Grantee name: The Global Press Institute

Mission: The 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 operates 41 independent news desks across the world.

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

In 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. (2015)

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

In 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. (2013)

In 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. (2012)

In 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. (2011)

In 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. (2010)

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.

Awards: 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 Cristi Hegranes, founder and executive director of the Global Press Institute (GPI), won the prestigious Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize from Grinnell College. The prize, which received nominations from 45 countries, honors three individuals under the age of 40 who have demonstrated leadership in their fields and who show creativity, commitment and extraordinary accomplishment in affecting positive social change. The prize includes a $100,000 award. 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 in the local reporter category for her piece "Political Rape Survivors Come Forward in Advance of 2011 Election," an article published by GPI last December about women who were raped and exploited as a tool of political persecution in Zimbabwe, a country with "zero tolerance for the journalism of revelation," the judges noted. The Kurt Schork Memorial Awards are 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. She received special commendation for her reporting on acid attacks on women as "revenge crimes" and the targeted murder of albinos. After training with GPI (at the Channel-supported workshop on Reporting Gender Issues in Post-Conflict Regions), Batanda became determined to report and research “closing media spaces in African nations” during the fellowship when she studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for International Studies and other Boston-area universities. Batanda, 31, plans to create a reporting skills workshop for Ugandan journalists after her seven-month fellowship.

in 2011 GPI founder Cristi 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 which has so far trained and employed 114 women in 24 countries to be journalists are featured in a May 11, 2011 CBS News story and news clip.