Over the last 10 months, I have had the privilege to serve at Global Press Institute as a Communications Coordinator. During this period, I have learnt so much about the international network of women committed to the art of story telling. GPI uses journalism as a tool for development.
The organization is committed to educating, employing and empowering women in developing media markets to become professional journalists. The stories that these women produce are of high quality and not only spark social change but also elevate global awareness.
GPI is unique in the essence that the storytellers are women who understand the issues affecting their communities. Most of these issues are usually ignored, underreported or misrepresented in the mainstream media.
Through the Founder and Executive Director Cristi Hegranes, GPI has flipped the model of foreign correspondence on its head. GPI trains women in developing countries to report on local issues in a way that no foreign correspondent parachuted for a short period of time in the country can, no matter how qualified.
With this model, GPI is accomplishing two things
- Filling the gap that has been left by international media organizations that have closed shop in remote areas around the globe due to the expensive nature of manning Bureaus.
- Empowering women and subsequently reducing the gender parity gap in a male dominated industry.
GPI now has news desks in 26 countries in Africa, Asia and the Americas. The reporters range in age from 14-65 and speak 13 languages. Education is not a barrier. Any woman who is a natural storyteller with a passion for social justice and journalism from the developing media markets can apply to become a reporter.
GPI then trains the women to become award-winning journalist telling stories that change policies and laws in their countries. With a monthly reach of 15 million readers in 160 countries, GPI has a cut out a niche for itself as one of the very few media ventures that is changing the landscape of international reporting.
As a communicator, I am proud to be part of such an innovative team of strong and brave women who have a desire to make the world a better place. While I have been working on streamlining internal policies and setting up communication tools, I have also learnt a lot from the GPI headquarter team, regional editors and the reporters.
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