Producing independent, professional news is at the heart of what IPS does. But whilst news and reporting is indeed the core of our business, it is by no means the only area of our work. IPS is not just another news agency – it is a unique communication organization, with a broader mission than most: that of giving voice to the voiceless and fostering understanding, accountability and participation around development.
How does that translate in our day-to-day work? How does IPS go about giving a voice to the voiceless?
First and foremost, as a global news agency, IPS engages in a wide range of news and content provision activities, to inform audiences around the world about issues of global significance, with a special focus on development and from the point of views of countries and communities of the South. As our editorial policy makes clear, we provide independent, professional coverage highlighting processes rather than facts, and feature stories rather than spot news.
Second, in an effort to counteract the dominant media discourse, which tends to favour a Northern point of view and neglect the voices of those most affected by development and globalization, we stress media capacity-building. By means of training programmes, media development initiatives and internship schemes, we leverage our unique approach as a Southern practitioner. We hope in this way to equip Southern media, civil society organizations, and local communities with the tools and the capabilities required to make their voices heard.
Finally, in an effort to reach out to a wide variety of audiences and bridge information gaps that hinder fruitful and effective cooperation, we undertake a host of networking and dissemination initiatives with a view to making our editorial impact as inclusive as possible.
Thanks to this three-pronged action strategy, IPS has been able to position itself as a significant and credible alternative to corporate global communication. Such an alternative is “a moral imperative and a necessary democratic requirement” (Daya Kishan Thussu, International Communication: Continuity and Change, London: Arnold, 2000).