WASHINGTON—The National Geographic Society, one of the world’s largest nonprofit educational and scientific organizations, reflects the world and all that’s in it through magazines, television, books, videos, maps and interactive media. Its mission — the increase and diffusion of geographic knowledge and conservation of the world’s natural resources— is as relevant today as it was when the Society was founded 115 years ago.
National Geographic is renowned for its signature photography, maps and in-depth reporting of the people, places, creatures and marvels of the world. It has a formidable global presence through the scientists, explorers, photographers, television crews and writers who circle the world constantly in pursuit of the Society’s mission, as well as in a growing international membership. In every country and in an increasing number of languages, the famous yellow border logo of the Society is a cherished brand of adventure and quality.
National Geographic, the official journal of the Society, is published in 23 languages: English, Japanese, Spanish, Italian, Greek, Hebrew, French, German, Polish, Korean, Portuguese, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Dutch, Chinese (traditional characters), Finnish, Turkish, Thai, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian and Russian, with a total circulation of about 9 million.
National Geographic Channels International, business enterprise of National Geographic Television, NBC and Fox Cable Networks Group, makes available to audiences worldwide its vast, unparalleled library of documentary and adventure programming, spectacular imagery and compelling storytelling. NGCI, the fastest-growing international cable channel in the world, is seen in 200 million households in 25 languages in 145 countries. The National Geographic Channel, a daily cable network, launched in the United States in January 2001.
National Geographic’s book program publishes more than 80 adult and children’s books a year. They have been published in 31 languages and are available in 75 countries. While special photographic collections and atlases are a regular focus of the Society’s books, volumes dealing with subjects as diverse as the human mind, the history of science and cultures of the world also are published. National Geographic’s popular travel books series includes driving guides, profiles of national parks and one-of-a-kind directories to the best places to watch wildlife. The National Geographic Traveler, a major series of travel guides to alluring destinations worldwide, was launched in April 1999. The Adventure Press imprint, chronicling tales of the bold and the curious, debuted in April 2000. National Geographic Directions, a series of literary travel memoirs by some of the world’s most prominent writers, launched in January 2002.
National Geographic Maps prepares maps for the Society’s magazines and Web site as well as CD-ROMs, globes, atlases and charts that are standard references in homes, schools and libraries. Its sophisticated and functional road atlas and series of trail and destination maps serve travelers on both the road and hiking trail.
Nationalgeographic.com produces the Society’s Web site and a line of award-winning CD-ROMs. The Web site averages around 45 million page views a month.