Round Earth Media

Competition or Collaboration?

October 6, 2017
As a young reporter, I was attracted to work in  Minneapolis-St Paul by the intense competition between two award-winning daily newspapers and renowned TV newsrooms.  That competition produced great journalism and an unusually well-informed citizenry.  (That’s a very young Mary Stucky on deadline, checking the clock at the 1984 Democratic National Convention.)

Throughout the country, great American news outlets thrived for decades in productive competition until the Internet disrupted the advertising and subscription model that had long supported journalism.   Since then, more and more news organizations have embraced collaboration.

Round Earth was an early adopter. For years, we’ve collaborated with major media outlets — in the US and abroad — helping these outlets, some of the best in the business,  provide the international news and information readers, listeners and viewers demand.   And we’re not alone. Where once there was intense competition, there is — increasingly — collaboration.

A recent case in point — this article, a collaboration between The New Yorker, ProPublica (a non-profit producer of investigative jouranlism) and WNYC (the public radio station in New York City).  Even more dramatic — last year’s so-called Panama Papers investigation, from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and more than 100 other news organizations 

The need for reliable, ethical, deeply-reported investigative and explanatory journalism has not changed.    And so now, if we can no longer produce it alone, many of us will produce it together.

With warm regards,


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