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Wake Up Mainstream Media!

March 17, 2017

Recommended This Week

Some perspective from this new study* in theColumbia Journalism Review (click on the photo above for the entire report). This is especially important with President Trump’s immigration plan making headline news.

“The right-wing media was able to bring the focus on immigration, Clinton emails, and scandals more generally to the broader media environment. A sentence-level analysis of stories throughout the media environment suggests that Donald Trump’s substantive agenda—heavily focused on immigration and direct attacks on Hillary Clinton—came to dominate public discussions.

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Visiting Vietnam? Go soon!

March 11, 2017

It’s architectural gems are disappearing

HO CHI MINH CITY   Once an architectural gem emblematic of Vietnam’s era as a French colony, the Tax Trade Center with its iconic Art Deco facade is now mostly rubble.

Despite a petition drive spearheaded by a growing historic preservation movement, the building was demolished in recent months. In its place, developers plan a 43-story complex with a connection to the first subway line in the city.

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Doing Our Jobs

March 6, 2017

(From “The Truth Is Hard” a new New York Times ad campaign.)

I’ve spent a lot of time over the last 12 years in countries without a free press.  Countries where journalists are intimidated, threatened, jailed and even killed for doing their jobs. As an American journalist, I’ve often reflected on how easy we have it.  Many times I’ve wondered what American journalists would do if they faced even a fraction of what journalists in the countries we cover deal with —

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Hollywood’s Dark Side?

February 25, 2017

Hollywood’s Dark Side?
Young extras in Morocco get a brush with fame, but there may be a cost

OUARZAZATE, Morocco – Strolling this town on the western edge of the Sahara Desert, you might hear a man relating a conversation he had with Brad Pitt. Or a 20-something talking about how he saw Tom Hanks on the street. Or a girl gushing about how beautiful Emilia Clarke is in person.

Ouarzazate may be far from Hollywood,

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Best News Sources

February 17, 2017

Greetings from Indonesia

This week, I’m in the world’s largest island country (a mind-boggling 14,000+ islands), making plans for a project we hope to launch next year to cover this important and neglected country, home to 13 percent of the world’s Muslim population.   Almost every major US media outlet used to have a bureau in Jakarta –  the only newspaper left is the Wall Street Journal.   There are magnificent young freelancers here – Americans and Indonesians — eager to work with us. 

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Who’s Covering the World?

February 3, 2017

The New York Times now has more reporters covering the White House than ever in its 150 year-plus history.  The Washington Post has put 30% more reporters on the White House beat and will soon have a “far larger” congressional team, according to National Director Scott Wilson.

With this understandable and important emphasis on Washington, it’s likely that fewer staff reporters will be covering the every-day issues that affect the daily lives of millions of people around the world. 

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“A Gut Check Moment?”

January 27, 2017

In more than 35 years as a journalist, I can’t recall a front page headline in a respected newspaper with this explosive 3-letter word.

This headline in Monday’s New York Times was not on an opinion piece or editorial.  It was the front page headline on a news story.

Lie.  It’s a word that doesn’t bother former CBS news anchor, Dan Rather.

“When something is, in fact, a demonstrable lie, it is our responsibility to say so.

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Haiti, Mexico & Our Journalists

December 9, 2016

We’re going back to Mexico

And for the first time to Haiti!

We are very pleased to announce a new Round Earth Media reporting project in Mexico (from the highlands of Chiapas and the Yucatan) along with Haiti, which will be our first time reporting from that country.  This reporting project, supported by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, will focus on racial and gender inequities and will employ our unique partnership model (an American journalist partnered with a journalist from in-country).

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Telling Real News From Fake

December 2, 2016

Many students on our journalism study abroad programs go on to careers as professional reporters and photojournalists.
But, many others do not.
And that’s okay.
Why?

 

Because every student leaves our programs as a more discerning consumer of news and information.

They’ve learned what it takes to produce ethical journalism at the highest levels of the profession. 

They’ve learned how to to tell fake news from real.

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Journalism faces an ‘existential crisis’

November 25, 2016

Journalism faces an ‘existential crisis’

~ Christiane Amanpour

Amanpour, chief international correspondent and anchor at CNN, spoke this week at the annual International Press Freedom Awards dinner of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) which honors courageous journalists from around the world.

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In receiving CPJ’s Burton Benjamin Memorial Award for “extraordinary and sustained achievement in the cause of press freedom,” Amanpour spoke these important and powerful words.  They have particular resonance for all of us at Round Earth Media. 

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