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Meet Global Press: Filling Global News Gaps With Female Reporters

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Sustain What’s Columbia Climate School Friday news review this week focused on the work and output of Global Press, a world-spanning journalism network with approaches to training and safeguarding its far-flung reporters that should be the norm everywhere.

I spoke with Cristi Hegranes, the founder, publisher and chief executive officer, and Laxmi Parthasarathy, the chief operating officer. We were joined by Dale Willman, who runs our Resilience Media Project and has done journalism training around the world, most recently at the Center for Excellence in Journalism in Pakistan earlier this spring.

Global Press is a Washington-based organization training, publishing and supporting dozens of female journalists writing and photographing stories in, and for, some of the least-covered communities in the world, from Argentina to Mongolia to Zimbabwe.

The mission is simple:

Global Press exists to create a more just and informed world by training and employing local female journalists to produce ethical, accurate news coverage from the world’s least-covered places.

The methods, honed over 16 years, are exemplary, from the basic journalism training the organization runs for reporters (most of whom are recruited in the regions they file from) to the investment in a “duty of care” program sustaining the physical, legal, digital and emotional security of the team. This is particularly vital for these women, who work where they live and can’t be evacuated if trouble erupts.

Learn more about their work in the webcast below, and read more here.

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