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Washington, D.C. – Laurie Hays, a Pulitzer Prize-winning editor who spent 30 years leading investigations and enterprise reporting at the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg News, has been named Editor-in-Chief and CEO of The Fuller Project, a nonprofit newsroom dedicated to groundbreaking reporting that catalyzes positive change for women. In the newly created role, Hays will oversee both the day-to-day operations of the newsroom and the business functions of the nonprofit. She replaces Fuller co-founder and CEO Dr. Xanthe Scharff, who will continue to support The Fuller Project as a special advisor. 

“We are so pleased to announce that Laurie Hays will lead The Fuller Project, bringing her unique experience and talents to this vital mission,” said Tim Isgitt, Chair of the Board of Directors. “We look forward to working with Laurie and The Fuller Project team in this next chapter, to build upon the tremendous foundation of impactful reporting that has been developed in its first eight years under the leadership of co-founder Xanthe Scharff.” 

Scharff, who announced her departure to staff last month, has led The Fuller Project from a small group of dedicated freelance reporters to a thriving global nonprofit newsroom producing journalism that routinely catalyzes positive change for women and their communities.  During her tenure, Fuller has produced reporting from 67 countries on five continents, earning more than 30 industry awards including a Helen Gurley Brown Genius Award.“The board is deeply grateful for Xanthe’s visionary leadership and service,” said Isgitt.

 “As we step into our next chapter, Laurie’s position as both our top executive and editorial visionary reflects the seriousness with which we take our investigative journalism, which is deepening and driving more impact everyday,” said Scharff of her successor. 

Hays’ professional journalism career began in New Orleans as a politics and education reporter for the States-Item and Times Picayune. She joined the Wall Street Journal in 1986, where she reported from Moscow during the fall of the Soviet Union from 1990 to 1993, served as bureau chief in Atlanta, national news editor starting in 2003, and finally as assistant managing editor for investigations. After 23 years, she left the Journal in 2008 for Bloomberg News to oversee 1,200 beat reporters globally and reshape the newsroom to break more stories and pursue stronger enterprise articles. Under her leadership, Bloomberg won its first and only Pulitzer Prize, along with numerous education and business reporting awards.

She left Bloomberg in 2015 to work in crisis consulting for Brunswick and Edelman, and later founded Laurie Hays & Assoc., a strategic communications advisory firm focused on business and society, primarily working on #MeToo issues and advocating for equality in the workplace for women and people of color. 

Hays serves on the boards of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York, the Overseas Press Club, and the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism. She was a founding director of the Pulitzer Prize-winning non-profit Marshall Project and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Economic Club of New York.

“As a passionate journalist and feminist, I’m very excited to have the opportunity to lead this great organization,” said Hays. “Margaret Fuller was a women’s rights pioneer who believed that women needed to read as much as possible and fully engage with the world to attain equality with men.  We still have a long way to go, and The Fuller Project’s mission is ever more urgent, publishing important, untold stories about women’s struggles and achievements as we work to catalyze change and break down the structural barriers still holding women back.”

Hays assumes her new role in early January. 

The Fuller Project is the global newsroom dedicated to groundbreaking reporting that catalyzes positive change for women. Since 2015, The Fuller Project’s reporting has influenced new legislation, helped end life-threatening practices, and led to large scale releases of public data.

We report exclusive stories centered on women that otherwise would not be told. Our long-standing focus on women, especially those facing racial or other forms of bias, leads to journalism that by challenging conventional thinking inspires action. Our reporting is relied on by policymakers, corporate leaders, influencers, and individuals across the globe, leading to better outcomes for women and their communities.

Contact: Kim Abbott at 202-441-4404.

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Contact: Kimberly Abbott

Phone: 202-441-4404

Email: Kabbott@fullerproject.org

November 13, 2023

Washington, DC – The Fuller Project, a global investigative news organization focused on women, filed papers in Denver District Court Friday that seek to make public records in the case of Colorado cardiologist and alleged serial rapist Stephen Matthews, which have been presented in open court. Matthews stands charged of sexually assaulting nearly a dozen women, in attacks that prosecutors say were facilitated by the dating apps Tinder and Hinge.

