GlobalPost is an online US digital journalism company that focuses on international news founded on January 12, 2009, by Philip S. Balboni and Charles M. Sennott.[1] Its stated mission is "to redefine international news for the digital age."[2] GlobalPost now has 64 correspondents worldwide following the kidnapping and beheading of James Foley, an event which has raised questions about GlobalPost's role in sending unsupported personnel into conflict zones.[3][4]

IndustryNews media
GenreDigital journalism
FoundedJanuary 12, 2009 (2009-01-12) in Boston, Massachusetts
FoundersPhilip S. Balboni
Charles M. Sennott
HeadquartersThe Pilot House, ,
United States
Area served
Key people
Executive staff:
  • Philip S. Balboni, Founder, President and CEO
  • Richard Byrne, Senior Vice President

Editorial staff:

  • Lizzy Tomei, Editor
  • David Case, Managing Editor
  • Alex Leff, Senior Editor
OwnerGlobal News Enterprises, LLC

In 2015, GlobalPost was acquired by WGBH.[5]


In 2009 GlobalPost announced syndication agreements with PBS and CBS. As part of the PBS partnership, GlobalPost correspondents began producing video segments for airing on The PBS NewsHour.[6] Additional arrangements with media outlets including the New York Daily News, The World Weekly, Times of India, and Newark Star-Ledger offered news organizations unlimited rights to republish GlobalPost content in exchange for a flat service fee. According to GlobalPost ownership, income from their syndication agreements accounted for more than 12-percent of the site's revenue.[7]

Interest in the site's direct-to-reader paid access options, however, has been lackluster. Within a year of launch GlobalPost had discounted their premium "Passport Service"—which offered access to unique content, but had fewer than 400 subscribers—from $199 to $99 per year.[8] A second price cut the same year discounted the subscription rate to less than $30.[9]


In 2011, GlobalPost's "On Location" video series was recognized with a Peabody Award and an Edward R. Murrow Award.[10]


  1. ^ "GlobalPost Facebook Info Page". Facebook. Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  2. ^ "Our Mission". July 4, 2009. Retrieved May 27, 2011. (official site)
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  4. ^ Paul S. Balbon; Charles M. Sennott. "Our Mission". Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  5. ^ WGBH to acquire international news website GlobalPost
  6. ^ Romenesko, Jim. ""PBS NewsHour," GlobalPost announce newsgathering partnership". Poynter. Retrieved November 27, 2013.
  7. ^ "The Newsonomics of new news syndication » Nieman Journalism Lab". March 11, 2010. Retrieved November 27, 2013.
  8. ^ Glaser, Mark (January 29, 2010). "GlobalPost Expands Partnerships, Struggles with Pay Service | Mediashift". PBS. Retrieved November 27, 2013.
  9. ^ Mitchell, Bill (July 22, 2010). "GlobalPost to Test 'Soft Meter' with Journalism Online". Poynter. Retrieved November 27, 2013.
  10. ^ 72nd Annual Peabody Awards, May 2012

External linksEdit

  • Nieman Journalism Lab. "GlobalPost". Encyclo: An Encyclopedia of the Future of News. Retrieved April 1, 2012.