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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. And even personally, for me,

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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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Cultural Collaboration: How Round Earth Media reporters get the story

September 12, 2015

Imelda&Devin1Devin and Imelda met in a hotel lobby in Phoenix, one of the few places offering a reprieve from the Arizona August. Apart from the assignment they shared, the Round Earth Media partners didn’t appear to have much in common. Imelda Robles was a print journalist; Devin Browne created stories for the radio. Browne hailed from laid back Los Angeles; Robles called Monterrey, Mexico home.

Their differences showed immediately. Browne was dressed for the triple digit temperatures, American-style—Robles was not.

“[Imelda] showed up in long jeans and high platform heels,

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Alicia Fernandez: Mexican journalist expanding perspectives, including her own

July 30, 2015

Alicia picAlicia Fernández sits in her car, parked somewhere between the two points that anchor her to Juárez, Mexico: her home where she lives with her parents and two sisters, and the offices of El Diaro where she works as an editorial producer. Through her windshield she observes a convenience store, a bridge spanning some distance, and other vehicles, “going one way and another.”

“It’s not a very fun scene, but that’s kind of life,” she says.

Fernández was born and raised in Juárez,

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Conversation with Jimmy Alvarado

May 24, 2015

Jimmy Alvarado: My country is like one of the five most violent countries in the world according to the United Nations. Right now, we are like one of the five places most violent in the world. In this country, there are some places where nothing happens; there is little violence. Last year, those five places didn’t have any homicide. In El Salvador, we have 262 municipalities. Last year we had 50 cities without homicide. We basically picked five cities (they are like villages really) that were in a corridor that connects to Honduras.

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Round Earth Media wins a Peabody Award!

April 20, 2015


Round Earth Media has been awarded a 2014 Peabody for our reporting from Honduras.
In October 2014, after months of intense planning, we sent Marlon Bishop, a brilliant young reporter with Latino USA, to Honduras. His assignment: to investigate why so many Hondurans – more than any other group- were fleeing their country and migrating north.
Staying true to our model of pairing early-career US journalists with their counterparts in the country we’re reporting from, we introduced Marlon to three young Honduran journalists: German Andino,

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An urgency for overseas correspondents

April 3, 2015

As US newsroom budgets shrink, and overseas correspondents are recalled or let go, Round Earth’s ability to get US reporters into the field to bring little-known stories to American audiences is increasingly urgent.

More surprising is the fact that we perform a similar role in the very countries we are report on. Francisco Rodriguez de Leon, a features editor at Guatemala’s El Periodico, recently finished reporting on several issues for Round Earth Media, including the link between school attendance and migration, refugees of rural machismo,

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The price of fear

March 19, 2015

The article and photos were originally published with Vice.

January 26, 2015

by Germán Andino

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Sagrario waits for us in the darkness of her room in a neighborhood market in Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras. She prays for our lives and asks God that our meeting is fruitful while hiding her legs, numb from polio, under a cushion. Her sister, who will be present throughout the interview, is responsible for security here: she came to get us at the neighborhood’s entrance to bring us to the family’s house,

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Hello, I'm Calling From La Mafia

December 19, 2014




By Marlon Bishop

This story originally appeared on the Planet Money podcast Episode 589 on December 12, 2014. Link HERE

Honduras has the highest murder rate in the world. Jobs that seem dull and safe in most countries have become incredibly dangerous professions in Honduras. For example: Driving a bus.

On today’s show: what it’s like to live and work in the most dangerous country in the world.

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Behind the scenes from our journalists in Honduras!

November 21, 2014






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