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How we do it

How do you build a new worldwide source of quality journalism from the bottom up? How do you cover all the angles of an ever more complicated, interconnected world, and not go broke in the process? How do you deliver global journalism that is actually global?


Our starting point was to break down that invisible wall of language that shuts off much of the world's best news coverage. Together, we could rethink the most basic ways to reach readers with great stories, see how far technology can take us and where a human touch is necessary. 'If you can spread the word,' we thought, 'you can spread the world.'


Worldcrunch is the first news source to allow readers in English to have access to top international journalism, regardless of its original language. We work with the world’s leading news brands, identifying their most relevant and fascinating stories and applying our unique, journalistic system of professional translation and editing. (Yes, we are humans here!)


With this method, we are able to deliver on-the-ground reportage from across the globe, as well as sharp analysis from a wider range of viewpoints than you can find anywhere else. Worldcrunch reports the big story hiding in a small town in China, a cultural trend in Argentina that connects the continents,  the latest in food and travel from the next European city you’ll be visiting, a surprising opinion from voices you wouldn’t have otherwise been able to understand. (And no, you won’t always agree with them.)

 

Worldcrunch Source Partners

Worldcrunch is a strong believer in the power of networks. We have established partnerships with 30+ top media brands around the world to build a framework for copyright access and distribution. We also have a growing network of journalists and translators around the planet, with whom we are refining the system for spotting the right story in any language, and delivering it accurately and artfully in English.


The other network, of course, is you. We’ve stayed in regular touch with our readers since we launched a couple of years back, eager to see how you think, what you want, who you are. It’s exciting and encouraging, though sometimes confounding. Still, we’re getting a pretty clear picture of what draws people to our site.


We know, for example,  that it’s likely that you’ve traveled outside your country at least once in the past year (or wish you had), and many of you can communicate in another language other than your own (or wish you could!). You are eager to find fresh ways into ongoing stories and debates, and needless to say you are acutely curious about world events. You are someone who doesn’t just land in a new place and stand back or lean back, you seek out, soak in. You overhear a conversation in a language you don't know and wonder what they might be talking about...and glance at the local papers in a faraway place and ask yourself what's really happening here. This is the need we aspire to respond to. And we’re glad you’ve found us.


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THE TEAM

Jeff Israely

Jeff Israely

Co-founder and Editor

Jeff Israely is the co-founder and editor of Worldcrunch.  A former Time magazine bureau chief in Rome and Paris, he has also been a correspondent for the Associated Press, Boston Globe and Oakland Tribune. He teaches at the Graduate School of Journalism of the Institut d'études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po).

Irene Toporkoff

Irene Toporkoff

Co-founder and Managing Director

Irene Toporkoff is the co-founder and managing director for Worldcrunch, and was formerly the CEO of Angie Interactive and Ask.com France, and has also worked at the telecommunications company Wanadoo/Orange in France.

Bertrand Hauger

Bertrand Hauger

Associate Editor

Bertrand Hauger is associate editor and photo editor of Worldcrunch. He is a graduate of La Sorbonne Nouvelle school of bilingual journalism, and joined Worldcrunch after a brief stint as a journalist in a local newspaper in his native eastern France. He also holds a Master's degree in English literature.

Garrett Goodman

Garrett Goodman

Business Development and Innovation

Garrett Goodman is an American expat who has lived in Bangkok, Rome, and Paris, and currently lives London. He has worked for the New York Times Syndicate and a series of technology and content startups, and now does business development for Worldcrunch. Garrett also writes for the Huffington Post on innovations in journalism and social media, and is a technology enthusiast, gadget fanatic, and avid amateur photographer. Read Garrett's Huffington Post stories here, and follow him on Twitter for a regular flow of interesting articles on all of the above: @garrettgoodman.

Liz Garrigan

Liz Garrigan

Senior Editor

Liz Garrigan is senior editor of Worldcrunch, and was formerly editor of the Nashville Scene. An American expat who has lived in Paris for three years, Garrigan's byline has appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines.

Patrick Randall

Patrick Randall

Reporter

Patrick Randall is a British-French reporter currently based in Paris. After graduating in bilingual journalism at the Sorbonne Nouvelle, he spent several months at Vice before joining Worldcrunch. His goals in life are to speak as many languages as possible and to own a liger.

Ivan Majstorovich

Ivan Majstorovich

CTO

Application developer for 10 years, technical knowledge, Linux user, Web specialist, tourism management and planning, process management in small companies, office workflow management.

Specialized in Web technologies, sales, planning, basic economy, management ...

Emily Liedel

Emily Liedel

Special Projects Editor

Emily Liedel is a polyglot, world nomad and the founder and editor of The Babel Times, a blog and on-line magazine for language learners. She has lived in Switzerland, Russia, Spain and France, and speaks German, Russian, Spanish and French. She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and Sciences Po Journalism School, and her work has appeared on NYTimes.com and in The Washington Post. When she isn't writing, translating or learning a new language, she likes to cook, garden and contemplate happiness. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and two chickens.

 

Julie Farrar

Julie Farrar

Social Media Editor

Julie Farrar is the social media editor at Worldcrunch. A graduate of University College Dublin, she went on to live in Rome, Paris and currently lives in London. Not just a news junkie, she loves dogs, baking and when Ireland win their rugby matches.

Marc Alves

Marc Alves

Reporter

Marc Alves is a French-Portuguese national with a passion for all things English. After obtaining his Master’s degree in bilingual journalism from La Sorbonne Nouvelle, he joined Worldcrunch where he puts together the While You Slept newsletter. Far from being just a news guy, he also enjoys reading, cooking, watching football and is a classic rock zealot.

Bella

Bella

Zoo'd Co-editor

Bella is Worldcrunch's social media editor's beagle. When she's not busy causing mischief, Princess Bella keeps an eye on our animal-related blog, Zoo'd.

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