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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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We’re on the ground in Haiti

October 20, 2017

Journalists Amy Bracken (American) and Michel Joseph (Haitian), along with Haitian photographer, Edine Celestin, started work together this week, the first team reporting for Round Earth Media’s project on inequality in Haiti.

Reeling from natural disasters, bitterly divided over politics and still struggling with a colonial past, Haiti appears to be trapped in a self-destructive spiral. Out of the limelight, however, people work to rebuild their lives with ingenuity and a dogged refusal to be left behind.

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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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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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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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Fearless

April 5, 2017

The foreign editor at a major national newspaper recently asked for a column about young journalists who inspire me.  There are many but none more than the Indonesian, Febriana Firdaus.

When Western journalists parachute into a country for a week of reporting, they contact journalists like Firdaus who give them story ideas, sources and generally work as a “fixer” (usually without a byline or fair financial compensation). We’re out to change that.  It’s our model to pair a Western journalist with a journalist from the country where the story is taking place to work together inequal partnership. 

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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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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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Back from South Africa!

June 10, 2016

Back from South Africa with partnerships in place for an exciting new journalism program

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That’s Round Earth editor Beverley Abel and me meeting at the Times Media Group’s office in Cape Town. For the first time, Round Earth is working on a project that will embed our journalism students within a newspaper in-country. We plan to partner students from US colleges and universities with early-career reporters at the Times’ offices in Cape Town and Johannesburg to work together on under reported stories.

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Greetings from South Africa

May 27, 2016

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

I’m delighted to be writing from South Africa where I will be spending the next few weeks finalizing plans for an exciting new Round Earth project here, another collaboration with SIT Study Abroad. I’m accompanied by Round Earth editor

5a864521-200c-4921-a679-96c32f239a19Beverley Abel, who hails from South Africa, and Imraan Buccus, the SIT Study Abroad Academic Director for “Social and Political Transformation.” Among other things, we’re meeting with editors at The Times Media Group,

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