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The donation will help The Fuller Project reach and engage local audiences around the world.

The Fuller Project, the global nonprofit newsroom dedicated to groundbreaking journalism about women, has received a $250,000 donation from Craig Newmark Philanthropies to sustain our reporting on the stories of women who often go unheard, while reaching and engaging local audiences around the world.

“This support will help us keep women at the center of the story, and bring our readers the context and history that defines good journalism,” said Xanthe Scharff, co-founder and CEO of The Fuller Project. “We are grateful for Craig Newmark Philanthropies’ continued support of our mission, the necessary work of fully representing all women to spur gender equality within and beyond our industry.”

This core funding from Craig Newmark Philanthropies will allow The Fuller Project to continue disrupting gender bias in the news industry, strengthening our collaborations with local newsrooms to deliver high-quality reporting on women in news deserts, and centering women’s own voices in the most important stories affecting women globally. 

The crisis in local news has left an increasing number of communities in the United States and around the world without a single local newspaper. Where these outlets once served to bring communities together, act as watchdogs for corruption and sustain democracy at the local level, there is now growing vulnerability to misinformation. Building intentional long-term partnerships with local newsrooms allows The Fuller Project and our partners to deliver essential, fact-based and nonpartisan reporting about women to these underserved audiences. Our collaborations also enrich each newsroom in the partnership, growing source networks while sharing the research and evidence that underpins great journalism about women.

For more information on how you can support The Fuller Project’s work, please visit www.fullerproject.org.

The Fuller Project has been awarded a first place National Native Media Award alongside Indian Country Today for best coverage of Native America in print or online, recognizing “They Survived Intimate Partner Violence—Now They Can’t Vote Safely.” Jessica Klein’s October story examines the extraordinary obstacles intimate partner violence survivors—particularly those who identify as Indigenous or Native American—face when it comes to voting in the United States.

Awarded annually by the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA), the National Native Media Awards recognize excellence in covering Indian Country by Indigenous and non-Indigenous journalists across the United States and Canada. This year, NAJA received more than 730 entries.

When domestic violence survivors register to vote, their addresses become public, exposing them to the abusers they are trying to evade. Our story with Indian Country Today found that the few resources aimed to help survivors vote safely, such as address confidentiality programs, tend not to effectively reach Indigenous people, who have a long history of disenfranchisement and experience domestic and other forms of violence at disproportionately higher rates than the general population.

“We are so honored to receive this award for our reporting on people who are systematically overlooked,” said The Fuller Project’s Editor-in-Chief, Khushbu Shah. “This kind of journalism is core to The Fuller Project’s mission, centering the voices of women and gender diverse people too long denied their share of news coverage.”

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s National Native Media Awards will be presented by the Native American Journalists Association in a virtual ceremony on October 28 at 3 p.m. CT. See the rest of this year’s winners here.

Washington — The Fuller Project has won a Gold Telly Award in the branded-content, general not-for-profit category for its Behind-the-Scenes with The Fuller Project Impact Video. 

The Telly Awards is the premier award honoring video and television across all screens. Established in 1979, The Telly Awards receives over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents. Entrants are judged by The Telly Awards Judging Council—an industry body of over 200 leading experts including advertising agencies, production companies, and major television networks, reflective of the multi-screen industry The Telly Awards celebrates. 

The behind-the-scenes impact video featured five Fuller Project reporters and editors, and showcased the detailed reporting and impact of  their stories, ranging from child marriage in Bangladesh to domestic workers trapped in the Gulf during COVID-19. This project was spearheaded by The Fuller Project’s communications team and independent video director, Abbie Steckler, who helped produce, research and edit the video. 

“In the face of a year like no other, the visual storytelling community has continued to defy the limitations of our new world. Achievements have been both societal, such as embracing social media platforms to raise awareness about injustices and promote solidarity for movements, as well as geographical, like developing fully remote pipelines for dispersed teams”, says Telly Awards Executive Director Sabrina Dridje. “This year’s submissions doubled down on what we already know about the industry. Creativity cannot be stopped. Collaboration will always prevail. New ideas and stories will always find a way to break through to an audience.”

Washington — The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences has named “Behind the Scenes with The Fuller Project” a Webby Honoree in the Video: Public Service & Activism category. Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), is the leading international awards organization honoring excellence on the Internet. 

