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.
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
Export.gov: Information about international trade
International Financial Scams: U.S. State Department site documenting financial scams
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.
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.
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.