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“Do you think your paper has the resources to take that on?”

March 4, 2016

That’s the question the lawyer for the plaintiffs asked the Boston Globe’s investigative reporter in the Academy Award-winning movie, Spotlight.

The reporter’s answer? I do.

If you haven’t watched Spotlight — I encourage you — it’s available for rent online. (Click the image below for this fantastic movie’s trailer).

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In 2002, the Globe’s investigative reporters were given time and resources to expose not only individual priests who abused kids but also the system that covered up the abuse.

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“I want us to pay better attention to the world.”

February 26, 2016

Kiannah Sepeda-Miller, a student on our journalism study abroad program in Morocco.

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A caravan of camels carries our students across the Merzouga dunes in the Moroccan Sahara.
Here’s Kiannah, writing in her student newspaper, The Knox Student:”It’s an embarrassing privilege that we (Americans) get by thinking so little of a world that cannot afford to ignore us. My program [the SIT Study Abroad/Round Earth Media journalism program in Morocco] spent a night at a college dormitory in Ouarzazate with a large group of Moroccan women who knew the lyrics to Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” far better than we did — and most of them didn’t speak English.

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This is the real prostitution in Morocco

February 19, 2016

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The corner of Souad’s small bedroom in Tangier, Morocco, is crowded with piles of clothes, half-eaten bread and a dresser full of makeup and hair supplies. Photo: Kayla Dwyer

Souad, 39, hastily enters her second-floor apartment in Tangier’s old walled neighborhood of souks, mosques and ancient houses. She rips off her long, traditional robe and headscarf and squeezes a green sweatshirt into her jeans, touching red lipstick to her lips, swollen and bruised by a recent beating from a client.

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“Now I can weave until midnight”

February 12, 2016

A Small Island in the Indian Ocean Offers Big Lessons on Clean Power
“Now I can weave until midnight.”

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As the sun sets on the small Indonesian island of Sumba, Danga Beru Haba begins weaving under the glow of a single incandescent lightbulb, the only one in her home. Although she is tired from working dawn to dusk in the fields surrounding her village of Kampung Kalihi, the sarong she is weaving to sell locally will provide extra income for her family.

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They’re off and running!

February 5, 2016

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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

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Photo : LILIÁN LÓPEZ CAMBEROS

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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