Posted by: marshamwhite | March 14, 2010

Global Post

“The future of journalism is working in a team. You should develop your skill craft that is your own to develop yourself as a journalist,” Charlie Sennott, Executive Editor of Global Post and former correspondent of the Boston Globe, said to our class on Wednesday’s field trip.

With over 20 years of experience in newspapers, Global Post started as a startup two years ago and was and continues to be a “revolution in the works.”  Now, Global Post has 70 correspondents in 15 countries and 15 full-time staff in which eight are in editorials and seven in advertising. Senott gave us a description of the three revenue streams. The first revenue stream is online advertising which relies upon viral marketing and ways to get viral content and more people on the website. Syndication is another revenue stream and Global Post believes in the notion of correspondents living in the place t hey work in. The “ground truth” concept that great journalism is being able to live and breathe in the place they work in, reigns supreme.  Lastly, their subscription model, passport, is the revenue stream that works to invite people to be a part of their bigger community and needs to be supported.

On the website, is very accommodating in terms of getting the great coverage internationally. There are specific tabs related to specific continents and other areas of the world including the Middle East and the Americas. The modules groups contain content that is topic-specific and one of my favorite is “Women in Politics” because it shows women in a positive light all over the world. Women are believed to be second-class citizens and by putting them in their own module show that Global Post values the role of women and ultimately helps support female readership and subscription. I usually get my international news from BBC and I think Global Post is competition because it offers international headlines but offers more specific topics that are of great national interest such as the “Obama Effect”.  “Life, Death and the Taliban” is a complex multimedia project by Sennott and Seamus Murphy, which captures the history of the Taliban and its relations with its citizens, the United States and the world. The project shows videos, stories and an interactive timeline of Taliban history. In addition, the investigative and in-depth reporting was stellar and risky in that both Sennott and Murphy faced various obstacles in Pakistan and Afghanistan that were life threatening. “Biggest obstacle is getting killed. You have to have a lot of contacts and be partly insane when working with the Taliban,” Sennott said. The videos are very insightful but some of the stories such as “Living with Afghanistan’s fundamentalists” needed more pictures in the slideshow in addition to the five that was posted to convey a better story. Overall, the website was extremely user-friendly and convenient.

Since I am from the Caribbean, I would like to go various islands and cover various topics such as domestic abuse against women, common laws against homosexuals and the role and limitations of public education. In all three topics, I would convey them through video and text because with these forms of media, I believe one can generate more appeal and understanding than using slideshows.

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