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Announcing Our Alliance with Reuters

We're thrilled to announce an alliance between Global Voices and global media company, Reuters. Reuters has been supporting Global Voices efforts since late last year, when they hosted our annual conference at their global headquarters at Canary Wharf in London.

Yesterday Reuters announced a major contribution to the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, where Global Voices is based. This contribution has allowed us to hire our managing editor, Rachel Rawlins, to continue supporting our outstanding team of regional editors and to bring on translators, to provide better coverage of content in languages like Arabic and Russian. Support from Reuters will also allow us to do more outreach and training in parts of the world where there are currently few bloggers. Reuters’ generosity allows us to expand the range and quality of information we make freely available to anyone who cares to use it.

We're especially excited about the relationship because we see a great opportunity to help Reuters – and the global media community as a whole – to understand blogging better and the impact of Citizen's Media on the world of journalism. We believe that the information, opinions and perspective that bloggers share complement conventional journalism and that bloggers and journalists can work together to give us a more accurate and representative picture of events and opinions around the world.

You can already see some of the fruits of our work together. Global Voices worked with Reuters on their recent Iraq Newsmakers event, where bloggers from the Middle East participated in a conference in New York via streamed video and IRC, asking journalists tough questions about whether media coverage of Iraq has been fair. In the near future, you'll see content by Global Voices editors and contributors appearing on Reuters websites, providing additional information and context to some Reuters newswire stories.

Global Voices Online is possible through the generosity of two groups: the editors and contributors to the site, and sponsors who make the site possible. We're grateful to everyone who has made Global Voices possible so far and we thank Reuters for making it possible for us to make this site even better.

18 comments

  • Congratulations! This is good news for news and for voices.

  • […] Another sign of how blogging is affecting media: Reuters has poured some money into the indispensable Global Voices and will use Global Voices content on its web site as part of its reporting. […]

  • […] This is someting else I don’t get and never have from day one. I watched Global Voices grow from its inception and lots of people I respect have a lot of respect for Global Voices. It’s based at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, for crying out loud. And they just got some big funding and support from Reuters. […]

  • This is an interesting development, certainly. Rumours are that the BBC is working on its own project similar to this.

  • […] Die Nachrichtenagentur Reuters ist eine Partnerschaft mit dem Weblog-Netzwerk Global Voices Online eingegangen. […]

  • […] That is not to say of course that there are no trivial blogs floating around, or trivial posts for that matter. Of course there are, and that is fine because blogging – may I remind you once again – is nothing more than a chronologically sorted personal diary entries. It could be as mundane as that, but I think as blogging became much more accepted now, even to the extent of having an ancient and trusted news agency like Reuters sourcing blogs, some are more serious than others, and it is up to the reader him or herself to make up their minds as to the credibility of the information presented, and how it is to be consumed by them. […]

  • […] A Reuters estabeleceu uma parceria com o projecto Global Voices Online, uma iniciativa de citizen media sem fins lucrativos lan

  • […] Etwas ungünstig ist der Hinweis im folgenden Abschnitt, wo darauf verwiesen wird, dass klassische Medien bereits schon länger Weblogs als Ergänzung ihrer Arbeit entdeckt haben. Auch wieder so herrlich ungenau! Denn die im folgenden Satz erwähnte Kooperation der Nachrichtenagentur Reuters Global Voices Online besteht nicht etwa “schon länger”, sondern seit April 2006, wie es bei Global Voices Online als Mitteilung nachgelesen werden kann. […]

  • […] So this is the quid pro quo? Aside from featuring Reuters’ RSS feed on its site, that is. The “aggressive hand-raising” by shills in the audience should provide a glimpse of the extent to which GVO carries water for U.S. policy and Reuters’ business interests on this issue. […]

  • […] On December 3, 2006 I am going to be India, the world’s largest democracy country, for the Global Voices 2006 Summit. The previous one was held in London at Reuters’s world headquarter. This fast-growing citizen’s media project, in brief, was founded by two Harvard research fellows and being contributed by volunteer-writers from around the world to make unheard voices of grass-root communities be heard. The project was sponsored by and launched from the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at the Harvard Law School. Presently, Global Voices Online is an alliance of global media company, Reuters. […]

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