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GlobalPost Senior Conflict Correspondent

GlobalPost’s award-winning reporters focus on telling the human stories behind violent conflicts. Help us do more.

GlobalPost Senior Conflict Correspondent

GlobalPost’s award-winning reporters focus on telling the human stories behind violent conflicts. Help us do more.

$21,745
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335
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, March 19 2015 4:01 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated March 19, 2015

About

GlobalPost is an award-winning digital news organization whose reporters uncover human stories from the slums of Brazil to the front lines in Syria. At a time when cash-strapped news outlets have stepped back coverage of world-changing conflicts, we're stepping up. But we need your help.

Elevator Pitch 

GlobalPost’s award-winning reporting has given voice to individuals caught up in war from the remote corners of Myanmar and Thailand to the battlefields of Somalia, Libya, Syria and elsewhere. War reporting is expensive and dangerous, yet it is vital to the public interest. We need you to help us keep it going through the financial challenges of a rapidly-changing media landscape. Here's what you need to know about our project: 

  • We are hiring a highly experienced editor and a field reporter and providing them with the best training and equipment to ensure their safety to the maximum extent possible.
  • We’ve already raised $250,000 from private sources who believe in our project and our mission.
  • We need another $95,000 from you. In return, you (and the world) get 16 months of powerful and vital journalism from active conflicts around the world.

About this project
GlobalPost has raised $250,000 from private sources to keep doing the important work of covering global conflict. With this money we plan to hire a senior conflict correspondent and a dedicated conflict editor. This initial funding is an important start toward our goal. But now we need the help of you, the Kickstarter community.

What are we going to do with your funding?

We are going to hire a credentialed editor who will work at our Boston headquarters and an experienced conflict correspondent who will work in the field around the world. What’s a conflict correspondent? It’s a journalist with the training and experience to get first-hand stories from some of the world’s most violent places. 

During a 16-month period beginning in mid-2015, our team will follow the world's most important conflicts. Throughout, we'll stay true to what GlobalPost has always done best: we’ll tell the human stories that illuminate the global society we live in, while reminding us about the devastating impact of war.

We’re asking for $95,000 from you, the Kickstarter community, to help keep our senior conflict reporter in the field for 16 months. Your support will be crucial to providing the resources needed to travel to the most important war zones, wherever they may be, and to tell the stories that matter. 

For the precautions and training it requires, conflict journalism is the most expensive of all, yet it attracts virtually no commercial advertising support. We hope you believe, as we do, that truth and understanding are worth paying for.

With your help, we can make sure conflict reporting is available for all. And because GlobalPost is free and does not charge a subscription, this important journalism will be accessible to everyone around the world.

Who We Are 
We are GlobalPost, a native digital news site founded in 2009, which has won some of the most prestigious awards in journalism (the Peabody, Polk, Murrow, OPC, and RFK among others). We were the news shop that obtained the earliest known footage of Colonel Gaddafi's capture by Libyan rebel fighters. We were honored as the recipient of the Overseas Press Club (OPC) award for Online Coverage of Breaking News for reporting the Libya civil war and the fall of Gaddafi in 2011. The OPC awards honor excellence in international reporting.

GlobalPost was honored by the Overseas Press Club for its coverage of the fall of Gaddafi.
GlobalPost was honored by the Overseas Press Club for its coverage of the fall of Gaddafi.

Our “On Location” video reporting series also won the George Foster Peabody Award, the oldest and most prestigious prize in electronic media. (We won the same year that "Game of Thrones" and "The Colbert Report" took home Peabodys!). We've also won two Edward R. Murrow Awards from The Radio Television Digital News Association, honoring excellence in electronic journalism, for “On Location.”

Images from GlobalPost's Peabody Award-winning video series "On Location."
Images from GlobalPost's Peabody Award-winning video series "On Location."

We're known as well for our often extraordinary visual images — like these incredible and jarring photos from the war in Syria by our award-winning correspondent Tracey Shelton.

From left to right: Issa Aiash, 30, father of three, his young brother Ahmed, 17, and Sheihk Mamoud, 42, father of a newborn son. They laugh and joke as they clean their post on a backstreet of Aleppo, Syria. (Tracey Shelton - GlobalPost)
From left to right: Issa Aiash, 30, father of three, his young brother Ahmed, 17, and Sheihk Mamoud, 42, father of a newborn son. They laugh and joke as they clean their post on a backstreet of Aleppo, Syria. (Tracey Shelton - GlobalPost)
A call comes through that a tank was spotted nearby. The men grab their weapons. (Tracey Shelton - GlobalPost)
A call comes through that a tank was spotted nearby. The men grab their weapons. (Tracey Shelton - GlobalPost)
Within seconds, the tank blast strikes. (Tracey Shelton - GlobalPost)
Within seconds, the tank blast strikes. (Tracey Shelton - GlobalPost)

GlobalPost is also the news organization that spent nearly two years trying to bring James Foley home from Syria. The tragedy of Jim’s death, and the deaths of at least 60 other journalists last year alone, is something we carry with us every day, and it motivates us to continue this important work.

