As American TV news outlets continue to cut back on overseas bureaus, each are finding creative ways to deliver international news to viewers. Many partner with broadcasters overseas on content and correspondent sharing agreements, while others set up small one-person mini bureaus for an entire region.
NBC News is taking another step: partnering with global news site GlobalPost, which has 13 full-time correspondents and dozens of others spread throughout the world.
“As part of the agreement, NBC News and MSNBC will have access to GlobalPost’s correspondents, as well as digital video and written reports, to use across its digital platforms such as NBCNews.com and msnbc.com, as well as to supplement NBC’s on-air coverage beyond its own international bureaus,” NBC says in a statement. “Reports commissioned by NBC will be exclusive to the network.”
GlobalPost used to have a content agreement with CBS News, which a spokesperson confirms has ended. It will continue to collaborate with PBS “Newshour” and “FRONTLINE” on some stories and special reports.
With networks shifting resources, adding a slew of reporters across the globe is a valuable thing to have. Back in May we reported that all of the U.S. networks have left Iraq, and now we hear Afghanistan may be next, despite the continued violence there, and the presence of U.S. troops.
NBC NEWS ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH GLOBALPOST
NBC News and MSNBC will have access to GlobalPost’s network of correspondents as well as digital video and reports
NEW YORK, NY— July 29, 2013—NBC News announced today a partnership with GlobalPost, an award-winning international news website with a network of credentialed journalists around the world. As part of the agreement, NBC News and MSNBC will have access to GlobalPost’s correspondents, as well as digital video and written reports, to use across its digital platforms such as NBCNews.com and msnbc.com, as well as to supplement NBC’s on-air coverage beyond its own international bureaus. Reports commissioned by NBC will be exclusive to the network.
Based in Boston, GlobalPost’s core strength is its roster of talented correspondents, writers, photographers and videographers around the world. The site features original reporting from 13 senior correspondents, who work full-time for GlobalPost from key cities, and reports from a vast network of other experienced freelance journalists. GlobalPost focuses its reporting on important strategic, business, political and social trends and features a diverse array of distinctive stories and video about interesting people and events. It has received a number of prestigious journalism awards for its work, including a Peabody Award and a Polk Award.
“When it comes to international reporting, having reporters who are native to the area, who understand the local culture, politics and people is essential,” said David Verdi, SVP of NBC News Worldwide Newsgathering. “Our team of international correspondents is already incredibly strong, and with this partnership, GlobalPost will help us expand our global presence, enable us to offer a wider breadth of front-line stories, and further differentiate our international coverage on-air and online.”
“In just a few short years, GlobalPost has become a powerful digital home to some of the best reporting from around the world. They are just the kind of digital-native organization that the NBC News Digital Group wants to do business with, and we look forward to working together on stories and featuring their content on our platforms,” said Vivian Schiller, SVP & Chief Digital Officer at NBC News.
“When you get the opportunity to work with a world-class news organization and a powerhouse digital brand the caliber of NBC News, you jump at it,” said GlobalPost co-founder, President and CEO Philip S. Balboni. “We are excited to work with them to deliver authentic, on-the-ground coverage of international news to a wide audience at a time when a deeper understanding of world events is critically important to our own national discussion.”
For more on GlobalPost and a list of its international correspondents, visit: http://www.globalpost.com/mission/our-team/correspondents.
About NBC News Digital Group
NBC News Digital Group is a collection of innovative and powerful news brands that deliver compelling, diverse and visually engaging stories on your platform of choice. NBC News Digital Group features world-class brands including NBCNews.com, msnbc.com, TODAY.com, theGrio.com, NBCLatino.com, NBCPolitics.com, iVillage, Nightly News, Meet the Press, Dateline, Newsvine, Breaking News, and the existing apps and digital extensions of these respective properties. We provide something for every news consumer with our comprehensive offerings that deliver the best in breaking news, segments from your favorite NBC News shows, live video coverage, original journalism, lifestyle features, commentary and local updates.
GlobalPost is the world news site with outstanding original reporting from country-based journalists in all regions of the world. Noted by The New York Times as “offering a mix of news and features that only a handful of other news organizations can rival,” GlobalPost offers fresh, in-depth perspective on the changing global picture that affects us all by combining traditional journalistic values and the power of new media. GlobalPost has received a number of prestigious journalism awards for its work, including the Peabody Award, the Polk Award, 2 Edward R. Murrow Awards, and the Overseas Press Club Award.