IADAS, which nominates and selects The Webby Award Winners, is comprised of Internet industry experts including Internet inventor Mozilla Chairwoman Mitchell Baker; MOMA Senior Curator Paola Antonelli; Host of NPR’s Code Switch Shereen Marisol Meraji; R/GA Global Chief Creative Officer Tiffany Rolfe; Co-Inventor of the Internet Vint Cerf; DJ and Founder, Club Quarantine D-Nice; Co-host Desus & Mero on Showtime Desus Nice; SVP of Content at Twitch Michael Aragon; Twitter Senior Director, Product Design Richard Ting; and Founders of VERZUZ Swizz Beatz and Timbaland.

The behind-the-scenes impact video featured five Fuller Project reporters and editors, and showcased the detailed reporting and impact of  their stories, ranging from child marriage in Bangladesh to domestic workers trapped in the Gulf during COVID-19. 

“Honorees like The Fuller Project are setting the standard for innovation and creativity on the Internet,” said Claire Graves, Executive Director of The Webby Awards. “It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the nearly 13,500 entries we received this year.”

As a result of the high quantity and quality of entrants, being selected as an Official Honoree means an entry has been selected as one of the best on the Internet as part of the Webby judging process. Less than 20% of entries in the Webby Awards are deemed Official Honorees.

Washington – The Fuller Project has won three Platinum Hermes Creative Awards in the nonprofit, infographic and interactive brand experience categories for its behind-the-scenes impact video and International Women’s Day interactive map.

Hermes Creative Awards is an international competition for creative professionals involved in the concept, writing, and design of traditional and emerging media. Hermes Creative Awards recognizes outstanding work in the industry while promoting the philanthropic nature of marketing and communication professionals. 

The award was based on creativity and judged on its own merit with entries receiving scores of 90-100 for Platinum Winners. 

The behind-the-scenes impact video featured five Fuller Project reporters and editors, and showcased the detailed reporting and impact of several of their stories. The Fuller Project’s stories ranged from child marriages in Bangladesh to domestic workers trapped in the Gulf during COVID-19. 

For International Women’s Day, The Fuller Project created an interactive map that highlighted the stories honoring the women who have tackled inequality in their communities around the world. 

Hermes Creative Awards is administered by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP). The international organization consists of several thousand marketing, communication, advertising, public relations, digital media production, and freelance professionals. AMCP oversees awards and recognition programs, provides judges, and awards outstanding achievement and service to the profession.

Washington – The Fuller Project has been awarded a won a Platinum AVA Digital Award in the long form video nonprofit category for its Behind-the-Scenes Impact Video.

AVA Digital Awards is an international competition that recognizes excellence by creative professionals responsible for the planning, concept, direction, design, and production of digital communication.

The behind-the-scenes impact video featured five Fuller Project reporters and editors, and showcased the detailed reporting and impact of several of their stories. The Fuller Project’s stories from child marriages in Bangladesh to domestic workers trapped in the Gulf during COVID-19. 

The AVA Digital Awards are administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP). The international organization consists of several thousand production, marketing, communication, advertising, public relations and freelance professionals. AMCP administers recognition programs, provides judges and rewards outstanding achievement and service to the profession.

IMPACT will be, among other things, carried by a newsletter

Gloria Media, the publisher of feminist newsletters Les Glorieuses, Les Petites Glo and Economie, is launching IMPACT, an international news agency dedicated to covering feminist and political issues. The project is launched this month independent with a pilot issue* of the political newsletter of the same name. This newsletter will deal with public and private policies that impact the lives of women and the evolution of feminist movements at the international level. In addition to surveys, the agency will publish news and dispatches. This content will be distributed in a dedicated newsletter (initially monthly), in an insert in the weekly Les Glorieuses newsletter, as well as on Twitter.
The recruitment of seven international correspondents, reporting to the editor-in-chief Anne-Dominique Correa, will support IMPACT’s international ambition.

A participative construction 

While the first issue of the IMPACT newsletter will be published in February, its launch will be accompanied by a broad consultation with first-time readers, which will begin on Monday, January 25, 2021 around the pilot issue. 

For this pilot issue, Les Glorieuses has partnered with The Fuller Project, an award-winning global nonprofit newsroom dedicated to groundbreaking reporting on women. The theme of the survey published in the newsletter concerns the mobilization in Poland on the right to abortion : « The women of Poland are no longer afraid ». Several recurring sections will be added to this survey.

