NPR International Journalism Connecting Audiences To The World
With 17 international bureaus and 22 correspondents embedded in communities around the world, NPR’s commitment to international journalism stands out. At a time when most American news outlets have closed their international bureaus, NPR has doubled down, opening new bureaus and expanding our coverage of world events. Our reporting offers context, analysis and tells the human stories beyond the headlines to present a fuller picture of the world to audiences at home.
One of the big reasons that listeners tune-in to NPR is for its international coverage. That space is getting smaller and smaller and smaller, and everybody knows that.” Deborah Amos NPR International Correspondent
NPR’s Reach 29 million
The number of weekly broadcast listeners to all NPR programming and newscasts.
NPR’s monthly audience across broadcast and digital platforms.
The number of unique monthly visitors to npr.org.
Our Impact Nearly 5,000 stories published from locations around the world in 2018.
More than 40% of all on-air coverage devoted to international affairs.
Recognition I became a foreign correspondent because I wanted to connect Americans to the rest of the world through compelling storytelling.” Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson NPR International Correspondent
NPR’s international reporting has been recognized with some of the highest honors in journalism, including a George Foster Peabody award (2014), an Edward R. Murrow Award (2015) and an Overseas Press Club Award (2017), among many others.
Filling An Urgent Need In today’s interdependent world, it’s increasingly important for Americans to be informed about global events. Yet, many media outlets have drastically reduced their international coverage.4 With fewer voices sharing stories from abroad, the picture that Americans receive of the world is severely limited. The impacts are far-ranging, from affecting foreign policy, to limiting Americans’ ability to compete in today’s globalized economy. To fill this critical need, NPR provides comprehensive coverage of international events. On air and online, we produce nearly 5,000 international stories each year, providing the critical information that people need to understand events shaping our world.
On-the-Ground Reporting NPR’s international correspondents are embedded in the regions they cover, which enriches their reporting with context and local perspective. We put a human face on the stories we cover, sharing the impact of events on the lives of real people. Additionally, NPR’s commitment to international coverage goes beyond reporting on war and natural disasters. We consistently report on the lives of people abroad, offering a nuanced look at the events, ideas and cultures shaping life beyond our borders.
On air and online, NPR offers comprehensive coverage of world events, including:
Breaking news coverage from the scene of events.
WHAT IT TAKES Bureau Operations From correspondent living expenses, to office space, to legal counsel to navigate local media laws, sustaining bureaus abroad requires significant investment.
Travel NPR correspondents typically cover a region of the world, which requires frequent travel and the need to hire local “fixers” and/or translators.
Equipment To ensure that correspondents can file stories from remote locations, NPR provides technology such as satellite phones, secure laptops and other reporting tools.
Security NPR does everything possible to prepare, protect and support journalists abroad. In addition to hostile environment training, we provide specialized gear (such as body armor and helmets), security personnel and trauma counseling as needed.
Expertise NPR’s international correspondents are among our network’s most accomplished. They draw upon many years of experience, deep connections in the regions they report from and, in most cases, they are fluent in the language(s) of the places they cover.
In-depth series that delve deep into an issue or region.
Digital features, which often include long-form reporting, powerful photography, maps and interactive elements.
Goats and Soda blog, which focuses upon global health and development.
Podcasts, including the popular international podcast, Rough Translation.
Social media posts from NPR’s international correspondents, which offer glimpses into life in other countries though candid photos, blog posts and other personal content.
NPR International Bureaus And Offices
Berlin Culver City
Washington D.C. Mexico City Dakar
Rio de Janeiro
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Numerous studies have found that the availability of international reporting has drastically declined in print and broadcast journalism. For instance,
the Pew Research Center’s “State of the News Media 2014” found that international reporters working for U.S. newspapers declined by nearly a quarter between 2003-2010. Another resource, The Tyndall Report, which monitors the weekday nightly newscasts of the three American broadcast television networks, found that in since 1988, network news coverage of international stories decreased 65 percent. P HOTOS (C LO C KWISE O N COVER)
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