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A revolution like the invention of the printing press?

December 19, 2009

That analogy is being used to describe the state of journalism today. Gutenberg’s invention meant that old forms of transmitting information were breaking down and new ones had yet to cohere — a transition accompanied by much confusion and uncertainty.

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Bolivia's First Indigenous Prez Headed to Re-election

December 7, 2009

Not long ago, Bolivia appeared headed toward civil war. But in the elections just being counted, Evo Morales has achieved a lopsided victory with his opposition in disarray according to AP reports. Why?

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There is a future for young global journalists

December 2, 2009

One of the great pleasures of my work is that nearly every day I meet another brilliant and ambitious early-career journalist dedicated to global reporting. Despite what you may be hearing elsewhere, I think these young journalists do have a future in the new media landscape, though it will undoubtedly require more of them to be entrepreneurial and independent.

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Latrines

November 14, 2009

At Round Earth Media we cover important global issues that aren’t getting attention in the daily news cycle. One story we hope to report may sound pretty dull, even gross: the lack of latrines.

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Why did you do that story?

November 10, 2009

Have you ever wondered why a certain story is in the news? How do we decide what stories to do?  And where to pitch them?  For instance, why was our story on land reform in Bolivia broadcast on Marketplace and not The World? And most importantly, how can we be sure we got a story right?

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Mekong Dams

November 6, 2009

In the United States, Canada and Europe, some old hydroelectric dams are being torn down, rejected as environmentally destructive or too expensive to repair or replace. But that’s not the case in parts of the developing world, including Southeast Asia. There dams are being built along the biologically rich Mekong River and its tributaries. In just one small country, Laos, seven large dams are currently under construction, and over 50 more are on the drawing board.  Some see this as a major threat to biodiversity.

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Bomb Hunters in Laos

The world economic crisis caused a steep drop in the price of metal but that hasn’t stopped a strange and extremely dangerous enterprise in the jungles of Laos. Every day kids and adults trek into the forest looking for scrap metal they can sell for cash. They find fine gauge steel – bombs — or pieces of them — left over from the Vietnam War. Many of these bombs never exploded. Mary Stucky reports from Laos on this deadly business.

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Welcome to the new Round Earth Media!

November 5, 2009

Here’s where you can suggest stories and projects for us, comment on those we’ve done and let us know what you think about the stories we’re working on now — stories about issues that need attention from parts of the world that are rarely covered. We hope you’ll enjoy the stories we’ve already reported!

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Hope for Panama Hat Weavers in Ecuador

Some of the finest straw hats in the world come from Ecuador. The best sell for hundreds, even thousands of dollars. Most of that money goes to the dealers and retail stores — the weavers themselves don’t earn enough to live on. But a retired U.S. advertising executive says he has a plan to create more demand for the hats and pay the best weavers a decent wage. Mary Stucky reports from the central coast of Ecuador.

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Mining in Potosi

Last year, mining companies in Bolivia doubled their profits, thanks to soaring price of minerals. Despite that, Bolivia is the poorest country in South America. That’s because most miners don’t work for big mining companies. In Bolivia, miners usually form themselves into what they call cooperatives and pick through what’s left after the big mining companies pull out. There is virtually no government oversight of this industry and miners work under appalling conditions that have hardly changed in 500 years. 50 thousand mostly men toil in the mines of Bolivia.

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