Byline: How Local Journalists Can Improve the Global News Industry and Change the World
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About the Author
CRISTI HEGRANES (HEG-RUH-NESS) is the founder and CEO of Global Press, a nonprofit news organization that trains and employs local women journalists in some of the world's least-covered places. Cristi is the architect of the industry's leading Duty of Care program for local women journalists, which was named one of Fast Company's World Changing Ideas of 2022 and received the Human Rights Prize from the American Psychiatric Association in 2020. She is also the lead author of the Global Press Style Guide, which elevates standards for dignified and precise language in international journalism. Cristi has taught journalism and social entrepreneurship courses at Stanford and Georgetown universities. Originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico, Cristi now lives outside Washington DC with her toddler son, Henry.
Cristi Hegranes's Byline upends the idea of foreign reporting as historically practiced, and thoughtfully offers better, accurate ways forward. Her oft-amusing examples of "parachute journalism" are eye-opening, expose dangers and limitations of mainstream media, and inspire all of us to do better. Where this book most shines is in proffering solutions, such as how communities can tell their own stories or how audience feedback can be revolutionary. There's nothing parochial about Hegranes's vision for local news; indeed, it's an essential guide to committing and consuming journalism in the new world order.
S. Mitra Kalita, CEO, URL Media
Byline is an essential book for anyone who cares about international journalism. Drawing on 17 years' experience building and running one of the most transformative models for journalism to be found anywhere in the world, Hegranes is uniquely positioned to explain what's wrong with the current system and, most importantly, how it can genuinely be improved.
David Bornstein, Co-founder, Solutions Journalism Network
Byline is many things, prescient, erudite, and timely but it is especially an affirmation of the value of journalism when it is done well.
Khadija Patel, Journalist in residence, International Fund for Public Interest Media