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February 5, 2016


Welcoming another group of aspiring young journalists working with Round Earth in our collaboration with SIT Study Abroad in Morocco

With the help of Round Earth’s editors and advisers, these students find the most amazing stories. Last year, Sarah Ford and Emma Hohenstein with their Moroccan partners, Hamza Joulal and Sara Werbi, reported Broken Promises: The fight to educate children with disabilities in the Middle East and North Africa

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What difference do we make?

January 29, 2016

Over the last few weeks, it’s been a great pleasure to travel the United States meeting with foundations and individuals, hearing their enthusiasm for our stories and our partnership model.

Still, wherever I go, I’m asked whether excellent journalism makes much difference in the world. What’s the impact from our reporting?

I’ve been pointing to a recent Round Earth reporting project in Guatemala.

One story reported on a landmark decision granting Guatemalan women fleeing domestic violence asylum in the US.

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The world has lost a great talent and an extraordinary human being. Remembering our friend, Leila Alaoui.

January 22, 2016

“Leila Alaoui, a French-Moroccan photographer whose hauntingly beautiful photographs explored themes of migration, cultural identity and displacement, died on Monday night from injuries sustained during a terrorist attack in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. She was 33.”   From Leila’s obituary in The New York Times.

I will be forever grateful to Aida Alami for introducing me to Leila years ago in Casablanca.   Aida is a journalist who works with Round Earth — she’s known Leila since childhood.

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Ishan Thakore reported with Round Earth and SIT from Morocco: Now what’s he up to?

January 12, 2016

Ishan Thakore, 23, is the kid in school that everyone knows will go on to do great things. He is a student of public policy who also focuses on global health and journalism. His name hints at a South Asian heritage, he likes to play tennis, read, watch movies, and run. He has a tendency to try new things and fall in love with them like the time he took a writing course sophomore year of college and then signed up for Morocco: Field Studies in Journalism and New Media,

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New ground-breaking Spanish radio series

January 8, 2016

2016 is off to a great start at Round Earth Media!

We are hard at work on a ground-breaking series in Spanish for radio stations in Mexico and Central America — the countries so many immigrants are fleeing.

Only Round Earth can claim to reach audiences in the U.S. and in the countries where the stories are actually taking place.
Our eight-part radio series in Spanish builds on the Latin American tradition of using storytelling as part of educational radio programming and will resemble a telenovela with a cliffhanger ending every week.

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Thank you and our wish for more stories of hope in 2016

December 18, 2015

In a world full of bad news, there are many untold stories of hope, opportunity and progress.Round Earth Media is working to tell these stories.
Midwives Transform and Improve Women’s Health in Mexico



Good maternal health care is a challenge in many parts of the world — including rural Mexico. Maternity hospital wards are often overcrowded and cesarean sections are routinely scheduled. But in the rural state of Guerrero, the Mexican government has opened its first maternity hospital with trained,

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Silence can be dangerous. Breaking the silence can be dangerous, too.

December 13, 2015

Many Round Earth Media journalists put themselves in danger to report on stories that no one else is telling. Stories the world needs. They travel to dangerous areas and interview sources who have been victims of violence, extortion and persecution. They often immerse themselves in a culture of drugs, murder and disregard for human rights to understand the complex issues that tie into a specific story.

unnamedAlicia Fernández (photo left) works in Juárez, Mexico, one of the most dangerous cities in the world to be a journalist: “When many of these things were happening in Juárez,

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Making Sense of World Events

December 4, 2015

How to make sense of world events?

YOU can make the difference.

To my friends and the friends of Round Earth,

I landed in Paris this morning on my way to Morocco where Round Earth editors lead a journalism study abroad program. I am so inspired by our young journalists in Morocco — they choose to tell stories that bridge the sometimes seemingly unbridgeable gulf between East and West.

Morocco is just one of Round Earth’s projects —

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“Hey hey, ho ho, reporters have got to go!”

November 10, 2015

University of Missouri Professor telling a student journalist to leave a public space.“Hey hey, ho ho, reporters have got to go!”

That’s what protesters chanted yesterday at the University of Missouri, blocking journalists’ access to a public area of the campus during protests over racial issues.  Annie Rees is a graduate student at Missouri’s acclaimed school of journalism.  “I needed to write what I felt,” says Rees.  We share her reflections here. 

I know that journalists can be invasive. I am deeply aware that the media can perpetuate problems.

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You’ve seen the pictures

September 28, 2015

The little boy’s body washed up on the beach, the exhausted men and women, old and young, sleeping on the streets of European cities.  Millions of people around the world are on the move. They’re fleeing war, violence and desperate poverty.

And it’s not just Europe, Africa and the Middle East where this is happening.

On our southern border, every day, a human drama plays out, as Central Americans and Mexicans try desperately to cross into the US.

If you’ve ever wondered why people risk their lives – and their children’s lives –

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