For Caroline Prak, head of operations at Les Glorieuses: “The IMPACT project completes Gloria Media’s portfolio of newsletters. In addition to the new newsletter which aims to inform and analyze political and citizen initiatives all over the world, it seemed essential for us to launch the foundations of a press agency to report on political news as it relates to women’s rights. In our opinion, such a medium is lacking in the current landscape, in particular with a legislative component. Impact is a project that we want to be participatory: we are opening a consultation with the public but also partnerships with other actors. From an editorial point of view, it seemed essential for us to launch this first issue with the Polish revolution and to partner with The Fuller Project. « 

“At The Fuller Project we center our journalism around women’s untold stories,” says Khushbu Shah, The Fuller Project’s Editor in Chief. “Our partnership with Les Glorieuses is an opportunity to reach more women with uncompromising and unflinching global stories and cover the reverberations of failing systems and policies on their lives affecting women everywhere. We hope the stories we create together show the interconnectedness of women globally.”

The IMPACT newsletter will be free and accessible by subscription, initially on a monthly basis and on a weekly basis via a dedicated insert in the Les Glorieuses newsletter. The pilot issue, submitted for readers’ feedback, presents a survey, an insert with international briefs and dispatches on mobilizations, an insert with political news, and an insert with the points to be followed over the month. Readers and those interested in participating in the project are invited to answer questions on the newsletter title, section titles, design, and styles of illustrations.

In addition to the newsletter and the work around the dispatches, a series of conferences will support the overall system around IMPACT.

Contacts : Les Glorieuses, Caroline Prak, directrice des opérations, caroline.prak@lesglorieuses.fr 06 62 30 29 84  / Twitter : @carolineprak / Linked In : caroline.prak

The Fuller Project / Kimberly Abbott, CCO kabbott@fullerproject.org 202-441-4404   / Twitter @kimberlymabbott / Linked In: Kimberly.Abbott 

Credits :

Paulina Reiter is a reporter for The Fuller Project, a global nonprofit newsroom reporting on issues that affect women.

Agata Nowicka is an illustrator and designer of posters and book covers. Her work has been published in the Polish feminist magazine Wysokie Obcasy (High Heels), in the New Yorker, TIME and the New York Times, and has appeared in works by Taschen www.agatanowicka.com | instagram.com/pixelendo

Notes to editors: 

*The launching newsletter is a pilot issue Les Glorieuses open a survey on so the readership can build the final design, template and contents with them.

Gloria Media – 

Les Glorieuses newsletters unite a French community of more than 180,000 people around a vision of feminism borrowed from Anglo-Saxon culture, intersectional feminism, and examples of mobilizations such as the Icelanders’ march for equal pay. Resolutely turned towards imagination invoking utopia, research or classical and popular culture, verticals completed the newsletter-title. After Les Petites Glo or Economy, IMPACT is broadening the spectrum of Les Glorieuses while supporting its international development with The Fuller Project.

The Fuller Project is the award-winning global nonprofit newsroom dedicated to objective, groundbreaking reporting on women, to raise awareness, expose injustice and spur accountability. Its correspondents in the U.S. and around the globe rigorously report on untold stories and the interconnected issues affecting women and their communities everywhere. The Fuller Project’s reporting often leads the news cycle and is published in prominent outlets, bringing the full story to a large and diverse audience.  The Fuller Project’s investigative journalism has helped end harmful practices, led to large scale releases of public data and contributed to the introduction of new legislation.

Les Glorieuses wish to thank its whole team that participated in building IMPACT : Rebecca Amsellem, Anne-Dominique Correa, Caroline Prak, Elena Raymond, Chloé Thibaud ; as well as the Fuller Project team : Kimberly Abbott, Amie Ferris-Rotman, Khushbu Shah.

Contact: Kimberly Abbott

Washington, DC – The Fuller Project today appointed Khushbu Shah Editor in Chief of the newsroom, signaling a new chapter for its growth and expansion.

Khushbu is a two-time Murrow Award-winning, Peabody and Emmy-nominated multi-platform journalist, who has written for The Guardian, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Marie Claire, The Atlantic, and other outlets. She has also produced and managed teams for BBC, NBC, CNN and has served as managing editor at Georgia Public Broadcasting.

“Khushbu has an incisive vision of journalism that is accountable to underrepresented women while bringing untold stories to the page in legacy and local news outlets. Having been a war and crisis journalist and producer, and a U.S. managing editor focused on the intersection of race, gender, and politics, her appointment marks a deepening of our commitment to stories that cross boundaries and break new ground,” said CEO & Co-Founder Xanthe Scharff.

