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What do you think?

June 9, 2017

I recently attended a discussion entitled The First Amendment in the Time of Trump, sponsored by the American Bar Association.   One idea seemed to be on everyone’s mind: the fact that “increasingly, we Americans occupy alternate universes,” as CBS Sunday MorningSenior Contributor Ted Koppel puts it.  What caused this divide?”Rush Limbaugh had a lot to do with creating those two separate worlds. But he couldn’t have done it until 1987, when the Federal Communications Commission did away with the so-called Fairness Doctrine,”

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Telling Real from Fake

June 2, 2017

This week, I’m sharing an article in the Columbia Journalism Review with guidelines for telling real news from fake.  It’s an issue many of you have asked about.  Here’s a sampling — click on the photo above for the entire article.

  1. Willingness to retract, correct, and implicitly or explicitly apologize for misstatements in a timely manner.
  2. A reliance on professional ethics, includingaccuracy, and an interest in contrary evidence.
  3. Following the story regardless of its political implications.

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Trust

May 26, 2017


Hello everyone,I’m just back from “Elevate Engagement,” a conference sponsored by the non-profit Journalism That Matters and the Agora Journalism Center at the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication.  What’s one take-home from this conference?  A new understanding about the pervasive lack of trust in journalists.

There are many reasons for this. We journalists have missed essential stories and failed to cover our communities — domestic and global — fairly and adequately. We’ve failed to investigate. To challenge.  And importantly, to shine a light on the good in the world,

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Our Hearts are Broken

May 19, 2017


Broken for Mexico, the country where Round Earth Media got its start and where we work with brave Mexican journalists who risk their lives just doing their jobs.  Perhaps the bravest of them all was Javier Valdez, murdered this week near the office of the newspaper he founded, presumably by drug dealers unhappy with his reporting.

“Where I work, Culiacán, in the state of Sinaloa, Mexico, it is dangerous to be alive, and to do journalism is to walk on an invisible line drawn by the bad guys —

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Study: Media slants coverage of Muslim women

May 12, 2017

New Study:
Media slants coverage of Muslim women

This is the conclusion from Rochelle Terman, a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford who conducted a study of New York Times and Washington Post coverage between 1980 and 2014.

Here’s Terman:

Are Muslims inherently misogynist? Many Americans seem to think so.  Public opinion data reveal anxiety about whether Islam is compatible with Western values. A big part of that unease comes from the perception that Muslim societies are sexist and patriarchal….American public opinion about Muslim women’s rights may come in part from an imbalance in media portrayals….U.S.

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Syria Explained

April 21, 2017

Recommended this Week
Syria Explained


Don’t miss this excellent video “explainer” on the war in Syria from VOX.  Click on the image above for the video.
I’d like to hear from you!  What did you read/hear/watch this week that’s not to be missed?

Warmest regards,
Mary

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Working for a Better World

April 17, 2017

Years ago, in preparation for spending 6 months on assignment in Bolivia, I read a magnificent book byWilliam Powers:Whispering in the Giant’s Ear: A Frontline Chronicle from Bolivia’s War on Globalization (2006). Little did I know that, during my stay in Cochabamba, I would become friends with Melissa Draper and that Melissa and Bill would marry years later.  It is a small world!

Today, I received an email from Bill — he’s working on a new book and shared the draft manuscript with me. 

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Yes, They Can!

April 7, 2017

Student Journalist Emily Rizzo (right) with Ahmed Kathrada and Barbara Hogan

It’s been 5 years since SIT Study Abroad approached me with the idea of starting a journalism program in Morocco.   I agreed — under two conditions.  We use the Round Earth partnership model (an American journalism student partnered with a young journalist from the country). And, we publish the stories in top media outlets–  if they’re good enough.  To their eternal credit, SIT said “Why not?”  But others weren’t so sure. 

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Fearless

April 5, 2017

The foreign editor at a major national newspaper recently asked for a column about young journalists who inspire me.  There are many but none more than the Indonesian, Febriana Firdaus.

When Western journalists parachute into a country for a week of reporting, they contact journalists like Firdaus who give them story ideas, sources and generally work as a “fixer” (usually without a byline or fair financial compensation). We’re out to change that.  It’s our model to pair a Western journalist with a journalist from the country where the story is taking place to work together inequal partnership. 

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Finding Solutions

March 27, 2017

Recommended This Week

 As we prepare to launch an exciting new reporting project in Haiti,  I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about what journalists do right — and what they do that is not serving citizens of the United Sates and the world.  My conclusion? We need to go beyond scattershot stories.  We need to provide context.  We need to dig deep into the way in which our systems and policies work against prosperity and dignity for so many people in the United States and the world. 

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