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Global Nation wants to bring fresh, new voices onto PRI.org — one new voice in public media every week for a year.
Global Nation is bringing fresh, new voices onto PRI.org — one new voice in public media every week for a year. Thanks to your backing.
Global Nation is bringing fresh, new voices onto PRI.org — one new voice in public media every week for a year. Thanks to your backing.
212 backers pledged $16,386 to help bring this project to life.

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Global Nation Reporting Fund

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  • Who are the people who live and breathe the cultures and politics of immigrant communities across the country?  
  • Who are the people changing their neighborhoods and America? What are their stories?
  • And who are the writers and reporters from these communities who know these stories and can tell them well?

Join us in launching PRI's Global Nation Reporting Fund, a dedicated fund for reporters and essayists who are embedded in immigrant communities around the country.

Global Nation Reporting Fund

Since its inception, Public Radio International (PRI) has been dedicated to identifying and featuring new voices. These voices provide perspectives that helps us better understand our nation, our world, and our lives. In 2013, PRI launched Global Nation to tell the stories of a changing America and its people through the personal stories of real world immigrants. We’ve built a community around these stories through our Global Nation Exchange Facebook group, and our on-air and on-line reporting has reached millions. Now, we want to do more.

This fund will be a catalyst to bring more stories from more voices into Global Nation, the award-winning coverage area from PRI and public radio’s only daily global radio show PRI’s The World. Global Nation dives deep into stories and discussion of immigration and diversity in America. Global Nation stands out for its real-world stories about the immigrant experience from reporters who know and live in the communities they cover.

Angilee Shah and Monica Campbell, Global Nation Editors & Reporters
Angilee Shah and Monica Campbell, Global Nation Editors & Reporters

Our goal: 50 stories from new voices from the Fund.

  • When we raise $16,000, that will support the production of 50 stories (about one per week) from the Global Nation Reporting Fund in one year.
  • If we raise $32,000 we’ll feature two stories per week.
  • If we raise more than that, we can continue funding reporters into the following year.  

Join us, and you will support these new contributors who bring us deep understanding of and reporting on immigration and cultural diversity in the US.

What kinds of stories do we want to tell?  

We want reporting about pop culture, daily life, and major news. We’re looking for stories from around the country. And we want counternarratives that challenge conventional thinking about immigration reform and immigrant communities. We’ll also feature personal essays; the stories best told by the people whose life experiences help us understand our country better. 

We want the Global Nation Reporters Fund to be a model for bringing new and fresh voices into the media, especially into public media. This will be an open and participatory endeavor. We’ll make the story-pitching process easy, drawing heavily from our existing and rich discussion group, the Global Nation Exchange on Facebook. We’ll follow the Global Nation community’s lead as our coverage evolves. 

We want people to read more articles, essays, and reports from people like Sonny Lê, Evan Taparata, Ada Tseng and Miguel Morales. Their stories get to the heart of an increasingly diverse America, and showcase perspectives and issues that need more attention in public media.

The stories produced by the Global Nation Reporters Fund will reach a wide audience: PRI.org nets 1.5 million visitors per month.

Join us and you will help PRI, and public media as a whole, live up to its ideals to better reflect the diversity of America.

The laptop sticker will have this logo!
The laptop sticker will have this logo!

For those who support this campaign, we have some amazing incentives, many of which showcase the talents of our Global Nation community! Signed books and CDs, limited edition comics and a signed Haikus with Hotties calendar (signed by Randall Park!) are all created by Global Nation community members.

Signed copies of El Paso Hero with an exclusive, just-for-this-crowdfunding-campaign-cover, by Hector Rodriguez. Credit: Chema J. M. Cuéllar/Rio Bravo Comics
Signed copies of El Paso Hero with an exclusive, just-for-this-crowdfunding-campaign-cover, by Hector Rodriguez. Credit: Chema J. M. Cuéllar/Rio Bravo Comics
"If Asians sometimes remain silent in the face of racism, and if some seem to work unusually hard ... it is not because they want to be part of a 'model minority' but because they have often had no other choice." Karan Mahajan/The New Yorker.
"If Asians sometimes remain silent in the face of racism, and if some seem to work unusually hard ... it is not because they want to be part of a 'model minority' but because they have often had no other choice." Karan Mahajan/The New Yorker.
Crimmigration Law, a must-read for law students and practitioners seeking an introduction to the complex legal doctrine and practice challenges at the merger of immigration and criminal law
Crimmigration Law, a must-read for law students and practitioners seeking an introduction to the complex legal doctrine and practice challenges at the merger of immigration and criminal law
  
