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Round Earth Media has supported dozens of journalists who have written hundreds of pieces covering numerous topics in diverse countries. To explore all these stories, visit our archives!

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Working for a Better World

April 17, 2017

Years ago, in preparation for spending 6 months on assignment in Bolivia, I read a magnificent book byWilliam Powers:Whispering in the Giant’s Ear: A Frontline Chronicle from Bolivia’s War on Globalization (2006). Little did I know that, during my stay in Cochabamba, I would become friends with Melissa Draper and that Melissa and Bill would marry years later.  It is a small world!

Today, I received an email from Bill — he’s working on a new book and shared the draft manuscript with me. 

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Finding Solutions

March 27, 2017

Recommended This Week

 As we prepare to launch an exciting new reporting project in Haiti,  I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about what journalists do right — and what they do that is not serving citizens of the United Sates and the world.  My conclusion? We need to go beyond scattershot stories.  We need to provide context.  We need to dig deep into the way in which our systems and policies work against prosperity and dignity for so many people in the United States and the world. 

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Wake Up Mainstream Media!

March 17, 2017

Recommended This Week

Some perspective from this new study* in theColumbia Journalism Review (click on the photo above for the entire report). This is especially important with President Trump’s immigration plan making headline news.

“The right-wing media was able to bring the focus on immigration, Clinton emails, and scandals more generally to the broader media environment. A sentence-level analysis of stories throughout the media environment suggests that Donald Trump’s substantive agenda—heavily focused on immigration and direct attacks on Hillary Clinton—came to dominate public discussions.

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Doing Our Jobs

March 6, 2017

(From “The Truth Is Hard” a new New York Times ad campaign.)

I’ve spent a lot of time over the last 12 years in countries without a free press.  Countries where journalists are intimidated, threatened, jailed and even killed for doing their jobs. As an American journalist, I’ve often reflected on how easy we have it.  Many times I’ve wondered what American journalists would do if they faced even a fraction of what journalists in the countries we cover deal with —

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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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THE CAMPAIGN and JOURNALISTS

July 25, 2016

THE CAMPAIGN
and
JOURNALISTS

With all eyes on the Republican convention this week, it seems important to ask: What role did journalists play in launching the candidacy of Donald Trump?  A huge role, according to a new study from Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. You can read the report here.  It concludes:

“Trump is arguably the first bona fide media-created presidential nominee.  Although he subsequently tapped a political nerve, journalists fueled his launch.” 

The journalists at Round Earth aren’t covering the campaign directly (our mission is to report from outside the US or in the US on issues like immigration that have an international connection). 

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An explanation!

July 1, 2016

Some of Our Journalists are Students

Hello to my friends and the friends of Round Earth Media,

Some of you have been asking — so you work with students? Well, not only students but mentoring, training and supporting student journalists is indeed one of the most rewarding – and groundbreaking – aspects of our work. Here’s an explanation.

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Journalists we mentor, train and support are all under the age of 35. Some of those journalists have been working for years —

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Extraordinary news!

May 18, 2016

Round Earth Media Awarded Unrestricted MacArthur Foundation Support

Minneapolis, May 18, 2106 – Round Earth Media announced today that the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has named it one of 12 journalism nonprofits to receive major unrestricted operating grants, “enabling even more entrepreneurial work that makes available factual reporting, authentic stories, and diverse voices to help inform a robust public civic dialogue,” said MacArthur President Julia Stasch.

Round Earth Media will receive five years of general operating support totaling $500,000.

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Chicago Friends! Making Sense of the Noise

May 15, 2016

An invitation especially for our Chicago area friends

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Please join me and some of the most esteemed names in public media

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May 18, 2016

5:15 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Museum of Contemporary Art
Edlis Neeson Theater
220 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago

You are invited to a lively conversation about the role of nonprofit journalism,

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A film you won’t want to miss!

April 15, 2016

Twin Cities friends:
A film you won’t want to miss!
By 2050, the world population is expected to grow to ten billion people.

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As part of the Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival, Round Earth Media,  along with Common Harvest Farm and GYST Fermentation Bar, is sponsoring this timely documentary which confronts the important choices we make every day about the food we eat—where it comes from,

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