Some other things you should know about us:

We champion old-school reporting: GlobalPost has 11 full-time senior correspondents living and reporting in countries around the world. These journalism professionals are joined by a cadre of talented freelancers who contribute to our site every day.

We are totally independent: We are not owned, even in part, by any legacy media company.

We are non-partisan: We report the world as we find it — where the facts lead us — without leaning to the left or right.

We are a mission-based journalism organization: We are driven to serve the public interest and it is a consideration in every decision we make.

We are a for-profit business: We are doing our best to support ourselves with advertising, but as you may know that's not easy. Conflict reporting is a near-impossible commercial sell, which is why we need your support for this project.

We have great partners who love our content and help us get it in front of people: NBC News, NPR and USA Today are a few of them.

We're assembling a distinguished panel to help us choose the correspondent for this project: They include Deborah Amos, International Correspondent for NPR; Rukmini Callimachi, Foreign Correspondent for The New York Times; AFP’s Global Editor in Chief Philip Chetwynd; and NBC News Middle East Correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin. Joining them will be GlobalPost’s CEO and Founder Philip Balboni, Editor Lizzy Tomei and Solana Pyne, GlobalPost's Director of Video and Strategy. 

See some of the conflict reporting GlobalPost journalists have done in recent years: 

Video of Gaddafi's initial capture
This is the earliest known footage of Gaddafi's capture at the hands of rebel fighters.

Gaddafi dead, eyewitness recounts final moments (VIDEO)
A rebel fighter claims to have witnessed Muammar Gaddafi's final moments.

Lebanon: What it's like in Assad's Dungeons
Two men tell stories of torture sponsored by the Syrian government.

Libya: Fighting for Sirte
GlobalPost was on the ground with the transitional government forces as they battled for Sirte, Gaddafi's hometown. It was a disorganized, bloody fight.

You won’t find Golok on the cover of any guidebook. It’s a surreal sex destination and hotbed of insurgency that's a little bit Tijuana, a little bit Kabul.

Inside Africa's hidden war (VIDEO)
Aid agencies were banned from the area, but we traveled to Sudan's Nuba Mountains to cover a war taking place almost entirely out of sight.

Ixtepec: Ruthless kidnappings on the migrant train
In 2010 there were 20,000 kidnappings of migrants trying to make their way across Mexico to the United States.

Rewards:

We've come up with some really interesting rewards designed to give you special access to our conflict team and what they are up to.  And, of course, there is this really great GlobalPost T-shirt, too!

Risks and challenges

There are few risks when it comes to supporting GlobalPost. We are a high quality journalism organization that has received almost every major award in our profession. We've been covering conflict since shortly after we launched and have a very experienced team. Working in conflict zones is inherently risky, but we do everything possible to ensure our people are trained, equipped and protected. The challenges intrinsic to finding the best candidates and reporting the best stories, in the world's most unpredictable regions, may create some variability in reporting schedule and output — but not in the quality of the work.

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    For the price of a movie ticket, help create high quality journalism with impact and stay informed about the conflicts shaping world news. Each week you'll receive an insider's look at what the team is up to. We’ll send a “Weekly War Brief” email exclusive to our Kickstarter supporters that will provide a close-up view of what's happening in the world's hot zones.

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    Want to know if something is happening right now? In addition to the “Weekly War Brief,” we’ll send Correspondent Alerts directly to your inbox when there is a situation on the ground of high significance. These short text alerts will put you at the leading edge of the conflict news cycle.

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    Get recognized as a GlobalPost Member. You’ll get everything already mentioned, and we’ll put your name in a special GlobalPost Member section on our site for being a proud supporter of our conflict reporting. Join this exclusive club and let the world know you're helping tell stories of those affected by conflict around the world.

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    For a $150 pledge, you will receive a specially created e-book, which will present the best of the conflict reporting that you supported with an introduction and notes from our conflict reporting team. It will be available for download only for our Kickstarter supporters at this level, and will be a one-of-a-kind record of some of the most important reporting on the world's hot zones.

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    For a big pledge, get a big reward. Join us in Boston for the GlobalPost conflict correspondent roundtable at the end of the program, where you’ll be able to meet the team and be part of a discussion on the state of the world’s major and under-covered conflicts.

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    Put yourself on the front lines on a live quarterly conference call with our conflict reporting team. Hear their stories firsthand and ask questions about what is happening on the ground.

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    Are you a member of a company or community group that would be interested in having a war correspondent speak about their experience in the field? We’ll fly our correspondent to deliver a talk to your organization — a totally unique experience they will never forget.

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