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,
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 —
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Some perspective from this new study* in theColumbia Journalism Review (click on the photo above for the entire report). This is especially important with President Trump’s immigration plan making headline news.
“The right-wing media was able to bring the focus on immigration, Clinton emails, and scandals more generally to the broader media environment. A sentence-level analysis of stories throughout the media environment suggests that Donald Trump’s substantive agenda—heavily focused on immigration and direct attacks on Hillary Clinton—came to dominate public discussions.
HO CHI MINH CITY— Once an architectural gem emblematic of Vietnam’s era as a French colony, the Tax Trade Center with its iconic Art Deco facade is now mostly rubble.
Despite a petition drive spearheaded by a growing historic preservation movement, the building was demolished in recent months. In its place, developers plan a 43-story complex with a connection to the first subway line in the city.