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Aggregation from beyond the Nation

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Aggregation from beyond the Nation

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Globalvision News Network features stories from 120 countries as U.S. media and their consumers seek broader perspectives

For people aggravated about seeing the world mostly through a U.S.- media lens, aggregation is one solution to their problem.

The Globalvision News Network gathers stories from 350 news wires, newspapers, Web sites, and other sources in 120 countries and all seven continents (even Antarctica!). GVNN then redistributes this content to various media -- including The Boston Globe's foreign desk -- as well as clients such as governmental and nongovernmental organizations, academic institutions, corporations, and individuals.

"Our No. 1 goal is to put more diversity into the news stream," said Rory O'Connor, editor in chief of the 2001-founded GVNN. "We look at events from the inside out, and with multiple voices."

This international approach is particularly vital in the post-9/11 world now focusing on U.S. actions in Iraq. One of GVNN's offerings is a daily "Crisis Capsule" that includes stories relating to that conflict, which O'Connor described (just before the start of U.S. bombing) as a "huge train coming down the track."

But GVNN also goes beyond crisis coverage. For instance, while the mainstream media's Middle East coverage mostly focuses on things such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, GVNN has done stories on topics such as the water problems in that part of the world.

O'Connor sees GVNN as a "complement rather than competitor" to wires such as The Associated Press and Reuters. …

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