There has never been a more exciting time to be a young journalist with ambition to cover the world. And never a time more challenging.
News organizations are financially weakened, closing foreign bureaus and refusing to invest in young talent. Round Earth Media invests in global journalism’s next generation — journalists like Ambar Espinoza.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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.