It was interesting to hear Charles M. Sennott, executive editor and vice president for GlobalPost, an on-line voice for global news, talk about the growing void in solid, unbiased international news reporting.
Sennott addressed the Public Relations Global Network (PRGN) membership during the organization’s recent meetings in New York. His resume is impressive, having worked nearly 25 years as a reporter covering the front lines of wars and insurgencies in 15 countries from the jungles of Colombia to the deserts of Iraq. He has covered a wide range of stores from the papal transition in Rome to the oil industry in Saudi Arabia.
He told the PRGN that with the decline of newspapers’ ability and desire to have foreign correspondents, international reporting has become somewhat of a rarity. Sennott aims to create a place for such reporting with GlobalPost, an online international news source.
Sennott says his staff of in-country correspondents, who adhere to the highest standards of journalism, bring readers unique, in-depth, on-the-ground insights on important social, political and economic international issues. He adds that the publication’s balanced, objective and accurate reports from the field help readers measure the impact of international events on their lives.
It’s an interesting concept. GlobalPost’s goal is to surpass 1 million subscribers by the end of the year. I’d say it’s got more than a fighting chance.