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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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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.


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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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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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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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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Locals say checkpoints along Mexico's southern border mean endless commutes and shake-downs

October 28, 2014


Zahit Salazar rises extra early on the days she goes to market. It used to take the 78-year-old a few hours to get from her house in

Now, it can take all day — because of the checkpoints. She has to pass through at least 10 of them from five different government agencies.

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GLOBAL HIT: B'itzma (Guatemalans Rock for Peace)

December 15, 2008

In Guatemala a majority of the population is Mayan Indian. For centuries they have been excluded from national political and economic life, but today they’re finding their voice in music. One Guatemala rock band called B’itzma (BEETZ-MAH) sings in an indigenous language called Mam. B’itzma, by the way, means “Harmony.” The band has a big following in Guatemala and in the US.

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