GroundTruth is a registered nonprofit headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. Headed by GlobalPost co-founder Charles M. Sennott, our team is committed to online publishing of ‘environments of understanding’ that enlighten and inform. We focus on narrative storytelling about issues that matter for an increasingly interconnected world and we search for solutions to these issues.
At the core of what we do is the idea of ‘ground truth,’ which, put simply, means being there on the ground to tell the story. The origin of the word actually comes from NASA, and refers to part of the calibration process used in satellite imagery. When NASA measures something with a satellite, an employee on the ground takes the same measurement. That human measurement is known as “ground truth.” If the results differ, the “ground truth” has greater credibility than the satellite does, according to NASA.