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Fairness in Foreign Reporting

July 15, 2016

My reporting could not have been done without him.

Sydney H. Schanberg died on Saturday.  He was a correspondent for The New York Times who “won a Pulitzer Prize for covering Cambodia’s fall to the Khmer Rouge in 1975 and inspired the film ‘The Killing Fields’ with the story of his Cambodian colleague’s  survival during the genocide of millions,” according to Schanberg’s obituary in The Times. The obituary goes on to say that Schanberg considered his many awards,

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What Path is Best?

July 9, 2016

Is Bigger the Best Path
to Development?

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TANGIER, Morocco — At cafés on Tangier’s Mediterranean coast, rows of young Moroccans sit facing the hazy, yet ever present outline of Spain a mere 8.5 miles away. The idea of escaping to Spain is deep-set in Tangier. Stories often surface of overnight boats transporting Moroccan migrants. Some even attempt to swim the distance and drown. Driving this exodus is unemployment in Morocco which stands at close to 40 percent,

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An explanation!

July 1, 2016

Some of Our Journalists are Students

Hello to my friends and the friends of Round Earth Media,

Some of you have been asking — so you work with students? Well, not only students but mentoring, training and supporting student journalists is indeed one of the most rewarding – and groundbreaking – aspects of our work. Here’s an explanation.

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Journalists we mentor, train and support are all under the age of 35. Some of those journalists have been working for years —

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By Popular Demand

June 24, 2016

By Popular Demand

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I’ve been asked for this — so here goes!

On the evening of May 18th, I was in Chicago for an event at the Museum of Contemporary Art where the MacArthur Foundation announced it’s expanded commitment to journalism and independent media, a commitment that includes 5 years of general operating support for Round Earth Media.

I joined Raney Aronson of FRONTLINE, Tabitha Jackson of the Sundance Film Festival’s documentary unit, and Cathy Cohen of The Black Youth Project for a conversation about the vital role of public and independent media‬ (moderated by Hari Sreenivasan of PBS NewsHour).

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Back from South Africa!

June 10, 2016

Back from South Africa with partnerships in place for an exciting new journalism program

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That’s Round Earth editor Beverley Abel and me meeting at the Times Media Group’s office in Cape Town. For the first time, Round Earth is working on a project that will embed our journalism students within a newspaper in-country. We plan to partner students from US colleges and universities with early-career reporters at the Times’ offices in Cape Town and Johannesburg to work together on under reported stories.

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Greetings from South Africa

May 27, 2016

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Hello to my friends and the friends of Round Earth Media,

I’m delighted to be writing from South Africa where I will be spending the next few weeks finalizing plans for an exciting new Round Earth project here, another collaboration with SIT Study Abroad. I’m accompanied by Round Earth editor

5a864521-200c-4921-a679-96c32f239a19Beverley Abel, who hails from South Africa, and Imraan Buccus, the SIT Study Abroad Academic Director for “Social and Political Transformation.” Among other things, we’re meeting with editors at The Times Media Group,

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Extraordinary news!

May 18, 2016

Round Earth Media Awarded Unrestricted MacArthur Foundation Support

Minneapolis, May 18, 2106 – Round Earth Media announced today that the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has named it one of 12 journalism nonprofits to receive major unrestricted operating grants, “enabling even more entrepreneurial work that makes available factual reporting, authentic stories, and diverse voices to help inform a robust public civic dialogue,” said MacArthur President Julia Stasch.

Round Earth Media will receive five years of general operating support totaling $500,000.

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Chicago Friends! Making Sense of the Noise

May 15, 2016

An invitation especially for our Chicago area friends

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Please join me and some of the most esteemed names in public media

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May 18, 2016

5:15 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Museum of Contemporary Art
Edlis Neeson Theater
220 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago

You are invited to a lively conversation about the role of nonprofit journalism,

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Why do they do it?

May 7, 2016

Why do they do it?

I get this question a lot, once again last week after my speech on the challenges facing international journalists.

What compels a journalist to risk his or her life simply to file a story?

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Reuters / Thursday, March 17, 2011 Journalists, including New York Times photographers Tyler Hicks (R- in glasses) and Lynsey Addario (far L), Getty Images photographer John Moore (2nd L), freelance photographer Holly Pickett (3rdL) and freelancer Philip Poupin (4th L) run for cover during a bombing run by Libyan government planes at a checkpoint near the oil refinery of Ras Lanuf March 11,

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I’m tired of the complaints….

April 22, 2016

I’m tired of the complaints ….
Yes, some journalists and media outlets are failing us,
but let me tell you about the journalists I know.

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They are dedicated to reporting the facts with context and sensitivity, often risking their lives because they believe democracy in our increasingly interconnected world depends on getting the story right.
Here’s a sampling of their Pulitzer Prize winning work.
(For all of the Pulitzer winners click on the photo above.)

A MOB KILLING AND FLAWED JUSTICE
Click on the photo below for a story by Alissa Rubin,

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