Local Voices Project

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IWPR’s Local Voices Project fosters a deeper understanding among the American public of the critical international issues confronting the United States by providing them with access to news and commentary produced by local journalists in areas of conflict around the world.

We achieve this objective by providing:

  • Ready-for-publication news and commentary articles specifically chosen to appear in US and international newspapers and on websites and digital networks, like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube; 
  • Eyewitness information and analysis on breaking news events through real-time briefings to inform decision-makers, international media, IWPR Friends and the public; 
  • Cross-learning experiences that bring IWPR journalists from crisis areas to the US for round-table discussions, briefings and other public events. 

"IWPR provides a critical link between international reporting and local realities. It supports the local journalism we all benefit from and is of great value to me in trying to make sense of crisis areas."
Christiane Amanpour, CNN Chief International Correspondent

The programme also serves as an international platform for IWPR-trained journalists where they may display their efforts to strengthen civil societies in their home countries.

The need to provide American and international readers with direct access to news and information from such areas of conflict as Iraq and Afghanistan has become increasingly acute in recent years as US news organisations, battered by a challenging economic climate, have cut back on their reporting resources and the amount of space they devote to international news and comment.

To counter this trend, IWPR selects and tailors stories likely to be of interest to US editors and their readers. Leading stories are selected each week from the best-of-the-best written by IWPR-trained local journalists and routinely delivered to subscribers of the McClatchy-Tribune News Service, which also provides stories produced by the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Philadelphia Inquirer as well as other newspapers across the US to subscribers around the world. Since IWPR’s inception, its articles have been seen by readers from Bangor, Maine, to Honolulu, Hawaii, both in print and on websites associated with various news organisations. Monthly readership of IWPR-articles routinely exceeds 1 million.

IWPR has established a particular reputation for serving as a pipeline through which local reporters can reach international media. According to Christiane Amanpour, CNN Chief International Correspondent, “IWPR provides a critical link between international reporting and local realities. It supports the local journalism we all benefit from and is of great value to me in trying to make sense of crisis areas.”