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Please meet reporting partners Joe Held and Soukaina Zaida – just one of our amazing student pairs. I’ve been in Morocco this week working with Joe and Soukaina — and all of our students journalism partners — helping shape their next 5 weeks of reporting. I am simply astounded at their intelligence, hard work, commitment, critical thinking, and enthusiasm.
On all of our projects and programs we partner an American with his or her in-country counterpart.
For more than 7 years, we’ve run a journalism program from Morocco, striving to uncover the truth about a country most tourists will never see. Here’s Anna Jacobs, the previous Academic Director on our program (for her entire piece click on the image above):
Morocco is ranked as one of the weakest countries in the Middle East and North Africa, just ahead of war-torn Yemen and Syria.
Greetings from India where I am vacationing (OK, also working) for a few weeks and just now got strong enough Internet to send this weekly newsletter. Next stop: Morocco where I’ll be helping our students prepare their story ideas.
As many of you know, our unique method means stories have two reporters: one from the United States and the other from the country where the story happens. Our student partners are no exception. These young reporters, with mentoring from Round Earth’s experienced editors,
Julian Harris, an SIT student on our 2013 journalism program in Morocco, plays with his baby host brother as he waits for lunch in Birta Village, part of Sbaa Rouadi Commune in the Boulmane region near Fez. Photo Mark Minton
Our program in Morocco is based in Rabat, the capital, but our students spend 5 days — or more — in a village living with local families. Why? Because one can’t know Morocco without an understanding of life in its villages. Around the world,
Journalists from Cameroon, Mexico, Thailand, and Yemen were honored at the Committee to Protect Journalists’ 27th annual International Press Freedom Awards for courageous work amid risks such as imprisonment, threats, and exile. — Committee to Protect Journalists
Thai reporter Pravit Rojanaphruk, faces sedition charges for his critical reporting on Thailand’s junta.
Ahmed Abba, a Cameroon correspondent for Radio France Internationale, has been imprisoned since 2015 on terrorism charges for his reporting.
From university protests against tuition costs to the popularity of indigenous plants instead of water intensive lawns, reporting from students on our study abroad journalism program in South Africa provides an amazing glimpse into life in this fascinating country. Here’s a sample of our stories as they reached huge audiences in the South Africa. Happy reading and look for the students’ major feature stories in US outlets coming soon.
Greetings from Rabat, Morocco where I am with 15 eager American students and Aida Alami (photo), a contributor to the New York Times (Aida is also on Round Earth’s Advisory Board). We’re here this week helping the students polish their pitches before they and their Moroccan partners embark on 5 weeks of field reporting.
Quick message this week. I just landed in Morocco, and am now in the Sahara on my way to meet with students on our program here.
It’s always so rewarding to work with these enthusiastic young American journalists and their Moroccan partners. More from me next week!
With warm regards,
Here’s how it happened for the Cambodia Daily.
On Sunday, September 3rd, the leader of the opposition party was arrested in the middle of the night, charged with treason, and taken to a remote prison. The following edition of the paper carried the headline “Descent into outright dictatorship,” above the fold. At the bottom was an article titled “Cambodia Daily faces immediate closure amidst threats.” That was the last issue.
(Click on the photo above for “The Devastating Shutdown of the Cambodia Daily”