The Seattle Globalist Programs
Seattle is a city with a big worldview. Named a “hyper-diverse city” by the Migration Policy Institute, more than a quarter of Seattle residents are foreign-born. Seattleites are exceptionally well traveled and the city is home to a bustling economy of nonprofits whose impact is felt across the globe. But there is no single media outlet here serving audiences who identify both locally and globally.
Enter the Seattle Globalist: a daily “hyperglobal” blog covering the connections between Seattle and the rest of the globe. It’s where Seattle meets the world.
Globalist contributors undertake topical reporting projects both locally and internationally. Our work tends to feature the people affected by key social justice issues--the small human stories that illuminate broad social, political or economic issues. Our coverage is focused on human rights, gender equality, social and economic justice, immigration, education, labor, health, and the environment. We support, facilitate and publish international reporting by media makers in our region, and publish daily stories on Seattle's many international connections.
In addition to increasing the diversity of journalism in our local media landscape, we are also committed to increasing the diversity of journalists and media makers in our region. Our youth apprenticeship program provides journalism training to youth from underserved communities through a nine-month job shadowing program and a series of weekend skill-building workshops.
The Globalist offers regular community workshops and one-on-one journalism and media training to our contributors and the public. We work with a diverse group of over 100 contributors including professional journalists, youth, community leaders and students.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
We launched the Seattle Globalist in April 2012, and already we've had over 100,000 visitors. We are extremely proud of the community that we've built in the past year, and the quality media we've produced and shared with the Pacific Northwest.
But perhaps the story of one of our Globalist Apprentices, Liliana, is an example of the work we're most proud of. Her family immigrated from Mexico to the United States when she was 12 years old, and her dream is to become an international journalist. In the first half of her year in the apprenticeship program, Liliana has already reported on how the DREAM Act has affected her community in Tacoma and researched a post with tips for young people dealing with the immigration system. She's published in both English and Spanish, learned digital photography, and she's currently planning a trip to do do volunteer work in Latin America and produce international journalism for the Globalist this summer.
Your donation will help us expand our network of media makers; continue our unique coverage, and grow our Globalist Youth programming. Thank you for your support!