It was established in 2007 by two former journalists: Charlotte Eager, a foreign correspondent who has covered conflicts such as the Iraq and Balkan wars, and Rosie Whitehouse, a former BBC journalist, in reaction to the lack of quality books on foreign affairs. They believe these books are newsworthy and want to publish books "that mainstream houses shun in favour of ghosted showbiz autobiographies and TV spin-offs".
At the beginning of 2008 Reportage was named as one of the 'New lists to watch' by The Bookseller. All the titles published have received excellent media coverage, something Charlotte and Rosie put down to "the newsworthy content, and their ability to get books out quickly.
Reportage Press books also have a charitable aspect; a percentage of the profits go towards a charity related to the book. For example a percentage of profits from Denise Affonço's To The End Of Hell go to the Documenation Centre of Cambodia (DC-Cam), where a scholarship has been set up in the name of Denise Affonço's nine-year-old daughter Jeannie, who starved to death in 1976 under the Khmer Rouge regime.