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Round Earth Media

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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“I want us to pay better attention to the world.”

February 26, 2016

Kiannah Sepeda-Miller, a student on our journalism study abroad program in Morocco.

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A caravan of camels carries our students across the Merzouga dunes in the Moroccan Sahara.
Here’s Kiannah, writing in her student newspaper, The Knox Student:”It’s an embarrassing privilege that we (Americans) get by thinking so little of a world that cannot afford to ignore us. My program [the SIT Study Abroad/Round Earth Media journalism program in Morocco] spent a night at a college dormitory in Ouarzazate with a large group of Moroccan women who knew the lyrics to Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” far better than we did — and most of them didn’t speak English.

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Ishan Thakore reported with Round Earth and SIT from Morocco: Now what’s he up to?

January 12, 2016

Ishan Thakore, 23, is the kid in school that everyone knows will go on to do great things. He is a student of public policy who also focuses on global health and journalism. His name hints at a South Asian heritage, he likes to play tennis, read, watch movies, and run. He has a tendency to try new things and fall in love with them like the time he took a writing course sophomore year of college and then signed up for Morocco: Field Studies in Journalism and New Media,

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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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