Reuters gets the blogging bug

Reuters has announced an alliance with Global Voices Online, an international network of bloggers coordinated through the Berkman Center at Harvard University.

Reuters has made a contribution to the Berkman Center, enabling Global Voices to hire a full-time managing editor and to begin developing its training and publicity. Reuters will make material from the Global Voices network available through its websites, reuters.com and reuters.co.uk.

Rebecca MacKinnon, co-founder of Global Voices, said: "We believe that bloggers and journalists share a common goal of informing an engaged global citizenry. We hope that the new partnership can help us develop ways of using the internet to ensure that people in all parts of the globe can be heard, and to enable interaction between citizen perspectives and professional journalism in ways that were not possible before."

Reuters’ global managing editor for consumer services Dean Wright said: "The alliance with Global Voices enables Reuters to present a wider set of voices and commentary from around the world. These voices will help our readers appreciate different perspectives and to engage in a global conversation."

Global Voices will be taking part in the forthcoming We Media event on 3 and 4 May, a two-day forum in London examining trust in the media and citizen journalism, hosted by Reuters and the BBC.

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