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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, storytelling, and civic media in fostering a more informed electorate and shaping a more inclusive public discourse.

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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, how it’s made,

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Can you imagine?

April 8, 2016

A radio station in Chiapas, Mexico is holding a panel discussion about migration — in the Chol (Maya) language — after every episode of our radio series, Vidas Cruzadas. This is the power of Round Earth Media.

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Vidas Cruzadas is our 8 part Spanish language radio series running on stations in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Costa Rica. It’s a groundbreaking accomplishment. Some of these radio stations don’t have Internet and the show is taken out to them by CD.

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Cuba Organics: Moringa anyone?

March 18, 2016

Round Earth Media Exclusive
Cuba, Organics and US Farmers

When third-generation farmer Rick Roth envisions the possible end of the long U.S. trade embargo on Cuba, just across the Florida straits, he sees potential competition. And he worries about diseases, pests and invasive species.

While many U.S. agricultural producers and businesses are eager to start exporting to Cuba, Florida farmers say the Obama administration’s plan to allow Cuban imports threatens their $8 billion a year business.

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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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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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“Hey hey, ho ho, reporters have got to go!”

November 10, 2015

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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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