.

Here are a few recent examples: 

Walk, Talk, Listen, Ep. 69 with Cristi Hegranes

In this hour-long interview with Global Press CEO Cristi Hegranes she discusses her bold approach to building representative newsrooms in order to build trust with readers.

BBC World Service, Digital Planet

Lucila Pellettieri, a long-time Global Press Journal reporter in Argentina, was featured on the BBC show Digital Planet to discuss her recent coverage of tech workers leaving Argentina’s own promising IT sector in favor of high-paying jobs with global firms.

A Prediction for a More Inclusive Future

In December, Harvard's Nieman Lab featured Global Press COO Laxmi Parthasarathy in their Predictions for Journalism in 2022 special section. In her prediction, Laxmi boldly states that this will be the year that newsrooms learn to value diversity in more authentic ways.

FrankfurterRundschau on Human Rights in Nepal

When the German news organization did a long-form piece about child marriage in Nepal, the outlet turned to Global Press Journal senior reporter Shilu Manandhar to explain the context. An award-winning, veteran reporter based in Kathmandu, Shilu specializes in human rights reporting about her country.

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The Challenges

Global Press reporters overcame long lockdowns and growing press freedom restrictions to produce exceptional journalism.

Deepening Duty of Care

Since 2006, Global Press has invested in building the industry's leading Duty of Care program. Our program is designed to meet the specific needs of local women journalists, for whom extraction is not an option. This requires an interconnected security system that prioritizes physical, emotional, digital and legal security.

The pandemic heightened the need to provide comprehensive security around the world. Take a look at how we've responded:

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Security Risks

Reporting while under lockdown creates increased physical, emotional, digital and legal security risks. Global Press invested in ensuring every reporter had access to adequate PPE, contact tracing protocols, time off and mental health services throughout 2021.

Global Press Journal reporters spent a combined total of 991 days in strict or severe lockdown.

Argentina

244 days

Lucila Pellettieri, Global Press Argentina

Sri Lanka

241 days

Vijayatharsiny Thinesh, Global Press Sri Lanka

Uganda

179 days

Nakisanze Segawa, Global Press Uganda

Mongolia

106 days

Odonchimeg Batsukh, Global Press Mongolia

Zimbabwe

89 days

Vimbai Chinembiri, Global Press Zimbabwe

Nepal

60 days

Shilu Manandhar, Global Press Nepal

95% of Global Press reporters said their ability to report was hindered in 2021 due to COVID-19 prevention lockdowns.

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Press Restrictions

In many places, the challenge of being a journalist grew in 2021 as many countries used pandemic-related restrictions to curb the spread of information and restrict press access.

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Ongoing challenges

Beyond the pandemic, reporters faced other ongoing obstacles while reporting:

27%

Unsafe transportation

24%

Harassment while taking photos

22%

Protests and civil unrest

22%

Verbal harassment in the field

16%

Government or police intimidation

11%

Sexual harassment by a source

11%

Bombing or other acts of terrorism

5%

Robbery or attempted robbery

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Our Approach

At Global Press, Duty of Care is alive in our employee handbooks, editorial policies, communication tools and daily operations to keep reporters safe and healthy in a wide range of global circumstances. In 2021, a record number of Global Press reporters utilized the Global Press Wellness Network, a group of licensed mental health professionals who speak the languages of our reporters and offer unlimited sessions at no cost to the reporter. Here are some other ways we offer comprehensive security: 

Physical Security

Physical security is a focal point of Duty of Care training, which is delivered in each of the six primary languages our reporters speak. Physical security training includes situational awareness, stress-based decision making, emergency first aid, surveillance detection and more. In-person training is supported by a robust system of policies and protocols designed to ensure that reporters’ safety is prioritized constantly.

emotional Security

Did you know that journalists experience extremely high rates of trauma, stress and anxiety? Yet, mental health conversations are still taboo in the news industry and mental health resources are limited in many Global Press coverage communities. So, we built the Global Press Wellness Network, a group of licensed mental health practitioners who provide language-appropriate counseling for our team of reporters. Sessions are free and unlimited. In 2021, 75% of our reporters used the service.

digital Security

Online harassment is pervasive for local journalists. Keeping our reporters digitally safe includes training on the link between physical and digital security, source protection, hacking and phishing and ensuring digital security in both high and low-tech environments.

legal Security

Global Press retains both local and global counsel to ensure our team has ample representation. In training, reporters learn key laws, penal codes and strategies for navigating press freedom specific to their local community.

Meet Our Leadership

Cristi Hegranes, CEO
Laxmi Parthasarathy, COO

"It's simple — if we don't prioritize the safety and wellness of the incredible people telling these world-changing stories, we have no business doing this work," says Cristi Hegranes, Global Press' CEO and founder, who created and designed the organization's award-winning Duty of Care program. "Journalists perform a critical public service and they deserve the dignity of health and safety."

