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November 7, 2016


I met Yasmine Ryan a few months ago, when she arrived in the US on a World Press Institute  (WPI)Fellowship. (WPI, is a terrific nonprofit organization that brings journalists from abroad to the US on nine week fellowships.) Like many journalists covering the world today, Yasmine has primarily worked as a freelancer.  Hers was the first feature story on what was to become the Arab Spring to appear in any English-language media outlet.  I am inspired by the dedication of the next generation of young journalists like Yasmine. 

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A Revolutionary Gift

October 28, 2016


Hello everyone… Round Earth friend and supporter Nancy Fushan filling in this week for Mary.

My father was born on Pine Street in downtown Philadelphia, just blocks from where Benjamin Franklin turned a failing newspaper—The Pennsylvania Gazette—into one of the colonies’ most-read and profitable publications! Franklin’s civic activism would bring about the nation’s first volunteer fire station, the Philadelphia public library, and the University of Pennsylvania. So my father probably absorbed Franklin’s wisdom by just breathing the air or drinking the water in his neighborhood.

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Only 32% of Americans Trust the Media

October 14, 2016


“Americans’ trust and confidence in the mass media ‘to report the news fully, accurately and fairly’ has dropped to its lowest level in Gallup polling history, with 32% saying they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media. This is down eight percentage points from last year.”

This Gallup poll — released last month — proposes some possible reasons for the dramatic decline in trust:

“The divisive presidential election this year may be corroding Americans’

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From Environmental issues in Baja California, Mexico to Elections in Morocco

October 7, 2016

It’s been a busy week at Round Earth

We need phosphate to grow food. But should we be digging it up from the sea floor?

“Everything would be finished here,” says fisherman Juan Luis Aguilar.

Click on the photo for our story on NPR stations in the US and also on the CBC in Canada.

Elections in Morocco

Reporting from Round Earth Affiliated Journalists and Journalism Students

The Rise and Fall of Morocco’s Left


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The Embrace Seen Around the World

September 30, 2016

That’s how The New York Times describes it. Who took that photo?

Our very own Al Drago — a student from our Morocco journalism program.  Al came to us in the Fall of 2014 as a senior at Elon University in North Carolina.  Now a photojournalist at The New York Times based in Washington DC, he covers the White House, Congress, and national politics including the presidential election.  “Spending that semester abroad,”

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I’m Back!

September 23, 2016

I’m Back!

Hi everyone,
I’m back from several weeks without Internet — much of that time backpacking deep in the wilderness in Yosemite.  I’m renewed, energized, and have really enjoyed catching up on the newsletters Nancy Fushan sent while I was away.  Hope you enjoyed them, too!  I’m turning this week’s newsletter over, again —  this time to one of our young journalists, Sutton Raphael (photo here).  As you know, we work with student and early career journalists — our students are affiliated with SIT Study Abroad in Morocco,

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Walking the Talk

September 16, 2016

Hello again. Nancy Fushan blogging while Mary is away.

947d0713-9dad-441a-9175-3bba2e36685bLast week we began to look at media ethics through the challenges of our peer journalism organizations. This week we drill down a bit and talk with Round Earth Media board member Ron Henkoff (photo left), who’s leading an effort to refine our own Ethics Policy. Ron has been an editor for Newsweek, Fortune, and Bloomberg Markets, a global business publication with readers in 150 countries.

NF: Let’s start with the journalist’s role.

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The High Road

September 10, 2016

Hi everyone. This is Nancy Fushan with you again this week while Mary Stucky takes some time “off the grid.”

Maybe it’s the sour tone of this year’s election news. Or maybe it’s the number of the recent issues that raise questions about media ethics in the 24 x 7 news cycle. At any rate, I found myself heartened the other day when I came across the Society of Professional Journalists’ (SPJ) 2016 Ethics in Journalism Awards.

SPJ recognized three Associated Press reporters,

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Sexism in Newsrooms

August 26, 2016

Sexism in Newsrooms

After Roger Ailes stepped down as head of Fox News amid claims of sexual harassment from women he worked with, NPR spoke to news veteran Betsy West (photo above), now a professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.  Here’s what she had to say:

“It’s going to take having women at the top of these institutions. And if you look at the power structure, I think,

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What’s Missing From Journalism?

August 20, 2016

Mother Jones Magazine (MoJo) published a blockbuster investigation of private prisons this summer — to huge impact. A dozen MoJo’s staffers worked on this story for 18 months.

The cost?  $350,000.
(Banner ads that appeared in the story brought in just $5,000, according to Mojo.)

This is not news to us at Round Earth.

Our Peabody Award winning project (funded largely by the MacArthur Foundation) cost $300,000 over 2 years.  Foundations support MoJo, too,

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