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“It can only get worse.”

July 7, 2017

M’HAMID EL GHIZLANE, Morocco — For generations, they were known as “rain nomads,” herders who moved constantly along the western rim of the Sahara Desert in search of a patch of green where their goats and camels could graze.

Then the rain, never plentiful, became even more sporadic. Temperatures got hotter. A dam choked another source of precious water, the Draa River. Not even the camels could endure.

Families whose lives revolved around the seasons and the needs of their livestock,

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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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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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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,

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So worthy of your support!

November 7, 2016

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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. 

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Fairness in Foreign Reporting

July 15, 2016

My reporting could not have been done without him.

Sydney H. Schanberg died on Saturday.  He was a correspondent for The New York Times who “won a Pulitzer Prize for covering Cambodia’s fall to the Khmer Rouge in 1975 and inspired the film ‘The Killing Fields’ with the story of his Cambodian colleague’s  survival during the genocide of millions,” according to Schanberg’s obituary in The Times. The obituary goes on to say that Schanberg considered his many awards,

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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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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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