Resources for Reporting on Globalization

Globalization is about interconnection and interdependence; reporting on globalization means finding the larger issues within a smaller community and explaining global issues from a local perspective.
To be successful at covering globalization and tying global issues to local concerns, journalists need to understand both the big picture — what are the global issues — and the local "lens." First, decide on a broad issue — food, community, natural resources, economics, etc. — then focus on fine points that are of interest to your audience.
This page includes resources to facilitate your coverage of global issues that impact your local communities. These resources are part of a Specialized Reporting Institute, "Covering Globalization at the Local Level," March 19–21, 2012, hosted by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, DePaul University and The Poynter Institute. The workshop was funded by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.

Find an Expert

Why Global Topics Matter to Local Audiences

Richard Longworth, senior fellow, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs,, 312-821-7508

International Economics

Rick Mattoon, senior economist and economic adviser, Chicago Federal Reserve Bank,, 312-322-2428

Food and Security Issues

Bob Easter, president-designate, University of Illinois,, 217-333-0034

Immigration and Communities

Tamar Jacoby, president and CEO, Immigration Works USA,

Energy and Technology

Steve Brick, senior fellow on energy and climate, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs,

National Security

Michael Desch, professor and chair, department of political science; co-director, Notre Dame International Security Program; fellow, Joan P. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame,, 574-631-5189

Twitter Tags to Watch

@GlobalPost GlobalPost publishes original international news content

@davos The World Economic Forum is best known for its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland

@GlobalVoices Tweets call attention to perspectives emerging from citizen journalists around the world


GlobalVoices is an international blogging community. Bloggers and translators work together to create reports from citizen journalists around the world, emphasizing voices and viewpoints that are often missing from mainstream media.

The McGill Report: SRI presenter Doug McGill's blog on media for global citizens.

What Others Are Doing

Groundbreaking and informative stories from conference participants:

Chicago Protests Greet NATO Summit as Allies Grapple with Differences, Robert Koenig, May 19, 2012

Putin's Absence May Overshadow G8 Summit Moves on Economy and Oil Prices, Robert Koenig, May 18, 2012

The Red Line Project NATO Summit Coverage, DePaul University journalism students, May 2012

Chicago Council on Global Affairs posted a website on the NATO and G8 summits, May 2012

NATO Summit Caught in Spin Cycle on Both Sides, Laura Washington, May 13, 2012

McCormick Poynter G8/NATO Specialized Reporting Institute Highlights, Storify and The Red Line Project, March 2012

Key Resources

Global Journalism

Glocal Resources: A collection of local and global journalism resources complied by reporter and SRI presenter Doug McGill

Public Insight Network: An international network of sources and educational resources for journalists

International Reporting Project: Provides opportunities for U.S. journalists to travel overseas and report on critical issues that are under-covered in the U.S. media

Pulitzer Center: Supports independent international journalism

Latitude News: Emphasizing that international isn't foreign anymore, this site brings international news into local focus

GlobalPost: Online aggregation site devoted to international news

BBC: Useful for an outside-of-the-U.S. perspective on world news

Government Agencies and Organizations Addressing Globalization Information about international trade

International Financial Scams: U.S. State Department site documenting financial scams

USDA Economic Research Service and Foreign Agricultural Service: U.S. Department of Agriculture sources for data on agriculture, farming and international agricultural trade

World Trade Organization and WTO's Media Newsroom: Sources for journalists on world trade

Resources from "Beyond the G8/NATO Summits," A McCormick Specialized Reporting Institute

Covering Globalization @ The Local Level: SRI organizer and presenter and Poynter affiliate faculty member Bill Mitchell offered this game plan for covering global issues at a local level. It includes ideas for finding local and national sources as well as international journalism organizations and resources.

How to Cover International Topics at a Local Level: Doug McGill presented this description of "glocal" reporting at the SRI.

Managing the Multiplatform Story Flow: Tran Ha, editor of the Chicago Tribune’s RedEye, presented these strategies for multiplatform publishing.



Connecting Global Issues to Your Community: Discover the international dimension of local stories in your community. Learn how to find a gold mine of under-covered stories, how to give international context to what’s happening locally and how to connect the dots between global events and your local community. Offered at 2 p.m. Eastern time, Aug. 30. Register now!


Poynter hosted a live chat with Doug McGill, a reporter and presenter in the Specialized Reporting Institute, ”Covering Globalization at the Local Level: Beyond the G8/NATO Summits in Chicago,” that was held in Chicago on March 19-21, 2012. Listen to a replay of the chat for tips from Doug McGill on taking a "glocal" approach to reporting.

Self-Directed Courses

Reporting Global Issues Locally: Most big international stories have ripples that reach even the smallest of communities. This course will help you shrink the world and bring it to your readers, your viewers, your listeners.

Environmental Reporting: An Introduction: Environment stories touch on everything from trade to weather, food to health. This course will help you find new approaches to your stories, translate scientific jargon and find great sources for your environment stories.

Covering Climate Change: Climate change touches all beats and all locales. This course will give non-expert reporters and citizen journalists a firm grounding in the science and policy underlying climate change to ensure professional coverage of this key global issue.

International Reporting Basics: What You Need to Know Before You Go: Our economies, our environment, our health and our communities are linked as never before and the world is full of great stories. This course will provide you with the basic information and skills necessary to embark on a foreign assignment and prepare you for the challenges you may face in the field.

Webinar Replays

Reporting on the Euro: What Everyone Needs to Know: This Webinar, from Feb. 3, 2011, examines the euro and explains how the euro crisis affects jobs, foreign investment, imports and exports and your local economy.

Getting Ahead of the Food Price Story: This Webinar, from May 26, 2011, shows how rising food prices affect everyone. You'll learn how to cut through the buzz words to explain the story to your readers and viewers and show them how global food prices affect local wallets.