Global Press has prioritized Duty of Care since its inception in 2006. Then, in 2018 the program underwent an overhaul, with new trainings, editorial protocols and wellness systems built in. Cristi traveled to nearly every bureau to personally install the new systems in 2019.

"The timing of the overhaul was incredible," says Laxmi Parthasarathy, Global Press' COO, who leads many aspects of Duty of Care. "As a result, our reporters were uniquely prepared when the pandemic hit in 2020. Our program is considered best in class, but we still work to improve it constantly. In 2021, we made important additions, like adding paid miscarriage leave and increasing the number of counsellors serving the Global Press Wellness Network."

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Recognition for our Duty of Care Program

Global Press operates the only comprehensive journalist security program designed to provide physical, emotional, digital and legal security to women journalists working in challenging locations.

2020: Chester M. Pierce Human Rights Prize

American Psychiatric Association

In 2020, the American Psychiatric Association honored our Duty of Care program for its “extraordinary efforts to prioritize the mental health of journalists around the world.”

2021: "Remote Resilience"

International SOS Foundation

In 2021, the International SOS Foundation honored our Duty of Care program in its Remote Resilience category for “an outstanding commitment in protecting the health, safety, security and wellbeing of their global workforce.”

“From the pandemic to a volcanic eruption in eastern DRC, where I live, 2021 was a difficult year. Through it all, Global Press has supported me, physically and psychologically. As a result, I have been able to share important stories about my community with the world during these turbulent times.”

Noella Nyirabihogo, Senior Reporter, Global Press Democratic Republic of Congo

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The Future

Global Press made important investments in its staff and systems. In 2022, and beyond, Global Press is positioned to soar.

Investing in the Future

Throughout the pandemic, Global Press has taken the time to invest in key organizational structures and operations to build a stronger, more resilient organization. In the coming years, we will continue to invest in our industry-leading Duty of Care program and other systems that enable our journalists to thrive.

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Building a Stronger Global Press

Throughout the pandemic, Global Press has invested in key organizational structures and operations to build a stronger, more resilient organization. In 2022, we will continue to invest in our industry-leading Duty of Care program and other systems that enable our journalists to thrive.

Here are some of the ways we bettered Global Press in 2021:

Bolstered benefits for team members across the globe

In 2021, we expanded benefits and wellness offerings for reporters, including group wellness sessions, app-based wellness support, COVID-specific anxiety workshops and unlimited access to the Global Press Wellness Network. We also added new policies and standards to benefit all global team members, including:

  • Expanded paid family leave policy to 16 weeks
  • Added child care stipends
  • Created a paid miscarriage leave policy
  • Leveled up salaries
  • Added disability and life insurance coverage

Invested in professional development

Global Press offers all team members ample opportunities to grow as professionals. In 2021, we added new ways for team members to build new skills.

  • Launched a virtual learning platform for reporters, offering training materials in six languages
  • Expanded leadership coaching to all people managers
  • Offered skills development workshops and training on writing, database management, empathetic leadership, crisis response and more 

Built bolder systems

Global Press has a long history of creating strong global systems and processes that promote safety and organizational effectiveness. In 2021, we created even more exceptional assets.

  • Debuted a reporter policy and culture guide
  • Implemented robust contact tracing and COVID protocols
    in every global news bureau location
  • Invested in global human resources capacity
  • Created and implemented a board of directors recruitment strategy focused on representative governance
Meet the board of Directors

Houda Elyazgi

Houda is the Chief Client Officer at Saxum, an integrated marketing and communications agency. An experienced marketing and communications professional, Houda joins the Global Press Board of Directors in a pivotal moment when external communications strategy and brand awareness are key focus areas.

Meet the board of Directors

Nomzamo Majuqwana

Nomzamo is the Strategy Director of Work.co, a digital product agency. A systems thinker and designer with a track record for building innovative products, Nomzamo joins the Global Press Board of Directors to help chart the organization's strategic trajectory in the wake of recent audience and budget growth.


Global Press Board of Directors 2022
Michelle Swenson, Chair
Ben McKee, Treasurer
Linda Shostak, Secretary
Umbreen Bhatti
Stephen Buckley
Houda Elyazgi
Cristi Hegranes
Nomzamo Majuqwana
Geetha Murali

In 2021, long-time board members Anne Avis and Emily Kaiser completed their board service.
We are so grateful for their time and wisdom.

