Friday, March 30, 2007

Connecting foreign news to local readers

Newspapers have been cutting back on coverage of foreign news for years. One new group is trying to help fill the gap.

Editors’ World, a membership organization, is designed to provide editors and news directors with information about global subjects such as immigration, trade, wealth, environmental policy and health care.

Nancy Hicks Maynard, the founder and director, said the group helps editors address the implications of what’s happening in the world in their local stories.

“The goal is to change coverage and to help news organizations,” said Maynard, co-founder of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education in Oakland, Calif. “This is to also let the public know that we’re part of the bigger world.”

Editors can register at EditorsWorld.org, which is now running a free trial period but plans to charge a membership fee later this year.

- ASNE Reporter / Sha’Day Jackson

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