“The documentation of how Stephen Matthews used dating apps is pivotal to understanding how these apps were weaponized to cause harm on such a large scale and is essential to preventing something like this from happening again,” said Emily Elena Dugdale, a reporter for The Fuller Project and fellow with the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting’s AI Accountability Network.

The Fuller Project became aware of this case as a part of a larger investigation on dating app facilitated sexual violence. 

The news organization has also established a confidential text line (213) 373-4260 and email address apps@fullerproject.org. Survivors of sexual assault and others with knowledge of violence linked to dating apps are invited to reach out anonymously via email, SMS, Signal, or WhatsApp to reach our reporters. We will not share any information without your explicit permission.

The Fuller Project’s action, which joins a court filing by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press on behalf of the Colorado News Collaborative, argues that Judge Eric. M. Johnson erred when he ordered certain court records be “suppressed” from public access until the conclusion of Matthews’ trial.  The trial is set to be held next March.

Hanisha Harjani, a reporter for The Fuller Project, said the ruling puts women at risk: “When the public is blocked from knowledge like this, it allows harm to keep perpetuating.”

In their filing, the news organizations argue that Judge Johnson’s ruling violates rule 55.1 of the Colorado Rule of Criminal Procedure, which sets a strong presumption of public access to judicial records in criminal cases. They also point out that records detailing Matthews’ use of dating apps were admitted in open court.

“Having allowed these public observations, this Court cannot now put the genie back in the bottle and restrict access to these Exhibits,”  reads the objection filed by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press on behalf of Colorado News Collaborative.

The Fuller Project is the global newsroom dedicated to groundbreaking reporting that catalyzes positive change for women.

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Contact: Mariyah Espinoza

Phone: 702-355-9551

Email: mespinoza@fullerproject.org 

Washington DC — February 15, 2023 – The Fuller Project announced today that it has been named a Gold winner in News & Journalism for best Human & Civil Rights media project for the video, “Afghan Women’s Year-long Fight Against the Taliban” in the 2nd Annual Anthem Awards.

Anthem Winners are selected by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Members include: Nicholas Thompson, CEO, The Atlantic, Christina Swarns, Executive Director, Innocence Project, Zarna Surti, Global Creative Director, Nike Purpose, Maurice Mitchell, National Director, Working Families Party, Lindsay Stein, Chief Purpose Office, Tombras, Jennifer Lotito, President & Chief Operating Officer, (RED), Lisa Sherman, President & CEO, The Ad Council, Emily Barfoot, Global Brand Director Dove, Unilever, Trovon Williams, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications, NAACP, Roma McCaig, Senior VP of Impact, Clif Bar, Michelle Egan, Chief Strategy Officer, NRDC, Dinah-Kareen Jean, Senior Manager, Social Innovation, Etsy, Sarah Kate Ellis, President & CEO, GLAAD, Jad Finck, Vice President of Innovation & Sustainability, Allbirds, Christopher Miller, Head of Global Activism Strategy, Ben & Jerry’s, Shayla Tait, Director of Philanthropy The Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation.

A year after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan and stripped women of their basic human rights, the women are still fighting – in the streets, in their homes, from jail, and on social media. Our video chronicled 365 days of protests as Afghan women pleaded with the world to help, and builds on our reporting series, “Ending America’s Forever War: What is next for Afghan women?” documenting what the end of America’s longest war on foreign soil has meant for the women who lived through it.

“Since launching this platform in June of 2021, we have seen that social change has emerged as a dominant force in mainstream culture.” said Anthem Awards Managing Director Jessica Lauretti. “The sheer number, breadth and overall quality of the entries shared with us in the 2nd Annual Awards is a testament to the strength of this growing movement and demonstrates an enduring commitment to the work that is both humbling and inspiring to see. From the war in Ukraine, to protests in Iran and the ongoing battle for equality here at home in the States, the call for change not only perseveres but is a growing global chorus.

Winners for the 2nd Annual Anthem Awards will be celebrated at the Winners Celebration on February 27 in NYC. Fans will be able to hear from social impact leaders and their hallmark speeches at www.anthemawards.com.

