Global Press Institute is an award-winning, high-impact social venture that uses journalism as a development tool to educate, employ and empower women in the developing world to produce high-quality local news coverage that elevates global awareness and ignites social change.
GPI is building a network of professional women journalists throughout the developing world who earn a fair wage for reporting on their local communities. Their unique coverage of issues overlooked by mainstream media contributes directly to the development and empowerment of their communities, brings greater transparency to their countries, and changes the way the world views their people and cultures.
GPI offers women a unique training-to-employment opportunity that builds the skills necessary for success in professional journalism and then provides them with long-term employment. Each woman who completes the training program receives a job offer at a fair wage to become a GPI reporter. To date, GPI has trained and employed more than 130 women around the world.
GPI aims to solve two pressing global challenges:
- Women’s empowerment: GPI drives systemic change in the lives of women by using media as a tool to transcend inequalities. GPI reporters come from underprivileged, underrepresented communities in 25 developing countries. Our journalists include members of the untouchable caste in Asia, former sex workers in Africa and indigenous women in Latin America. Most reporters have no professional background in journalism and limited formal education.
- The decline of quality international journalism: The news media serves the crucial role of providing the public with the information they need to be free and self-governing. In an age of increasing global interconnectedness, it is more important than ever for media to accurately inform the public about issues in the developing world – particularly those affecting women, whose concerns are often overlooked. Yet during the last 25 years, foreign news in daily newspapers has declined by 53 percent, and more than 60 percent of all foreign bureaus have closed. Furthermore, coverage produced by women accounts for less than 10 percent of all news coming out of developing countries, and less than 2 percent of sources in international news stories are women. GPI’s women journalists report on issues in their countries and communities that are often ignored by foreign news media. Combining their unique social, cultural, political and historical knowledge and source access with formal journalism training, they tell better stories than foreign correspondents and citizens journalists.