World News Innovator, GlobalPost, wins series of prestigious journalism awards in 2012

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Multiple Awards Recognize GlobalPost‘s Coverage of the Arab Spring and Its Distinctive Reporting Around the World

In a dramatic year for news, GlobalPost correspondents were truly tested as a news organization and we did our best to deliver insightful, hard-hitting reporting from the ground in Libya and Egypt and elsewhere.

The world news site, GlobalPost, was honored four times during April 2012 for its groundbreaking international coverage. GlobalPost, which features distinctive reporting on business, the economy, politics and culture, was recognized for its breaking news coverage in Libya, twice for its in-depth Special Reports coverage of Egypt, and its online video series “On Location.”

On April 25, the Overseas Press Club (OPC) recognized GlobalPost twice. The first award was for Online Coverage of Breaking News for its reporting on the fall of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. “In one of the biggest years for major international news events in recent memory, it is particularly gratifying to win this prestigious award in an extremely competitive category for our reporting on one of the most covered stories of the year,” said GlobalPost Editor Thomas Mucha. “This is a foreign correspondents’ award, and the real honor goes to the GlobalPost correspondents in the field who put themselves in harm’s way to get this story with the kind of courage, professionalism, and grit that are the hallmarks of excellence in our business.”

The OPC also recognized GlobalPost’s Executive Editor and co-founder Charles M. Sennott, who was part of a team with the PBS series FRONTLINE that was awarded a Citation in the Online Coverage of Breaking News category for coverage of the protests in Egypt and the fall of President Hosni Mubarak in February 2011.

“In a dramatic year for news, we were truly tested as a news organization and did our best to deliver insightful, hard-hitting reporting from the ground in Libya and Egypt and elsewhere,” said Sennott, who oversees GlobalPost’s foundation-supported Special Reports. “We are particularly proud to have won recognition in the Overseas Press Club’s Breaking News category this year, taking the award for fast-paced coverage on the web of events in Libya during the fall and death of Muammar Gaddafi and to have received a citation for a more in-depth documentary approach in our partnership with FRONTLINE in ‘A Revolution in Cairo.’ The strength of GlobalPost is to be able to do both breaking news as well as in-depth Special Reports and it’s a big honor for all of us to be recognized for that.”

Today, members of a team from GlobalPost were named as finalists for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists. These journalists participated in a fellowship that brought together 17 young Egyptian and American reporters to chronicle the dramatic changes in Egypt in 2011. Their reporting and photography, which was recognized in the International News category, was published as part of the GlobalPost Special Report: “Tahrir Square.”

GlobalPost’s ‘Special Reports,’ including much of its coverage of Egypt last year, are funded in part by The Ford Foundation through the Freedom of Expression Unit which supports in-depth international reporting on social justice issues.

Earlier in April, GlobalPost was honored with a 2011 George Foster Peabody Award for its “On Location” video series, 75 distinctive videos from 34 different countries. In announcing GlobalPost's award, the Peabody Board praised "On Location" for focusing "on news and events neglected or ignored by other media outlets." The oldest award for electronic media, the Peabody recognizes “distinguished achievement and meritorious service by broadcasters, cable and Webcasters.”

This recent series of awards capped an extraordinarily successful year for GlobalPost and followed ten Best in Business Journalism Awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW), which were awarded in February. GlobalPost is also a finalist for The Webby Award in the category of News and Politics Video Series and was nominated for a GLAAD Award for its series of Special Reports, “The Rainbow Struggle.”

About GlobalPost
GlobalPost is the acclaimed 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.

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