The Anthem Awards was launched in response to the prevalence social good has taken within the national conversation and cultural zeitgeist in recent years. The 2nd Annual competition received nearly 2,000 entries from 43 countries worldwide. By amplifying the voices that spark global change, the Anthem Awards are defining a new benchmark for impactful work that inspires others to take action in their communities. A portion of program revenue will fund a new grant program supporting emerging individuals and organizations working to advance the causes recognized in the 2nd Annual Anthem Awards.

The Fuller Project is the global newsroom dedicated to groundbreaking reporting that catalyzes positive change for women. 

Washington, DC, February 13, 2023 – The Fuller Project has appointed Foreign Policy editor in chief Ravi Agrawal, veteran TV producer Stacey Samuel, award-winning media executive David Payne and entrepreneur and data scientist Maria Liberman to its board of directors, effective immediately. They will each serve three year renewable terms and will work with the board committees to help steward The Fuller Project as it enters its eighth year. The new members were formally approved at The Fuller Project’s board meeting last week.

“Ravi, Stacey, David and Maria share our vision of a world where women have equal standing in society, spurred by groundbreaking reporting,” said Xanthe Scharff, co-Founder and CEO of The Fuller Project. “We are thrilled to welcome them to The Fuller Project and grateful for their expertise and partnership as we continue to grow and deepen our impact.”

In addition to his role as editor in chief of Foreign Policy, Ravi Agrawal hosts FP Live and is a frequent commentator on world affairs on TV and radio. Before joining FP in 2018, Agrawal worked at CNN for more than a decade in full-time roles spanning three continents, including as the network’s New Delhi bureau chief and correspondent. He has shared a Peabody Award and three Emmy nominations for his work as a TV producer, and his writing for FP was part of a series nominated for a 2020 National Magazine Award for columns and commentary. Agrawal is the author of India Connected: How the Smartphone Is Transforming the World’s Largest Democracy. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was named an Asia21 Fellow by the Asia Society. He is a graduate of Harvard University.

Stacey Samuel is an award-winning journalist, with more than 20 years of experience covering stories that span the globe and is now the founder of her own media company. She leverages her network media experience to work with outstanding storytellers, news and media outlets to elevate their stories and projects to have greater impact and wide audience reach. She is a fellow with the East-West Center as well as the German-American journalism exchange program: Radio In the American Sector (RIAS). Stacey’s focus has broadened into telling stories through a global lens. Stacey most recently served as the Executive Producer of Al Jazeera English’s flagship news and current affairs podcast, The Take, which was recognized with several award wins, including the Online News Association’s Excellence in Audio Digital Storytelling. Prior to this post, she was supervising editor for National Public Radio (NPR), where each day her job was crafting the news that shaped our national discourse and highlighted the human condition.

David Payne is currently a Fellow at Stanford’s Distinguished Career Institute in Palo Alto. Originally trained as an attorney and serving as a federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C., David spent 15 years at Turner Broadcasting where he was general counsel of Turner’s sports teams and, subsequently, led CNN Digital as SVP/General Manager. David later served as Chief Digital Officer of Fortune 500 company Gannett. David’s multi-decade media career has included responsibilities for general management, editorial, strategy, product, design, technology, business development and sales. Currently, David is also the writer and producer of the award-winning investigative podcast series, Somebody Somewhere, which was recognized as a Spotify Editor’s Choice and has over 4M downloads to date. In his “spare” time, David represents pro bono clients seeking post-conviction relief for their sentences in California’s Superior Courts. 

Maria Liberman is a Los Angeles-based futurist, entrepreneur, investor, and a mom of two. She is CEO of Humanism Co, the first pioneering VC firm that offers equity investments into an individuals’ future financial output. Following this model, she co-launched Libermans Co., a holding company for everything of value that she and her siblings produce over the next 30 years. Liberman is also the Chief Business Officer for Product Science, a service that maximizes mobile applications performance. She recently led the company through a Series A funding round that resulted in a USD 18mln raise. She also co-founded Frank Money Inc., a platform of radical financial transparency and launched a million dollar initiative with social non-profit Hack Club. In 2016, Snap, the company that owns Snapchat, acquired the company that Liberman and her sibling partners founded, Kernel AR, because of their dominance in technology innovation and digital avatars in Augmented Reality. Liberman’s contributions at Snap are credited with reaccelerating growth and success of the company after a massive devaluation that occurred as a result of mobile performance issues.