Started in 2015 in Istanbul by war correspondents concerned with the need for more reporting on women, The Fuller Project has grown into an award-winning nonprofit newsroom decided to groundbreaking reporting on women in the U.S. and around the world. Now headquartered in Washington, DC, The Fuller Project has a team of full-time reporters and editors based in four U.S. cities, and in Europe, Asia, and Africa. The Fuller Project was founded by Christina Asquith, who was Editor in Chief from 2015-2020.

Newsroom partnerships with local, national and global reporters and newsrooms in support of reporting about women is at the heart of The Fuller Project’s work. Through one of these partnerships, The Fuller Project helped the largest media company in East Africa, Nation Media Group, to launch the first-ever gender desk.

The Fuller Project is focused on exposing justice, raising awareness, and spurring impact by rigorously reporting stories that aren’t reported elsewhere. Recent work has led to new legislation being introduced and the halt of abusive practices. The Fuller Project’s reporting in TIME was among the first to draw attention to the economic impact of COVID on women, with data showing women are the majority of unemployment seekers. An investigation into virginity testing in Marie Claire prompted officials in Angeles City, Philippines to stop hymen exams in government clinics, and led to NY and CA lawmakers introducing new legislation to ban the abusive practice. The story, Imagine Online Schooling in a Language You Don’t Understand, drew attention to the unaddressed struggles of immigrant parents during the pandemic, was widely circulated among educators, and won first place in the education category of ASJA’s Crisis Coverage Awards. A six-part series on limited reproductive health and child care in Wisconsin and California, and the impact on Black women and women of color, exposed systemic crises in maternal mortality, reproductive care and childcare access, and won the Milwaukee Press Club Silver Award for Best Consumer Story.

The Fuller Project’s newsroom has also won the Military Reporters & Editors Award for reporting from Afghanistan on women in security for The New York Times Magazine, the One World Media Award for reporting from India on female police officers fighting rape in ELLE UK, and the Amnesty International Media Award for reporting in ELLE UK on girls trafficked into brothels in Bangladesh.

Khushbu’s vision for The Fuller Project newsroom is rooted in her own story and career working to tell stories of people who are often invisible in the media.

“My father was a doctor in India, but in the U.S. ran a motel with my mother, who also worked the night shift at 7-11. They never took a holiday in 20 years so they could send me to college. Growing up behind a motel lobby, in a town where I didn’t know any other Indian families, I was part of an America that was invisible,” said The Fuller Project’s new Editor in Chief, Khushbu Shah. “That’s what informs my journalism and storytelling. I want to talk to those people who are often invisible in journalism. There are many newsrooms who don’t see me and others like me as part of the fabric of stories, and that means too often we are looking at the world from one perspective. I want the people affected by policies to tell me what stories matter, not just the people informing policy for those people. That’s what we do at The Fuller Project.”

Khushbu has reported from and led teams in crisis zones and natural disasters in the U.S., Afghanistan, India, the West Bank, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and Mexico. In 2016 she was the producer for CNN Correspondent Ed Lavandera covering the Charlotte, North Carolina protests after police shot a Black man sitting in his car, reporting which won the Murrow Award in 2017. As the sole producer on site for the investigative team reporting on the undercounted deaths and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria in 2017, her team won the 2018 Murrow Award and was nominated for the Peabody award. During the 2017 7.1 magnitude earthquake in Mexico, she was first on the ground and set editorial and logistic foundations for dozens of

incoming CNN staff while producing daily pieces for AC 360. She was news editor for three CNN Emmy-nominated teams for breaking coverage in Ukraine in 2014, Typhoon Haiyan in 2015 and network-wide Hurricane coverage in 2018.

Khuhsbu’s in-depth reporting on police brutality in the U.S. brought light to the stories of families and mothers of Black men and women killed by police. In her reported series on the killing of Ahmaud Arbery for The Guardian, she obtained 911 calls and the resignation letter of a district attorney assigned to the case, and examined in-depth the breakdown of the criminal justice system following Arbery’s death in Brunswick, Georgia.

Her reporting exposes injustices impacting women, ranging from reproductive care access in the South to immigration and inequality across Latin America. She spent months after the November 2016 election crisscrossing the United States interviewing Americans who had voted for President Trump from Washington to Wyoming. In 2018, Khushbu profiled a pregnant mother and her children and the transgender women making their way to the U.S. amid the migrant caravan traveling via Tijuana on the border with Mexico. She began her career as an editor at age 24 in Afghanistan where she led a team of 25 researchers for Moby Group, a news and entertainment group that now reaches 300 million.

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