?>
Round Earth Media

Looking for a story?

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!

Visit the Archive

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.

Read More

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 —

Read More

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. 

Read More

Who’s Covering the World?

February 3, 2017

The New York Times now has more reporters covering the White House than ever in its 150 year-plus history.  The Washington Post has put 30% more reporters on the White House beat and will soon have a “far larger” congressional team, according to National Director Scott Wilson.

With this understandable and important emphasis on Washington, it’s likely that fewer staff reporters will be covering the every-day issues that affect the daily lives of millions of people around the world. 

Read More

“A Gut Check Moment?”

January 27, 2017

In more than 35 years as a journalist, I can’t recall a front page headline in a respected newspaper with this explosive 3-letter word.

This headline in Monday’s New York Times was not on an opinion piece or editorial.  It was the front page headline on a news story.

Lie.  It’s a word that doesn’t bother former CBS news anchor, Dan Rather.

“When something is, in fact, a demonstrable lie, it is our responsibility to say so.

Read More

Telling Real News From Fake

December 2, 2016

Many students on our journalism study abroad programs go on to careers as professional reporters and photojournalists.
But, many others do not.
And that’s okay.
Why?

 

Because every student leaves our programs as a more discerning consumer of news and information.

They’ve learned what it takes to produce ethical journalism at the highest levels of the profession. 

They’ve learned how to to tell fake news from real.

Read More

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.

unnamed

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. 

Read More

Thank you!

November 18, 2016

Thank you!

From all of us at Round Earth Media to all of you who supported our work yesterday via Give to the Max!
Your support will put more young journalists into the field to do difficult, sometimes dangerous, always important reporting. Plane tickets. Experienced mentoring. Finding stories that need to be told and crucially, connecting our reporters to the most prestigious media outlets.

Heartfelt thanks for YOUR generous gifts to Round Earth Media.

If you didn’t give yesterday,

Read More

So worthy of your support!

November 7, 2016

be47e8e4-6d0d-4d5d-99ce-91c5d5a66444

I met Yasmine Ryan a few months ago, when she arrived in the US on a World Press Institute  (WPI)Fellowship. (WPI, is a terrific nonprofit organization that brings journalists from abroad to the US on nine week fellowships.) Like many journalists covering the world today, Yasmine has primarily worked as a freelancer.  Hers was the first feature story on what was to become the Arab Spring to appear in any English-language media outlet.  I am inspired by the dedication of the next generation of young journalists like Yasmine. 

Read More

Only 32% of Americans Trust the Media

October 14, 2016

unnamed-1

“Americans’ trust and confidence in the mass media ‘to report the news fully, accurately and fairly’ has dropped to its lowest level in Gallup polling history, with 32% saying they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media. This is down eight percentage points from last year.”

This Gallup poll — released last month — proposes some possible reasons for the dramatic decline in trust:

“The divisive presidential election this year may be corroding Americans’

Read More

Page 1 of 3123