Who started Global Press and why?
Global Press was founded in 2006 by Cristi Hegranes, a young journalist who once dreamed of becoming a foreign correspondent. But after being sent to Nepal on assignment, she realized she was the wrong person to be telling the story. And that local women journalists, like me, had the context and the access to tell better stories. GP was born from that insight. Today, our all-female reporting team spans 40 communities across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Together, we are working to reframe global narratives while repairing the lack of gender and racial diversity in newsrooms.
What is newsroom representation?
Newsroom representation is the staffing strategy that we use in each Global Press bureau to ensure that our reporters have diverse identities that mirror those of people in their local community. We consider age, ancestry, religion, tribe or caste, socioeconomic status, urban, rural, educational background and more. Representation does not ask the reporter to speak on behalf of specific communities, but rather leverages her unique access to sources and stories to create a rich and representative news product. Representative newsrooms prioritize accuracy and accountability to their local readers, ensuring all sources can recognize themselves in our stories.
Why does Global Press employ women journalists?
We know that there is a correlation between who works in the newsroom and who is quoted or featured in stories. Did you know that two thirds of all international news is reported by men? And just 24% of all news sources are women. Across the globe, women are under-represented. At Global Press, we’re making the international effort to employ female journalists. Plus, we give them the freedom to choose which stories to tell, that means they decide which stories are the most important. We are creating global narrative change. By changing the storyteller, we've changed the story.
What does it mean to be an exceptional employer of journalists?
Did you know that across the world, women are wildly under-represented in newsrooms? At Global Press we’re committed to creating jobs that allow women in journalism to thrive. Whether an employee lives in Washington D.C. or Democratic Republic of Congo, we pay strong wages, offer comprehensive health benefits, parental leave, unlimited vacation, professional development and access to our industry-leading Duty of Care program. Our team prioritizes dignity and diversity in our daily work. We’ve created systems and structures that enable collaboration across languages and geographies. Global Press was named one of Inc. Magazine’s best places to work in 2019. And won a Stevie award for Women-led business of the year. Our team is always growing. Visit the careers page to check out our latest openings.
What is Duty of Care?
Across the global media landscape, there is a demonstrated lack of security parity between local journalists and foreign correspondents. At Global Press, our Duty of Care program was designed to fill this pressing need. Every day from Mexico to Mongolia, Zimbabwe to Democratic Republic of Congo, Global Press reporters take extraordinary risks to bring you stories that no other reporter can. But to produce this world changing journalism, our reporters need to know that we care about their safety and security above all else. So our Duty of Care program was designed to provide holistic security, specifically to local female journalists. These are reporters for whom extraction is not an option. That means if something goes bad, they can't run to an embassy or hop on a plane like a foreign correspondent can. So our burden to create a really extraordinary Duty of Care program was high. We built our Duty of Care program so that it is interwoven into both the ethos and the operations of our work. What exactly is Duty of Care? Well, it's a commitment to four types of security for every reporter and staff member in our network: physical security, emotional security, digital security and legal security. How does that work? The Duty of Care is implemented in three specific ways. About 20% of the Duty of Care program is implemented in training. We are teaching our reporters life-saving skills like emergency first aid, surveillance detection, their digital security toolkits, legal law labs, and more. Beyond training, about 75%, the vast majority of Duty of Care is implemented in day-to-day policies and procedures. These are important steps that we take to mitigate risk as often as we possibly can. From checkin networks to travel policies and protocols, our reporters use these Duty of Care protocols to keep themselves and their colleagues safe. And the final bit of Duty of Care that's implemented, the last about 5% is crisis response. We can spend so little of our Duty of Care time and energy on crisis response, because we're spending so much time and energy in mitigating these risks as often as we can. Global Press cares deeply about the safety and security of our reporters. Did you know that our Duty of Care program won the 2020 Chester Pierce Human Rights Prize from the American Psychiatric Association? That was a huge honor that really rewarded our commitment to our reporters' holistic security. Our Duty of Care program has been written about in lots of publications like the Stanford Social Innovation review and is now being emulated by organizations across the world. Elements of our Duty of Care program are even available as a consulting service via the b2b division of Global Press news services. Want to learn more about my favorite part of the Duty of Care program, the Global Press wellness network? Click on the video below.
What is the Global Press Wellness Network?
