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Published on 01/10/2014

Altermondes: citizen media and very first press SCIC

On 18 September 2014 the Altermondes magazine launched its new 3-monthly edition at newsstands and on its Internet site www.altermondes.org. An event following on from the magazine’s considerable transformation in March of this year: Altermondes became the first written general-interest press mouthpiece published by a société coopérative d’intérêt collectif (SCIC – a type of social enterprise in France). GRET is a shareholding member of Altermondes, and was elected for two years as one of the four NGO representatives on the editorial board.

For nine years now Altermondes has been looking into international problems from a solidarity, sustainable development and human rights perspective. It strongly encourages an understanding of the international stakes and challenges, sheds light on projects as well as on the issues pushing the public to act and on citizen-centred alternatives. To offer another view onto the world, Altermondes gives their say to the people and organisations working daily on the ground to build a fairer world. The editorial content is the outcome of encounters and exchanges between journalists and civil society players from the four corners of the world, and experts in the subjects dealt with.

In March of this year the association publishing the magazine was transformed into a French type of social enterprise called a société coopérative d’intérêt collectif (SCIC). Altermondes thus became the first written non-specialist press mouthpiece managed by a cooperative bringing together 40 civil society organisations (NGOs, associations, trade unions, etc.), 100 proofreaders, 30 information professionals as well as the salaried staff. On the 18th of this month 20,000 copies of the magazine were for the first time available at newsstands, at the same time as its new Internet site was being launched.

GRET is a long-time contributor to the magazine. It wanted to support Altermondes and joined the list of shareholding members in the body of civil society organisations. Moreover, GRET was elected by the shareholding members to the multiplayer editorial board alongside three other civil society organisation representatives (Ritimo, Etudiants et Développement and Educasol), four information professionals representatives and two subscribers.

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