Current members of the board who will continue in their roles include: Sarah O’Hagan, Deneen Howell, Gina Maya, Jodi Rudoren, Mary G. Berner, Ritu Sharma, Robert “Rosey” Rosenthal, and Tim Isgitt.

About The Fuller Project

The Fuller Project is the global newsroom dedicated to groundbreaking reporting that catalyzes positive change for women. ​​We report exclusive stories centered on women that otherwise would not be told. Our long-standing focus on women, especially those facing racial or other forms of bias, leads to journalism that by challenging conventional thinking inspires action. Since we launched in 2015, our reporting has influenced new legislation, helped end life-threatening practices, and led to large scale releases of public data. www.fullerproject.org 

For media inquiries please contact Kim Abbott 202-441-4404 or Mariyah Espinoza 702-355-9551

Washington, DC, September 26, 2022 – A new independent report about an innovative partnership between Nation, the leading newspaper in East Africa, and The Fuller Project, the global newsroom dedicated to groundbreaking reporting that catalyzes positive change for women, found the newsrooms’ unique model of co-reported and cross-published stories has sparked positive change in women’s lives, elevated women’s voices, created more gender balanced readership, and could serve as a model for future global collaborations.

How Africa’s First Gender Desk Succeeded (and lessons for future initiatives) elucidates the cultural and news media context in Kenya, the partnership’s successes and challenges, and recommendations for the future of this or similar collaborations. The report was authored by Luba Kassova and Richard Addy of the international audience and strategy consultancy AKAS. Kassova is also the author of Missing Perspectives of Women in the News and The Missing Perspectives of Women in Covid-19 News, landmark studies about women’s representation along the news value chain.

In 2019, and with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Nation launched a Gender Desk dedicated to reporting stories about women that would inform, inspire, and lift up profiles of women leaders. A Fuller Project reporter embedded with the Gender Desk team, working inside the Nairobi-based newsroom, and reporting side by side with a number of reporters on the desk. The partnership leveraged Nation’s rooted understanding of issues in Kenya and The Fuller Project’s expertise in groundbreaking reporting about women to offer a global perspective to their readers, and investigative reporting that would spur lawmakers to make better policies for women. The resulting co-reported stories have been published in Nation and in global legacy news outlets, including The Guardian, TIME, Foreign Policy, and elsewhere.

“This collaboration with The Fuller Project has been one of a kind for me; my team and I have grown
tremendously,” says Dorcas Muga-Odumbe, Nation Gender Desk Editor. “Through this common cause,
we have changed the lives of many women, told thousands of their stories from a local, regional and
global lens; and realised that women’s issues, worldwide, are similar. Lessons we have learned are more
than we would have on our own – they are immense. I take pride knowing that I am part of a journey that
changed the lives of many women, one story at a time, not just in Kenya, but globally. I take pride in
leading an enthusiastic team that has not only attracted local policymakers’ attention, but also within the
region and beyond. I am proud to be associated with The Fuller Project whose ground-breaking reporting
is one of a kind.”

AKAS conducted a rigorous assessment of the performance of the Gender Desk, including evaluating
nearly 1,000 articles published over two years. Their methodology was anchored in 17 research tools
across the news value chain, capturing insights about organizational resources, newsgathering, outputs,
news consumption, individual impacts, influencer impacts, and decision maker impacts.

“The stories born out of the partnership have led to the enhancement of the lives of thousands of women:
some have been sheltered, others protected from unsafe abortions, or given loans to make an independent living. All this and much more has been a direct result of the joint high-quality journalism produced,” the
report states.

Using a sample of stories, AKAS found that the Gender Desk’s reporting represented women far more
robustly than prior coverage in Kenya, according to baselines they established in their previous portrayal
analysis:

• 94% of all experts sourced in Gender Desk articles were women, compared to a baseline of 14%
• 78% of the protagonists in Gender Desk stories were women compared to 31%
• 67% of spokespeople sourced in articles were women, compared to 0%

“The perspectives of women have been amplified through the Gender Desk stories in every element of the
news value chain. Half of the reporters telling stories about women are female … Gender Desk stories
often use angles that support women-centric policymaking through, for example, structural inequalities,
human-interest and solidarity frames,” the report detailed.

