A big reason for the excellence of our East African coverage is Sarah Ooko, 27, a freelance journalist based in Nairobi. As a frequent contributor to The EastAfrican, Ooko’s stories are read throughout the region. When not reporting, she works at the Kenyan Alliance of Health and Science Reporters under another of her mentors, the Knight Health Fellow Rachel Jones. The work Ooko produced for Round Earth Media in partnership with Mary Stucky will be broadcast on NPR and other media outlets in the weeks to come.
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Starting in January 2012 we will be on the streets and in the classrooms of Rabat, Morocco, working one-on-one with U.S. college students who aspire to be the next generation of foreign correspondents. In this unique collaboration with SIT Study Abroad, we’ll effect the demands of an international news bureau while immersing students in one of the world’s most intriguing cultures. We’re looking forward to some excellent mentoring opportunities and some promising stories. An exciting twist: Because SIT Study Abroad’s longstanding Morocco programs involve intensive language study,
In India, aborting a fetus based on its sex is illegal, but the practice is common due to a societal preference for boys. Up to 12 million abortions have occurred as a result of sex selection. Reporter Hanna Ingber Win gains unusual insight into this quiet practice and its implication for one family near Mumbai.
In the Republic of Georgia in Eastern Europe for the first time ever (starting October 1, 2010), defendants have the option of being tried by a jury of their peers. This staple of the American court system was made part of the Georgia constitution six years ago. It’s only just now being offered on a limited basis. But as Mary Stucky reports, the United States has been part of a rather unconventional effort to get the country ready.
Culion is a beautiful and remote tropical island in the western Philippines — but it is an island with a dark history. It was once the world’s largest colony for people with leprosy. At its peak, Culion Island was home to 16,000 patients. But today, as Mary Stucky reports, this place that was once called the land of the living dead, has undergone a remarkable transformation.
The goal of Round Earth Media is to produce objective, fact-based journalism. Our special niche is covering unexpected, surprising yet revealing lives and places that traditional media do not have the resources or inclination to cover, especially in the developing world. The global media outlets that publish Round Earth Media stories — for print, radio, video, web and television — rely on us for unearthing little-told issues and searching out news in overlooked parts of the world. We endeavor to provide independent journalism that is clear,
In July, France began deporting Roma back to their homes in Romania and Bulgaria, raising an international outcry (as reported by The New York Times.) Recently, I heard from Nancy Benson, a journalism professor at the University of Illinois. She wanted me to know that ten University of Illinois journalism students were onto this story long before it became news in the traditional media, producing two one-hour programs on life in Romania following European Union integration, reporting on the efforts at economic development and exploring the discrimination toward the minority Roma within the country and the Roma and Romanians who have gone abroad to find work.
When Kunrath Lam was just a little girl she endured one of the most brutal regimes the world has ever known. Nearly 2 million Cambodians died during the reign of the Communist Khmer Rouge in the 1970s. Kunrath Lam and her parents somehow managed to survive – though her childhood was one of intense deprivation. Lam used to dream of the delicious meals her grandmother had prepared for her in happier times. Lam’s absolute favorite– plear salad. Now, in the new country she calls home,
Throughout East Africa, goat is a traditional source of both meat and milk. When he was a boy in Somalia, Jamal Hashi spent his summers herding goats on his family’s farm. Now, he’s in the United States, introducing Americans to Somali delicacies – including goat — at his restaurant in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mary Stucky visited Jamal Hashi as he prepared roasted goat cutlet with vegetables in a special sauce – a dish he says his mother served on special occasions in Somalia.
To make other cultures real through vivid first-hand stories and to explain the connections between “us” and “them” – that’s our goal here at Round Earth Media, and Linda Sjostrom, our web editor, understands it well. Linda has spent time reporting and editing for print and radio both in the United States and abroad. Here, a recent event prompts her to not only reflect on a story she covered in the past, but to also consider identity.
Just last month,