Welcome to Global Voices!

This document explains our mission and how our community works.

Getting started

We don't have a physical office. Global Voices’ team and our team of hundreds of contributors operate virtually from our homes in various parts of the world. Activity revolves around our newsroom, available in dozens of language sites, as well as two special projects, Advox and Rising Voices. Finally, the Community blog serves as our contributors’ space.

Each section of GV has its team of editors and contributors/translators who communicate mainly via email, WordPress editorial comments, and other communication channels. Different sections might use messenger apps for real-time communications.

Our newsroom contributors work with newsroom teams and editors to find and produce the most compelling, important, credible, and trustworthy stories coming from marginalized and misrepresented communities.

To do that, we rely on the first edit of all our stories to be from a newsroom editor with knowledge of the country or the subject (for example, Advox or RunetEcho editor). Our newsroom editors are best equipped to verify citizen media sources, add context, and make sure that we amplify voices that usually get ignored or misrepresented by other media outlets.

Our authors write mainly in Global Voices in English, Rising Voices, Advox, and the Community blog, after which translators make these posts possible in dozens of languages. Our Translation Managers team manages our languages and oversees and facilitates the translation of our authors’ posts.

Volunteering for Global Voices is very rewarding! Contributing to GV opens the door to many new friendships and professional opportunities. GVers are frequently contacted by foreign media and organizations when important events are occurring in their countries.

Translators experience unique content, get introduced to new cultures and discover new parts of the world, and get a deeper understanding of foreign and international affairs through a local perspective. They acquire new skills that are rarely available to practice in the industry, language skills improvement in writing and communications, making them way more qualified!

Everything on Global Voices is published under a Creative Commons license, so be prepared to see your best work appear on other news websites and blogs too.

Learn more about Global Voices:

Who's who at Global Voices?

A lot of people are involved in making Global Voices tick from day to day, including you! Ensure that you learn who your primary contact at GV should be. This will usually be a regional editor in the newsroom or a translation manager, but feel free to ask anyone on the core team, including our Lingua manager and our managing editor, to guide you.

Find further details about all the above by following these links:

Communication within GV

As a networked organization, Global Voices relies on communication between our contributors to exist. We communicate to collaborate on work, share ideas and skills, and also to make friends and have fun together. Read the document linked below to get a general idea of our communications norms:

Communication Within GV

And read the document linked below for a list of the various kinds of communications channels we use at GV. It should help you discover which channels and groups you should belong to:


Participating in the GV community

As a Global Voices contributor, you help decide what happens to the website, our priorities, and the future of our project. We also try to connect through social networking sites. Always feel free to suggest ideas or raise concerns to your newsroom editor, translation manager, Managing Editor, the Lingua Manager, or your board representative.

Global Voices Meetups

Around every two years, Global Voices holds a summit in a different location to bring as many Global Voices contributors together as possible. In the past, we've been able to invite some of our most active volunteers to travel to these summits at no cost. We will always strive to bring in as many people as possible.

At other times, Global Voices contributors who live in the same cities or regions have organized their meetings. Feel free to reach out to fellow GVers who are in your area. You could also be invited to blogger events or conferences where you meet other Global Voices contributors.

Also read: Community Ethics and Harassment Policy | Rights and Responsibilities of Contributors

Board Representation

Like all nonprofit foundations, Global Voices is governed by a board of directors. You can see the members of the current board here. The current GV board of directors comprises nine seats.

Two of these seats are reserved for the founders of GV (Ethan and Rebecca), three for members of the GV community, and four for other individuals of the board’s choosing.

The GV community elected board representatives ensure that the organization serves the interests of GV community members. They are the community’s spokespeople at the board level and the conduit for community perspectives. As such, they should be in regular touch with you all to listen to and familiarize themselves with your opinions and concerns. Learn more here.

Your Profile

Your editor or translation manager will create an account; then, the site will send you the username a link to create a password to log in to Global Voices’ WordPress platform. The first thing you should do is edit your profile, add a bio and create an account on Gravatar to update your photo.

When you update your bio, readers will know about all the exciting things you are working on! Your bio will come up in Google search. Make it interesting!

Also, it is beneficial if you fill in the contact information fields within your profile: phone numbers, the city of residence, and the emergency contact. Only editors will have access to this information.

It is recommended to keep your contact information in your profiles updated and to fill out all fields. In moments of crisis and conflict, the internet can go out or be taken out, and we will want to know you are safe. On a related note, check out the Digital First Aid Kit.

Editorial Comments

After receiving a notification from WordPress, your editor will check the post. They might send you a few points to clarify through Editorial Comments. You will receive a notification from WordPress in your email about this.

We aim to publish your post 3-24 hours after you notify your Newsroom Editor. Varying time zones and schedules make this challenging, so please forgive us if we take longer. If you feel like there is an urgency to your post, it is a good idea to check in with your editor on chat, WhatsApp, or email.

As for translations, it might take longer depending on the availability of volunteer translation managers.