Mission:

Global Press Institute (GPI) uses journalism as a development tool to train and employ women in developing media markets to produce high-quality local news coverage that elevates local and global awareness and ignites social change. GPI operates independent news bureaus around the world.

Channel Grants:

2017: Channel made a grant to the Global Press Institute to support their Enterprise Division’s investigative journalism multimedia projects as well as continued support for their News Bureaus in Uganda and Sri Lanka.

GPI featured a video interview with Sri Lanka Regional Program Manager Manori Wijesekera discussing the June 2018 opening of the first GPI News Desk in Northern Sri Lanka in Jaffna.

2016: Channel made a grant to the Global Press Institute (GPI) to support GPI’s Regional Program Managers in Africa and Asia along with ongoing GPI News Bureau content production in Uganda and Sri Lanka.

2015: Channel made a grant to the Global Press Institute to continue supporting their Asia news desks and two major editorial initiatives, Women in Politics and LGBT Issues. These global series included story packages from every GPI country around the world in a combination of narrative, video, photos and data-based story assets including interactive maps and infographics.

2014: Channel made a grant to the Global Press Institute in order to support the regional news hub in Sri Lanka and to support journalists and content production there and in several other post-conflict news desks – Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Guatemala.

2013: Channel made a grant to the Global Press Institute to provide support for expanding their video journalism training and production in Sri Lanka as well as ongoing support for the Uganda and Sri Lanka News Desks.

2012: Channel made a grant to the Global Press Institute to support journalist and video training for GPI reporters in Uganda and Kashmir as well as ongoing support for the Uganda and Sri Lanka News Desks.

2011: Channel made a grant to the Global Press Institute to support 1) continued content creation out of the Uganda and Sri Lanka News Desks in Kampala and Colombo; 2) expansion of the Gender and Post-Conflict Reporting Training Program to four additional sites in Egypt, Liberia, Kosovo and Kashmir; and 3) hiring and capacity building of regional editors in East Africa and South America in order to boost content production, training projects, and global presence.

2010: Channel made a grant to the Global Press Institute for the purposes of supporting the creation and implementation of a multi-faceted topical journalism training and employment program, “Reporting Gender Issues in Post-Conflict Regions,” to be implemented in two Press Institute News Desk Sites – Sri Lanka and Uganda.

To read news stories written by GPI reporters from around the world, check out the Global Press Journal. The Global Press News Service is the syndication division.

Resources: 

In September 2018 GPI launched their new The Global Press Style Guide at the Online News Association (ONA). The Style Guide is a living document that establishes rules for referring to the people and places around the world where Global Press Journal reporters work. Each entry was 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 is not intended to replace the widely used Associated Press Stylebook, but it augments AP style in key ways by providing guidance for word choice regarding people, places and issues on which the AP’s book is silent. Other entries in this guide intentionally deviate from AP style. Thorough rationales are provided for all entries.

Each entry is crafted with the specific intention of promoting dignity and precision in the practice of international journalism.

Awards: 

GPI’s Founder and Executive Director, Cristi Hegranes, and reporters have won numerous awards and recognitions over the years. The full list can be found here.

Highlights include the following:

In 2018, The Global Press Journal team in Nepal won the Clarion Award for their 7-part series Long After Quake, Nepal Waits for Help.

In 2015, three GPI reporters were awarded the Miel fellowship from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

In May 2013, Global Press Institute (GPI) founder Cristi Hegranes was named one of the five 2013 Ashoka Fellows who are recognized for their innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems.

In 2012 Hegranes won the prestigious Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize from Grinnell College. Watch this video to find out more about GPI and the award.

In 2011 Gertrude Pswarayi, a reporter at GPI’s Zimbabwe News Desk, won the Kurt Schork Award, the world’s only journalism prize that specifically honors foreign news by reporters living and working in the developing world and countries in transition.

In 2011 Ugandan GPI reporter Jackee Budesta Batanda was named the 2011-2012 Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow by the International Women’s Media Foundation.

In 2011 GPI Hegranes won a Jefferson Award for Public Service “for using journalism as a catalyst for economic empowerment, global awareness, and social change.” Hegranes and the organization are featured in a May 11, 2011 CBS News story and news clip.