A core aspect of Global Press’ Duty of Care program is the Global Press Wellness Network. 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. The Global Press Wellness Network is a group of licensed mental health practitioners who provide counseling sessions in eight languages for our team of reporters. Sessions are free and unlimited for Global Press reporters. We’re working to normalize conversations about mental health in newsrooms, and we’ve seen powerful results. In 2019, half of our reporters took advantage of counseling sessions. In 2021, 85% of our team said they planned to use the service. Global Press received the Chester M. Pierce Human Rights Award from the American Psychiatric Association in 2020 for its Duty of Care program and its “extraordinary efforts to prioritize the mental health of journalists around the world.”
How does Global Press choose bureau locations?
Where we choose to open Global Press news bureaus is one of the most important factors that contributes to our long-term success. In short, we’re looking for global locations where people lack access to accurate information and existing media systems aren’t addressing this challenge. Whether it’s a rural news desert or a city under authoritarian control, we believe all people deserve access to accurate information. And we’ve demonstrated that the Global Press model can work anywhere. We’ve created a global matrix that defines our location options and decisions in more detail. If you’re interested in seeing it, just click the chat icon and I’ll get it to you.
Why does Global Press operate in so many languages?
Across both the journalism and nonprofit sectors, there is often an English-language bias. That means people who speak English often get jobs or other benefits. And when parachute journalists drop in to cover breaking news stories, they often don’t speak the language of the people they are covering. That means the story is about people that it isn’t for. At Global Press, we’re committed to ensuring that all sources recognize themselves in stories. And the way we do that is to only employ local journalists who have the proximity and the access to the people who feature in their stories. At Global Press, we publish in seven languages. Collectively, our team speaks more than 20 languages. Language diversity is a tool we use to ensure we’re achieving our goal of creating a more just and informed world. Want to learn more about our unique approach to diversity and representation, click the link below
Why don't you have bureaus in the United States?
We get asked all of the time why we don’t have bureaus in the United States. The answer is simple: our mission is to produce exceptional journalism from the least-covered parts of the world. We’re transforming access to accurate information locally and elevating awareness and dismantling stereotypes globally. Did you know that our journalism is produced in each reporter’s local language and in English? This multilingual strategy enables us to serve both the local, coverage country audience and a wider international audience. Even though we don’t cover the United States, we serve millions of Americans with our journalism. In fact, the U.S. is now our largest audience. More and more Americans are turning to Global Press to get a more accurate, inclusive view of the world.
What is Global Press Journal?
Global Press Journal is the award-winning publication of Global Press. Global Press Journal publishes stories produced by the all-female reporting team based in our independent news bureaus around the world. On Global Press Journal you’ll find a wide range of stories about our world. We focus on consequence-driven stories that allow reader to understand complicated issues with deep context and nuanced analysis. Best of all, Global Press Journal has a non-assignment policy. That means each journalist is responsible for selecting her own stories. This unique strategy ensures that our coverage is comprehensive and doesn’t focus on war, poverty, disaster and disease like so many other news outlets do. Our stories appear in seven different languages to ensure readers in all of our coverage communities can read our stories. And we publish in English too, since part of our mission is to elevate global awareness. All of our photographs on Global Press Journal are original and were taken by my colleagues. Each story on Global Press Journal goes through a rigorous accuracy process to ensure we’re increasing access to accurate information about our communities. In 2021, Global Press Journal won a Webby for Best Practices, honoring our commitment to transparency, accessibility and accuracy. My colleagues and I have been honored for our stories dozens of times. To read our award-winning, world-changing stories, head to globalpressjournal.com.
What is the Global Press Style Guide?
The Global Press Style Guide is a living document that sets standards for dignified, precise vocabulary to use when referring to the people and places where Global Press Journal reporters work. Each entry is crafted with the assistance of Global Press Journal reporters and editors, who live and work in the communities they cover. The Global Press Style Guide contains hundreds of entries that were created according to these three principles: 1. Do not use words that force people to make assumptions. Phrases like ethnic and developing world, for example, don’t promote source dignity or reader clarity. 2. People should be referred to people as often as possible. In other words, avoid labels. 3. Precision is required for dignity. The journalist must push for precision in order to ensure the source recognizes themself in the story. Want to learn more about The Global Press Style Guide? Visit globalpressjournal.com/styleguide Do you want to implement the Global Press Style Guide in your school or organization? Click the partner button and we’ll be in touch.