Created manager and director-level roles

In 2021, we invested in deepening leadership capacity across the organization. We added these positions:

  • Director of Global Expansion
  • Learning and Evaluation Manager
  • Partnerships Manager
  • Senior Visuals Editor
  • Wellness Coordinator
Meet our director of Global expansion

Sam Nesfield

Sam Nesfield became Global Press’ first Director of Global Expansion in 2021. For the last three years, Sam has been the program manager for global expansion. During that time, she devised data-driven approaches to improve representative reporter recruitment and helped to successfully launch Global Press bureaus in Puerto Rico and Mongolia. In her new role, Sam will bring her expertise in building local news partnerships to ensure serving diverse audiences is at the heart of all future global expansion efforts.

“There is enormous opportunity to build new GP bureaus in the post-pandemic world," Sam says. "It is a critical moment to ensure that more local women reporters can become the storytellers of record for their communities and the world.”

Reaching Donors in the Pandemic Era

In 2021, we rebuilt GlobalPress.co to be a donor-facing website to offer current and future partners the opportunity to connect and interact with our mission, model and strategic objectives. Watch the screencast below to learn more about key features of the site.

  • A watch page filled with more than a dozen videos, from a six-minute micro documentary to video FAQs recorded by team members around the world
  • Deep dives into key organizational ingredients from our editorial process to our expansion strategy
  • A live chat, an instant scheduling option and a robust diligence page that offers transparent access to key organizational documents, finances and more

Investing in Donor Relationships and Earned Revenue

After experiencing some financial setbacks in 2020, Global Press gained momentum in 2021, doubling its revenue and raising $5 million for the first time.

  • 98% of partners renewed support between 2020 and 2021
  • 63% of partners increased giving or made multi-year commitments in 2021
  • Grew earned revenue to account for 4% of annual revenue

Profound gratitude to our major donors.

$250,000 and above

Emerson Collective

Emily Kaiser and Gene Bulmash

Fondacion CHANEL

Kaphan Foundation

Luminate

MacArthur Foundation

Open Square Foundation

Yellow Chair Foundation


$100,000 - $249,999

Anne and Greg Avis

Channel Foundation

Humanity United

Wellspring Philanthropic Fund

$5,000 - $99,000

Auriga Foundation

BOMA

Bylo Chacon Foundation

Cloud Mountain Foundation

Dan and Gail Austin

First Dollar Foundation

George Kaiser Family Foundation

Gruber Family Foundation

Linda Shostak

Manaaki Foundation

Michelle Swenson and Stan Drobac

Mize Family Foundation

Seattle Foundation

Simone Otus Coxe 

Solutions Journalism Network

Stewart R. Mott Foundation

Susie Tompkins Buell Foundation

Taube Family Philanthropies

Tecovas Foundation

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Building a Sustainable Future

Global Press News Services, the B2B division of the organization, achieved new heights in 2021. After pivoting from a fee-based syndication model to free republication, GPNS now offers values-driven products and consulting services.

Strengthening the Sector

Led by COO Laxmi Parthasarathy, GPNS now offers three core services that takes the best of what's inside Global Press and makes it available to other businesses and organizations. From Duty of Care road maps and inclusive language audits to access to our one-of-kind photo archive, GPNS served more than a dozen clients in 2021. Watch the video to see what our clients are saying.

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The Year Ahead

2022 promises more exciting growth and even more revelatory journalism.

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People

We'll continue to grow the team with important additions, like a director of development and a managing editor.

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Places

After being on hold for two years, we'll begin to carefully resume global expansion.

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Plans

We'll draft our next strategic plan, 2023-2025, charting an even bolder vision for the future of Global Press.

We want to hear from you!

As the Global Press Strategic Planning Task Force begins their work of designing for the next three years, we're working to ensure our process is inclusive and collaborative. We're inviting any and all Global Press funders, readers and friends to take a short survey. Do you want to tell us what you think about our work and what you think the future should hold? Sign up below and we'll send you a short survey in March.

Epilogue

Dear Reader,
The world enters 2022 with diminished confidence and high uncertainty. But not at Global Press, where our journalism is stronger than ever.

We more than tripled our editorial staff in 2021 and will continue growing this year. We just brought on a partnerships manager to create new relationships and build on the increasing number of news organizations eager to reprint our articles. We’re expanding the visuals department as we reimagine storytelling. And we’re devising a social media strategy that will make us a leading source for all information about our coverage countries.

You’ll see and hear more of us this year in newspapers and on television as we highlight the power of our local journalists to gain trust and tell nuanced, accurate and impactful stories.

We’ll remain focused on the reporters behind these stories too. We’re expanding our global family leave policy to 16 weeks and adding miscarriage leave. We believe this public service profession requires strong salaries and fair benefits, and are committed to living up to that standard.

Amid all this, we’ll stay true to our mission: telling stories that go beyond poverty and disease narratives, telling stories of ingenuity and strength, telling stories the world needs to know.

Join us on this journey. There is hope for 2022.

Sincerely,

Jessica Meyers, Editor-in-Chief, Global Press Journal

Photo by Lilette A. Contreras, Global Press Mexico