In just two days, 14 thousand people viewed a post from our recent Round Earth reporting trip to Haiti. Why did Round Earth journalist Aida Alami’s reflections go viral? Well, as Mira Kamdar, a former editorial writer for the New York Times, posted on Twitter: “Beautiful report on what a reporter learned and how deeply she was moved on a first trip to Haiti. You will want to learn more.”
Aida begins with Haitian writer Edwidge Danticat, a finalist for this year’s National Book Critics Circle Award.
Greetings from India where I am vacationing (OK, also working) for a few weeks and just now got strong enough Internet to send this weekly newsletter. Next stop: Morocco where I’ll be helping our students prepare their story ideas.
As many of you know, our unique method means stories have two reporters: one from the United States and the other from the country where the story happens. Our student partners are no exception. These young reporters, with mentoring from Round Earth’s experienced editors,
The British-Irish freelancer Iona Craig has just won the Polk Award, one of journalism’s most prestigious acknowledgements. For years Craig has covered Yemen which is, according to the Poynter Institute, one of the most godforsaken places on earth: A beautiful land, where early coffee cultivation began, riven by cholera and a devastating proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia. It’s a war in which U.S. weaponry and ordnance is helping flatten the country,
Julian Harris, an SIT student on our 2013 journalism program in Morocco, plays with his baby host brother as he waits for lunch in Birta Village, part of Sbaa Rouadi Commune in the Boulmane region near Fez. Photo Mark Minton
Our program in Morocco is based in Rabat, the capital, but our students spend 5 days — or more — in a village living with local families. Why? Because one can’t know Morocco without an understanding of life in its villages. Around the world,
The number of journalists killed in Mexico reached an all-time high last year, making our neighbor to the south one of the deadliest places in the world to work as a journalist. Many Mexican journalists, facing death threats for their reporting, have had no choice but to flee for their lives, according to a recent story in the Los Angeles Times.
There are no good options for Mexican journalists on the run.
The International Reporting Project just shut down. For 20 years IRP was a premier independent non-profit funding international journalism. 651 IRP-funded journalists have reported from 115 countries, producing important, under-covered stories mostly from the developing world. No official reason was given for the decision but it’s reported that IRP was out of money. The community of international journalists — mostly freelancers these days — is devastated by this loss with many journalists saying IRP is where they were able to get funding for some of their most important work.
Have you seen the movie (click the image above for the trailer)? The Post isn’t perfect (it’s a movie, after all) but it does a terrific job of advocating for a free press. Brave journalists doing their jobs, willing to risk money and access. After you’ve seen the movie, and if you want more — especially about Daniel Ellsberg:
HERE’s a recent interview with Ellsberg on NPR’s Fresh Air. This guy —
A 2014 Pew study found that the number of foreign correspondents working for American newspapers dropped by almost a quarter in 10 years. The same study estimated that network coverage of foreign news in 2013 was less than half of what it was in the late 1980s.
And those numbers predate the presidential election in 2016, when American coverage became even more internally focused. According to a study by Harvard University in 2017, 41 percent of news stories in American media during U.S.
That’s the conclusion of a new study by two economists, Hunt Allcott and Matthew Gentzkow. From a fascinating and important article in a recent edition of the Columbia Journalism Review (CJR):[The researchers] found roughly four times as many Clinton-related sentences that described scandals as opposed to policies, whereas Trump-related sentences were one-and-a-half times as likely to be about policy as scandal. Given the sheer number of scandals in which Trump was implicated—sexual assault;
Regine Theodat spent her first year running a human rights clinic, until she found out that Haitians really wanted something else. “People kept asking me for jobs,” she said.
Click on the photo above for this inspiring story which appeared this week in USA Today’s print edition. We are proud to have partners like USA Today as part of our distribution network, which reaches the public radio audience (these stories will also be broadcast on NPR) andbeyond.