Copies of Ada Tseng's Haikus with Hotties calendar, signed by Randall Park!
Copies of Ada Tseng's Haikus with Hotties calendar, signed by Randall Park!
Global Nation T-shirt!
Global Nation T-shirt!
Zahra Noorbakhsh, writer, actor and comedian based in the San Francisco Bay Area, sporting a Global Nation social media badge!
Zahra Noorbakhsh, writer, actor and comedian based in the San Francisco Bay Area, sporting a Global Nation social media badge!
                     
Signed copies of "Eterno Retorno" by Diana Gameros
Signed copies of "Eterno Retorno" by Diana Gameros

Join us, and you’ll be supporting a model to elevate new, diverse voices in public media.

Risks and challenges

When you work with new people in an endeavor, journalism included, there is always uncertainty. Our intent is to work with people in whom we see potential and talent. The biggest risks and challenges are 1) it takes us longer to work with new contributors than we expected and we get fewer stories on PRI.org than we set out to do; 2) that the stories don't resonate and attract the large audiences we hope they will. And of course, with fulfilling incentives, there is a risk in delay in shipping. We make great audio and digital journalism, not T-shirts.

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    Our bottomless gratitude and a social media badge - so you can show your support for Global Nation to your friends and networks. Plus you'll get updates as we get more stories from our Global Nation Reporting Fund.

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    A Global Nation 2" x 2" laptop sticker (it's removable), a social media badge and our thanks.

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    A signed copy of Diana Gameros' album "Eterno Retorno" and a personal note from Diana. You will also get the Global Nation laptop sticker, social media badge, and our deepest appreciation.

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    A signed copy of the special edition 18 page, full color, comic book "El Peso Hero: Border Stories" by Hector Rodriguez. Includes 3 exclusive stories: "La Bestia," "The New Children," and "Deportation Force." You'll also receive the Global Nation sticker, social media badge, and thanks triumvirate.

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    A Global Nation t-shirt. Plus the Global Nation laptop sticker, social media badge, and our gratitude.

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    A "Haikus with Hotties" calendar signed by Randall Park. And the Global Nation sticker, the social media badge, and our thanks.

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    A signed copy of "The Making of Asian America: A History" by noted immigration historian Erika Lee. You'll also get the Global Nation sticker and social media badge.

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    One hour of solo performance, storytelling or stand up comedy coaching by comedian, Zahra Noorbakhsh. You'll also get the Global Nation sticker, social media badge, and our gratitude.

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    One hour of one-on-one social media storytelling and digital journalism coaching from Angilee Shah, our Global Nation digital editor, via Skype or other video conferencing. Plus you'll get the Global Nation sticker, social media badge, and our thanks.

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    One hour of one-on-one radio journalism mentoring with Monica Campbell, our Global Nation editor, via Skype or other video conferencing. Plus you'll get the Global Nation sticker, social media badge, and our thanks.

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    A signed copy of "Crimmigration Law", signed by author César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández. This book is a foundational immigration law text. You'll also receive the Global Nation sticker, social media badge, and our sincerest thanks.

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    A big thank you on PRI.org/GlobalNation. Your name will appear on our Global Nation page on PRI.org for a week! You'll also receive the Global Nation sticker, social media badge, and our sincerest thanks.

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    Lunch with one of our Global Nation editors, Monica Campbell, in San Francisco at one of her favorite Mexican restaurants. Transportation and accommodations are not provided. You'll also receive the Global Nation sticker, social media badge, and our thanks.

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    Lunch with one of our Global Nation editors, Angilee Shah, in Minneapolis or Los Angeles. Transportation and accommodations are not provided. You'll also receive the Global Nation sticker, social media badge, and our thanks.

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    Sit in on a live broadcast of PRI's The World in Boston. Transportation and accommodations are not provided. You'll also receive the Global Nation sticker, social media badge, and our thanks.

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Funding period

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