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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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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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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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“Do you think your paper has the resources to take that on?”

March 4, 2016

That’s the question the lawyer for the plaintiffs asked the Boston Globe’s investigative reporter in the Academy Award-winning movie, Spotlight.

The reporter’s answer? I do.

If you haven’t watched Spotlight — I encourage you — it’s available for rent online. (Click the image below for this fantastic movie’s trailer).

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In 2002, the Globe’s investigative reporters were given time and resources to expose not only individual priests who abused kids but also the system that covered up the abuse.

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