IPS North America is not a newcomer to the world of
IPS North America, incorporated in 1997 under New York
Law, is the result of the vision and efforts of a group
of journalists from around the world who were convinced
of the need for a different voice among the mass media,
one that provided an independent view of the events
that shocked humankind, one free of ties to any state
or political or economic group. The aim was to give
voice to the countries of the South, the socially excluded
ethnic groups and populations, the poor and the marginalized.
IPS is a leading provider of information on global
issues backed by a network of journalists in more than
100 countries. Its clients include more than 3,000 media
organizations, civil society groups, academics and other
users. IPS focuses its news coverage on the events and
global processes affecting the economic, social and
political development of peoples and nations.
In addition to in depth daily wire-service coverage
of the UN and the WTO, IPS produces a Daily Journal
targeted at the UN community which is distributed 5
days a week.
The primary user groups of IPS North America's product
are media editors, policy-makers at the United Nations,
specialized UN agencies, development agencies and educational
institutions, public institutions and research institutions.
The challenges of our times are the greatest that IPS
has faced in its history, but the current state of the
communications media leaves an enormous space for our
agency, and it is our responsibility to fill it.
Now, more than ever, among the voices that report and
analyze world events, an independent and alternative
voice is needed: a voice that informs from the viewpoint
of the countries and peoples excluded from the benefits
of globalization, a voice that takes the gender perspective
into account and gives the multifaceted actors of organized
civil society the recognition they deserve. We need
a strong voice, one that is not merely testimonial.
In this sense, the development of IPS itself has created
previously unimagined opportunities for rapid growth.
In a scenario of increasing concentration of the global
media in the hands of transnational corporations, to
be competitive is ever more difficult for an independent
media outlet: more resources are always needed, and
are difficult to obtain without losing independence.
Independence is needed to maintain IPS's role as critical
witness, un-beholden to any political or economic power.
Resources are needed to maintain IPS's presence in all
global issues and geographic areas, and to transcend
the marginal, testimonial role to which discordant voices
are usually relegated.
As always, but now more than ever, the only resources
to which IPS can aspire come from those in government,
international organizations, civil society, the cultural
and academic worlds, corporations and trade unions,
who - regardless of whether they agree with the agency's
editorial line - believe in the need for a voice like
that of IPS.
This is why we are turning to you this time. IPS has
enormous responsibilities and great possibilities for
development. To meet its obligations and to make the
most of opportunities, IPS needs to project itself into
the future, to live and to grow.
IPS North America is a tax exempt organization under
Internal Revenue Service Code Section 501(c)3.
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