The report also offers lessons learned from the partnership as well as a series of recommendations that
could apply to any newsroom launching a Gender Desk or engaged in partnerships between countries
such as Kenya and the United States. Among them, providing ongoing gender sensitivity training,
prioritizing face-to-face collaboration, systematically collecting impact indicators and prioritizing deep
investigations over a high volume of stories.

Nation and The Fuller Project’s partnership stemmed from our shared commitment to reporting
women’s stories in the region.” says Dr. Xanthe Scharff, co-founder and CEO of The Fuller Project.
“From nearly 20 years of working with partners in Africa, I know the threats that women face when they
stand up for women and girls. Women leaders do the work that changes the course of nations, yet
newsrooms rarely take that work seriously. Nation and The Fuller Project aim to change that. And with
this case study, we hope to support other newsrooms to do the same.”

The full report can be found here.

AKAS Co-Founder Luba Kassova, Nation Gender Desk Editor Dorcas Muga-Odumbe, and Fuller Project Co-founder and CEO Xanthe Scharff are available for interview.

Contact: Mariyah Espinoza 702-355-9551

The Fuller Project, the global nonprofit newsroom dedicated to groundbreaking journalism about women, has received renewed support from the Blue Shield of California Foundation to further in-depth journalism through a gender equity lens on economic security and mobility in California, particularly for communities of color with low incomes.

“We are grateful for Blue Shield of California Foundation’s continued support of our mission, allowing us to raise awareness, expose injustice and spur accountability for millions of Californians,” said Xanthe Scharff, co-founder and CEO of The Fuller Project. “Women who face race and class bias have been particularly excluded from representation in the news. Telling their stories is essential.”

“We are excited to support The Fuller Project whose solutions we believe can be spread and scaled to more communities of color with low incomes,” said Debbie I. Chang, MPH, president and CEO of Blue Shield of California Foundation.

The Fuller Project was founded on the belief that news coverage must represent the views of all individuals. When it does, journalism can fulfill its promise of helping to create a fully informed citizenry. Journalism has the power to inform, to expose abuses of power and human rights, and to inspire urgent action. Yet when the voices, stories and perspectives of women are disproportionately left out, the result is reporting that reinforces bias.

Blue Shield of California Foundation supports lasting and equitable solutions to make California the healthiest state and end domestic violence. When we work together to remove the barriers to health and well-being, especially for Californians most affected, we can create a more just and equitable future. For more information, visit: www.blueshieldcafoundation.org.

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

Contact: Mariyah Espinoza 702-355-9551

The Fuller Project, the global nonprofit newsroom dedicated to groundbreaking journalism about women, has been awarded a multi-year grant by The Schmidt Family Foundation to further our mission to disrupt bias, redefine traditional news and spur gender equality through investigative and enterprise journalism that fully represents all women.

“The Fuller Project thanks The Schmidt Family Foundation for their generous award of general operating support to fuel our journalism and local newsroom partnerships,” said Xanthe Scharff, co-founder and CEO of The Fuller Project. “The grant funding allows us to meaningfully advance key pillars of our strategic plan, including our global environment and climate reporting centered on women’s lived experiences.” 

This grant will strengthen The Fuller Project’s capacity to report on the myriad issues that intersect with gender, from health to immigration — issues also deeply impacted by the environment, where a critical gender gap in reporting remains. Witnessing the influence of climate change and finding solutions that make a difference require bringing women’s voices front and center through deeply sourced newsgathering and vivid storytelling. 

The Fuller Project was founded to address the systematic underrepresentation of women in the news. The barriers and harms that women face are often considered tangential – instead of central to the security, economic, legal, environmental and other issues societies face each day. We know firsthand how investing in good journalism centered on women’s diverse lived experiences, in partnership with local newsrooms around the world, can save lives, expose injustice and illuminate solutions. 

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

Contact: Mariyah Espinoza 702-355-9551

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.

Contact: Mariyah Espinoza 702-355-9551

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.

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