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CEO Xanthe Scharff’s OpEd on women missing on the frontlines of coverage in Ukraine was cited in George W. Bush Insitute Report, “Women’s Advancement: Why authoritarians target women and how we can help.”

Louise Donovan was featured on FUBAR Radio’s podcast to discuss her reporting on the issues around the treatment of women in Qatar.

The Fuller Project was featured as a case study for its partnership with Nation Media Group in a new report, “From Outrage to Opportunity: How to Include the Missing Perspectives of Women of All Colors in News Leadership and Coverage.

Louise Donovan was featured on the Guardian’s Daily Football podcast to discuss her reporting on female migrant workers at Qatar’s hotels alleging harassment and abuse ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

CEO Xanthe Scharff was featured on Madam Policy podcast to discuss topics ranging from the importance of uplifting women’s voices in journalism to how the power of journalism can make an impact around the world. 

Disha Shetty was featured on BBC World Service radio’s morning Newsday broadcast to discuss the impacts of climate change on women in South Asia ahead of COP 27.

Jezebel’s cover story in their newsletter mentioned Erica Hensley’s Twitter thread on providers testifying against Georgia’s six-week abortion ban.

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

Washington, DC, September 12, 2022 – The Fuller Project is pleased to welcome Katie Hunt as our new Director of Development, overseeing our expanding fundraising program, including building the individual giving program and supporting and managing our growing institutional giving program. 

“Katie shares our dedication to gender equity and hard-hitting investigative journalism and will play a crucial role on our management team,” said Xanthe Scharff, CEO and co-founder of The Fuller Project. “We are excited about her leadership as Director of Development, and about the ways that she will draw on her many experiences in journalism and philanthropy to help us grow our mission and impact.”

Hunt joins The Fuller Project from the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), where she worked across teams to shape projects and proposals for funding. She led OCCRP’s expansion, bringing in funding that allowed the organization to double its budget over three years to become a $15M/year newsroom. Her work at OCCRP supported their editorial expansion into multiple new regions as well as their development of industry-leading technology tools. She also led the organization to win the Skoll Award for Entrepreneurship in 2020, which she counts as one of her greatest achievements.  Hunt brings deep knowledge of the journalism and gender space, having previously worked at the Society of Professional Journalists, the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, and Brookings. She holds a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Indiana University as well as degrees in economics and international studies from Wittenberg University.

“I’m excited to join the team at the Fuller Project, and I am thankful to have the opportunity to put my skills to work for such an incredible organization dedicated to bringing positive change for women,” said Hunt. “While I am not a journalist myself, the bulk of my career has been spent working in journalism and I am a huge believer in the power of quality investigative reporting as a tool for social progress. I hope to have a meaningful impact on the organization and to bring in resources that ensure the strength and sustainability of the Fuller Project into the future.” 

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.

Contact: Mariyah Espinoza 702-355-9551

Yahoo News mentioned The Fuller Project’s abortion map that shows a state-by-state comparison of major abortion laws in the U.S. 

The European Sting newsletter mentioned The Fuller Project’s reporting on climate change in the Sundarban and its unlikely effect on child trafficking and how it won a Lorenzo Natali Media Prize. 

Disha Shetty was featured in The Spin, The Guardian’s weekly newsletter, discussing the need for more conversations around climate change as it increasingly affects sports players.  

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle mentioned The Fuller Project’s reporting on how a state fund designed to financially support victims of violent crimes in New York has distributed money to only a small fraction of those eligible.

Gothamist’s Early Edition newsletter mentioned The Fuller Project’s reporting on how a state fund designed to financially support victims of violent crimes in New York has distributed money to only a small fraction of those eligible. 

Erica Hensley was featured in an interview on the RAJA Foundation’s site, discussing the current legislation on abortion access in the United States and what would happen if Roe V. Wade gets overturned.

Fortune’s Broadsheet newsletter mentioned The Fuller Project’s reporting on how pregnant Ukrainian refugees are struggling to get abortion care.

Katie Couric Media’s Wake Up Call newsletter mentioned The Fuller Project’s reporting on how pregnant Ukrainian refugees are struggling to get abortion care.

CNN’s As Equals mentioned The Fuller Project’s reporting on the surge of early puberty cases in girls since the pandemic started.


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