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Dream Teams

November 3, 2017

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.

In the field now, as part of our reporting project in Haiti,are Michel Joseph,

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Greetings from the Sahara

October 27, 2017

Hello to my friends and the friends of Round Earth:

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,
Mary

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Could it happen here?

September 29, 2017

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” 

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We’re Off and Running!

September 15, 2017

Students just arrived in Morocco & South Africa

What a program! From our very first semester in Morocco (more than 5 years ago), with this story in the New York Times.  To last semester’s reporting for public radio stations nationwide (PRi’s The World).

 

And from South Africa, a great start to the second semester of our new journalism track on a program about political transformation in this fascinating,

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Secret to Moroccan Chicken

July 27, 2017

RABAT, Morocco – In the old city of Rabat, traditional Moroccan cooking is not just about fresh and savory ingredients. It’s also about a web of relationships that starts at the market stall and stretches all the way to the dining table.

Although she is just 21 and still a university student, Sarah has formed a web of relations built through cooking: at the market, with the baker at the communal oven, in the kitchen with her mother Rabiaa,

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“It can only get worse.”

July 7, 2017

M’HAMID EL GHIZLANE, Morocco — For generations, they were known as “rain nomads,” herders who moved constantly along the western rim of the Sahara Desert in search of a patch of green where their goats and camels could graze.

Then the rain, never plentiful, became even more sporadic. Temperatures got hotter. A dam choked another source of precious water, the Draa River. Not even the camels could endure.

Families whose lives revolved around the seasons and the needs of their livestock,

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Study: Media slants coverage of Muslim women

May 12, 2017

New Study:
Media slants coverage of Muslim women

This is the conclusion from Rochelle Terman, a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford who conducted a study of New York Times and Washington Post coverage between 1980 and 2014.

Here’s Terman:

Are Muslims inherently misogynist? Many Americans seem to think so.  Public opinion data reveal anxiety about whether Islam is compatible with Western values. A big part of that unease comes from the perception that Muslim societies are sexist and patriarchal….American public opinion about Muslim women’s rights may come in part from an imbalance in media portrayals….U.S.

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Yes, They Can!

April 7, 2017

Student Journalist Emily Rizzo (right) with Ahmed Kathrada and Barbara Hogan

It’s been 5 years since SIT Study Abroad approached me with the idea of starting a journalism program in Morocco.   I agreed — under two conditions.  We use the Round Earth partnership model (an American journalism student partnered with a young journalist from the country). And, we publish the stories in top media outlets–  if they’re good enough.  To their eternal credit, SIT said “Why not?”  But others weren’t so sure. 

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So worthy of your support!

November 7, 2016

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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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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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