(From “The Truth Is Hard” a new New York Times ad campaign.)
I’ve spent a lot of time over the last 12 years in countries without a free press. Countries where journalists are intimidated, threatened, jailed and even killed for doing their jobs. As an American journalist, I’ve often reflected on how easy we have it. Many times I’ve wondered what American journalists would do if they faced even a fraction of what journalists in the countries we cover deal with —
Hollywood’s Dark Side?
Young extras in Morocco get a brush with fame, but there may be a cost
OUARZAZATE, Morocco – Strolling this town on the western edge of the Sahara Desert, you might hear a man relating a conversation he had with Brad Pitt. Or a 20-something talking about how he saw Tom Hanks on the street. Or a girl gushing about how beautiful Emilia Clarke is in person.
This week, I’m in the world’s largest island country (a mind-boggling 14,000+ islands), making plans for a project we hope to launch next year to cover this important and neglected country, home to 13 percent of the world’s Muslim population. Almost every major US media outlet used to have a bureau in Jakarta – the only newspaper left is the Wall Street Journal. There are magnificent young freelancers here – Americans and Indonesians — eager to work with us.
The New York Times now has more reporters covering the White House than ever in its 150 year-plus history. The Washington Post has put 30% more reporters on the White House beat and will soon have a “far larger” congressional team, according to National Director Scott Wilson.
With this understandable and important emphasis on Washington, it’s likely that fewer staff reporters will be covering the every-day issues that affect the daily lives of millions of people around the world.
We are very pleased to announce a new Round Earth Media reporting project in Mexico (from the highlands of Chiapas and the Yucatan) along with Haiti, which will be our first time reporting from that country. This reporting project, supported by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, will focus on racial and gender inequities and will employ our unique partnership model (an American journalist partnered with a journalist from in-country).
Amanpour, chief international correspondent and anchor at CNN, spoke this week at the annual International Press Freedom Awards dinner of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) which honors courageous journalists from around the world.
In receiving CPJ’s Burton Benjamin Memorial Award for “extraordinary and sustained achievement in the cause of press freedom,” Amanpour spoke these important and powerful words. They have particular resonance for all of us at Round Earth Media.
From all of us at Round Earth Media to all of you who supported our work yesterday via Give to the Max!
Your support will put more young journalists into the field to do difficult, sometimes dangerous, always important reporting. Plane tickets. Experienced mentoring. Finding stories that need to be told and crucially, connecting our reporters to the most prestigious media outlets.
Heartfelt thanks for YOUR generous gifts to Round Earth Media.
Greetings from me and another terrific group of young journalists in Morocco!
Like all of you, we’ve spent the days since the election trying to understand what it means for our country and our world. One thing we know for sure: Round Earth Media’s work and mission is more important than ever before. At a time of diminished international coverage, when many media outlets value sensation and speed, Round Earth Media is cultivating the next generation of global journalists to produce comprehensive,