What is the Global Press Accuracy Network?
The Global Press Accuracy Network is a team of professional fact checkers, copy editors, translators, interpreters and producers who work to ensure that Global Press Journal stories are dignified and precise in every language. A team of accuracy professionals is assigned to every Global Press Journal story. Check out the left column on any story and you’ll see the team who made sure every word was accurate. At Global Press, we’re obsessed with Accuracy. Want to learn more about our editorial process? Click here to see our whole process illustrated.
How does the editorial process work at Global Press Journal?
Global Press trains and employs local reporters to produce broadly impactful, revelatory journalism in some of the world’s most challenging places. To accomplish this, we operate one of the most robust editorial systems in journalism today. Our non-assignment policy ensures reporters have the freedom to report on what’s most important in their communities. Reporters work with a global team of editors who help craft the story to ensure it is impactful for both the local and the international reader. Then, we fact check, copy edit and publish the story in English and the reporter’s local language. We believe sources have the right to recognize themselves in stories and hold our team accountable for any inaccuracy. And most importantly, we do all of this while operating an industry-leading Duty of Care Program, which ensures that our reporters are safe and healthy. Click here to see our process illustrated.
Is all Global Press Journal photography original?
Yes! All of the incredible photos you see on this site and GlobalPressJournal.com are original. Our reporters are all trained photojournalists. We’re proud to include beautiful, impactful, representative photos with every story that we tell. Interested in buying a print? Licensing photos from our archive? Click the partner button and we’ll be in touch.
What is Global Press Institute?
Global Press Institute is the training arm of Global Press. We provide robust professional development opportunities to every member of our team to ensure that each Global Press reporter has the skills and the tools to tell world-changing stories everyday. Before the pandemic most of our training happened in person. Today, we’ve built a new online learning platform that delivers core and advanced training in seven languages. Global Press values constant learning and invests in every team member to ensure we’re always learning and growing.
What is Global Press News Services?
Global Press News Services is the B2B partnerships division of Global Press. We offer a range of values-driven products and services to support organizations looking to transform their workplace culture, operations and communications. From implementing our Diversity and Inclusion Style Guide to creating road maps for how your company can foster Duty of Care, we’re bringing the best of Global Press into businesses around the world. We also manage syndication partnerships and access to our award-winning global photo archive. Interested in learning more about how you can partner with us? Click the partner icon and I’ll be in touch!
What is the Global Press Code of Ethics?
The Global Press Code of Ethics is a revered document, followed faithfully by all Global Press reporters, editors and accuracy network team members. Our Code of Ethics includes six important tenets. First: Report and write with responsible empathy. Our reporters are members of the communities that they cover. So making sure that sources have the right to recognize themselves and stories, is a key priority of our journalism. Two: Avoid all conflicts of interest - real and perceived. Often, local journalists are perceived to have more bias than foreign correspondents or parachute journalists covering the same stories. We don't believe that is the case. So we take our commitment to conflict of interest seriously, so that we can provide our readers (both local and international readers) with the highest quality stories, and they never have to worry about bias. Three: Serve and protect sources with professionalism. Just as we care deeply about the safety and security of our journalists, we care deeply about the safety and security of our sources too. Four: Respect readers by maximizing truth and minimizing harm. Five: Practice excellent journalism by practicing responsible citizenship. At Global Press, we always follow the law when it comes to keeping our reporters safe and producing extraordinary journalism. And six: Commit to rigorous verification, precise writing and dignified reporting. Dignity and precision are two of the central tenets of everything we do at Global Press. And dignity and precision, and our commitment to verification are core concepts in our Code of Ethics as well.
What is the Global Press Gift Acceptance Policy?
Global Press is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization. As an independent journalism organization, we follow four key principles when accepting funds of any kind to ensure our journalism stays ethical and exceptional: 1. Global Press does not accept anonymous gifts or grants. 2. Global Press does not accept funds that seek to influence our news coverage. 3. Global Press does not accept funds that seek to use journalism as a means to a different end, like influencing political systems 4. Global Press does not accept funds from any government source. Global Press does accept funds from mission-aligned people and institutions who value dignity, diversity and access to accurate information. Want to learn more about how you can partner with us to create a more just and informed world? Click the calendar link and schedule a meeting with our Founder and CEO.