Years after becoming a reporter, I began to question my role in the profession called journalism. Why was I doing it? Was it still for the greater purpose of pursuing the truth and informing the public, or was it now about something else? One thing was for sure: I didn’t feel as much passion as I once had for the craft.
I have spent my life committed to the craft of journalism. The science of information gathering. The art of storytelling.
In 2004, I was a stringer on assignment in Nepal. In my first weeks on the job I realized that my dream job was anything but. I lacked access to real people. I, like most foreign correspondents, worked through fixers and translators. I was barely scratching the surface.
It was here, in Nepal, that I had my epiphany—I was the wrong person to be reporting the news. No matter how familiar I became with Nepalese culture, I would always be an outsider, a foreigner facing an unbridgeable gap in reporting the social, historical and political context of these people and this place.
From this epiphany, Global Press Institute was born.
Today, Global Press Institute (GPI) 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 has trained and employed more than 130 women in 26 developing countries.
Super PACs. Drones. Gerrymandering. Dark Money. How do you quickly illustrate these concepts in a way that is meaningful and impactful to an audience of different education levels and cultural backgrounds? That was the challenge set out before a group of 60 volunteers at an Iconathon The Noun Project hosted at The New York Times last February.