Los Angeles - December 6, 2007 - Editors' World, an independent, nonpartisan membership organization of U.S. journalists, today announced the formal launch of its web site, www.editorsworld.org.
Designed to help news professionals -- especially those in small to mid-size markets -- with a one-stop source for important global news information and insights, the new Editors' World web site creates an affordable resource for use by community-based desk, foreign and assignment editors, as well as producers and news directors for television, radio and the web.
"Currently, there is no service to support all but the largest news organizations in weaving global events into American stories on a daily basis, which is increasingly important with the expanding global market," said Nancy Hicks Maynard, founder and director of Editors'
World and a 40-year veteran of the news business.
Early in her career, she covered domestic policy for The New York Times in New York and Washington, and education for the New York Post. While Maynard was co-owner and deputy publisher of The Oakland Tribune, the newspaper won more than 100 prizes for journalistic excellence including the Pulitzer Prize.
"The site empowers journalists with a comprehensive resource to decipher the world's most important developments while providing insights as to how these stories impact 'Main Street USA,'" added Maynard.
Through news summaries; updates; briefings; Q&A's with experts; glossaries; book listings; and data and video feeds, Editors' World seeks to create a community of professional journalists who can talk to each other about global news coverage in a local context.
Maynard elaborated, "The presence of 40 million immigrants in the U.S. has generated demand for information that will help those immigrants as well as the native-born American audience understand the international trends that drive immigration and the pressures each experiences."
Jerelyn Eddings, editor of Editors' World, is a former foreign correspondent for The Baltimore Sun and a former congressional reporter for U.S. News and World Report.
According to Eddings, "The site provides insightful research that allows journalists to show their readers how to connect world issues with the day-to-day priorities of their personal and professional lives. For example, the recent Chinese toy recall can be focused globally, and then reexamined locally for its potential impact on holiday sales in a particular community."
The entire web site is available free-of-charge during a one-month trial period. Later, several specialized sections of the service (briefings, blogs, forums, best practices and training) will be available to members at a nominal fee -- $100/year for media professionals and $25/year for students.
Editors' World was developed with support from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and is a project of the Tides Center, the nation's leading values-based sponsor of social innovation. Additional information about Editors' World is available at www.editorsworld.org.
For more information about Editors' World or the web site:
phone 213.437.4442 or e-mail email@example.com.
For Editors' World
Tracy Quinn, 202.412.1595