What We Aim to Accomplish
Global Press Institute aims to produce high-quality international news by training and employing local women throughout the developing world to report on their own communities on topics often overlooked by mainstream media.
Using Journalism as a Development Tool to Empower Women
GPI’s unique training-to-employment model teaches women around the world traditional reporting skills, digital literacy and advanced writing skills, which increases their quality of life and provides the means by which they can elevate living standards for themselves and their families.
Increasing Access to Information for Local and Global Readers
GPI reporters possess innate cultural, societal and historical knowledge of their communities that foreign correspondents lack, which translates into more genuine news coverage about issues often absent from the pages of mainstream media and government-owned local news sources. GPI’s news is widely disseminated via content marketing both globally in English as well as in the local community where it is produced.
Pioneering a New Model of International Journalism
During the last 25 years, daily newspapers’ foreign news has declined by 53 percent, and more than 60 percent of all foreign bureaus have closed. Although citizen media has filled many information gaps, it involves significant sacrifices in news quality.
GPI offers an innovative middle ground that exposes local and global readers to ethical, often groundbreaking, investigative feature news stories written by GPI-trained journalists about an array of issues from human rights and climate change to business and the arts.
Building Communities Through Skills Training
GPI offers women throughout the developing world a training-to-employment opportunity that builds the skills necessary to succeed as professional journalists. GPI provides these journalists with long-term employment and pays them all strong living wages based on the economic standards of their communities. Within the past four years, 93 percent of all women trained by GPI are still journalists in their communities.
According to the Clinton Global Initiative, investing in women offers the world’s “highest return on investment,” and GPI’s model has further demonstrated that individual, family and community success indicators increase when women receive skills training and sustainable employment. More on why women.