PBS NewsHour and GlobalPost Announce News Gathering Partnership

As part of its efforts to lead the way in the presentation of thoughtful and in-depth international journalism, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer (soon to become the PBS NewsHour on December 7) announced a news gathering partnership with Boston-based GlobalPost that will begin immediately.

The PBS NewsHour will collaborate with GlobalPost’s network of approximately seventy country-based correspondents around the world to provide the NewsHour’s broadcast and digital audiences with timely on-the-ground information about breaking news developments around the world. This network will augment the NewsHour’s current international reporting capabilities.

As part of the partnership, GlobalPost correspondents and videographers will jointly produce weekly video segments that will air on The PBS NewsHour broadcast and will also appear on the Online PBS NewsHour web site. GlobalPost and the PBS NewsHour staffs will work closely on story selection and on the various production aspects of each report. GlobalPost correspondents and GlobalPost Executive Editor Charles Sennott may also occasionally appear on the PBS NewsHour broadcast and digital platforms to provide reports and updates on developing news events.

Further, the PBS NewsHour and GlobalPost may undertake occasional special larger reporting projects or series throughout the year, to deeply examine specific topics. None are planned at this time.

“We are delighted with this new partnership with GlobalPost,” said Linda Winslow, Executive Producer of the PBS NewsHour. “The NewsHour is committed to in-depth coverage of international news, yet we cannot do it all ourselves. By tapping into GlobalPost’s innovative reporting network, we can serve our audience well and extend our limited resources.”

“This is a wonderful opportunity for both GlobalPost and The NewsHour,” added Philip Balboni, President and CEO of GlobalPost. “GlobalPost aims to redefine international reporting by creating a new model for the digital age that efficiently produces extensive global reporting. By partnering with The NewsHour, we can bring to that coverage the editorial sensibility for which the NewsHour is known and infuse it with the thoughtfulness, depth and balance the NewsHour demands.”

About The NewsHour

The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer (relaunching as the PBS NewsHour on December 7, 2009) ( www.pbs.org/newshour ) is seen five nights a week on more than 315 PBS stations across the country (check local listings) and is also available online, via public radio in select markets and via podcast. The program is produced by MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, in association with WETA Washington, DC, and THIRTEEN in New York. Corporate funding for The NewsHour is provided by Chevron and Intel, with major funding from the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers.

About GlobalPost

GlobalPost ( www.GlobalPost.com ) is the acclaimed international 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. GlobalPost is the vision of journalist and media entrepreneur Philip S. Balboni and award-winning foreign correspondent Charles M. Sennott.