Virtual convening: Working With International Media

Original event date: Friday, September 16, 2022 2:00 PM EST

Working With International Media
Explore the ins and outs of working with international media with Cristi Hegranes, Chief Executive Officer, Publisher and Founder of Global Press. A former foreign correspondent, Hegranes founded Global Press in 2006,  building the organization on the principle that world news should be reported by indigenous women in the global communities where they live. Global Press team members are reporters, editors, educators, and international development professionals operating in 13 countries around the world.

About The West Foundation Community Convenings:
The West Foundation’s Community Convenings foster a safe and supportive space for practitioners from across all sectors to come together to explore new models of social impact, connect with thought partners, and brainstorm solutions to barriers faced in your work. Through carefully chosen topics (often solicited from our grantees) we’ll delve into topics impacting the day-to-day operations of nonprofit practitioners.

The goal for each Convening is to shape and amplify the work you do as dedicated advocates of poverty elimination. By accelerating skillsets and fostering new ideas regarding social progress for the Global South, and connecting people to potential new partners, we hope to foster increased connectivity and collaboration in the sector of social development.

More about Cristi Hegranes:
Cristi Hegranes, CEO of Global Press and the Publisher of Global Press Journal. She founded Global Press in 2006 to change the face of international journalism by building women-led news bureaus in some of the world’s least-covered places. Today, Global Press operates more than 40 independent news bureaus. Global Press Journal offers free republication of all of its stories in six languages and works to strengthen the media sector in every location where it operates, driving new standards of ethics, investigation and transparency.

In her role as CEO, Cristi leads the business side of the organization, which is committed to keeping editorial processes independent. Cristi is an expert in local journalist security. She created Global Press’ industry-leading Duty of Care program to provide for the physical, emotional, digital and legal security of its journalists. The program was named one of Fast Company Magazine’s World Changing Ideas in 2022, won the 2020 Chester M. Pierce Human Rights Prize from the American Psychiatric Association and was honored by SOS International in 2021. Cristi is also the lead author of the Global Press Style Guide, a language resource which is now used by more than 100 news organizations and educational institutions.

Cristi holds a Master’s degree in journalism from New York University and a Bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University. Cristi is an Emerson Collective Dial Fellow, an Ashoka Fellow and was the Social Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Stanford University. She is the recipient of the Society of Professional Journalists Journalism Innovation Prize, the Jefferson Award for Public Service and the Ida B. Wells Award for Bravery in Journalism, among others. Global Press has been named one of Inc. Magazine’s best places to work and won a Stevie Award for the Best Women-Led Business of 2019. Cristi lives in Washington DC with her two-year-old son Henry, who is a global geography buff.