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What do you think?

June 9, 2017

I recently attended a discussion entitled The First Amendment in the Time of Trump, sponsored by the American Bar Association.   One idea seemed to be on everyone’s mind: the fact that “increasingly, we Americans occupy alternate universes,” as CBS Sunday MorningSenior Contributor Ted Koppel puts it.  What caused this divide?”Rush Limbaugh had a lot to do with creating those two separate worlds. But he couldn’t have done it until 1987, when the Federal Communications Commission did away with the so-called Fairness Doctrine,”

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Our Hearts are Broken

May 19, 2017


Broken for Mexico, the country where Round Earth Media got its start and where we work with brave Mexican journalists who risk their lives just doing their jobs.  Perhaps the bravest of them all was Javier Valdez, murdered this week near the office of the newspaper he founded, presumably by drug dealers unhappy with his reporting.

“Where I work, Culiacán, in the state of Sinaloa, Mexico, it is dangerous to be alive, and to do journalism is to walk on an invisible line drawn by the bad guys —

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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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Finding Solutions

March 27, 2017

Recommended This Week

 As we prepare to launch an exciting new reporting project in Haiti,  I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about what journalists do right — and what they do that is not serving citizens of the United Sates and the world.  My conclusion? We need to go beyond scattershot stories.  We need to provide context.  We need to dig deep into the way in which our systems and policies work against prosperity and dignity for so many people in the United States and the world. 

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Wake Up Mainstream Media!

March 17, 2017

Recommended This Week

Some perspective from this new study* in theColumbia Journalism Review (click on the photo above for the entire report). This is especially important with President Trump’s immigration plan making headline news.

“The right-wing media was able to bring the focus on immigration, Clinton emails, and scandals more generally to the broader media environment. A sentence-level analysis of stories throughout the media environment suggests that Donald Trump’s substantive agenda—heavily focused on immigration and direct attacks on Hillary Clinton—came to dominate public discussions.

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Doing Our Jobs

March 6, 2017

(From “The Truth Is Hard” a new New York Times ad campaign.)

I’ve spent a lot of time over the last 12 years in countries without a free press.  Countries where journalists are intimidated, threatened, jailed and even killed for doing their jobs. As an American journalist, I’ve often reflected on how easy we have it.  Many times I’ve wondered what American journalists would do if they faced even a fraction of what journalists in the countries we cover deal with —

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Best News Sources

February 17, 2017

Greetings from Indonesia

This week, I’m in the world’s largest island country (a mind-boggling 14,000+ islands), making plans for a project we hope to launch next year to cover this important and neglected country, home to 13 percent of the world’s Muslim population.   Almost every major US media outlet used to have a bureau in Jakarta –  the only newspaper left is the Wall Street Journal.   There are magnificent young freelancers here – Americans and Indonesians — eager to work with us. 

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Haiti, Mexico & Our Journalists

December 9, 2016

We’re going back to Mexico

And for the first time to Haiti!

We are very pleased to announce a new Round Earth Media reporting project in Mexico (from the highlands of Chiapas and the Yucatan) along with Haiti, which will be our first time reporting from that country.  This reporting project, supported by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, will focus on racial and gender inequities and will employ our unique partnership model (an American journalist partnered with a journalist from in-country).

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Journalism faces an ‘existential crisis’

November 25, 2016

Journalism faces an ‘existential crisis’

~ Christiane Amanpour

Amanpour, chief international correspondent and anchor at CNN, spoke this week at the annual International Press Freedom Awards dinner of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) which honors courageous journalists from around the world.

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In receiving CPJ’s Burton Benjamin Memorial Award for “extraordinary and sustained achievement in the cause of press freedom,” Amanpour spoke these important and powerful words.  They have particular resonance for all of us at Round Earth Media. 

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