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Greetings from India where I am vacationing (OK, also working) for a few weeks and just now got strong enough Internet to send this weekly newsletter. Next stop: Morocco where I’ll be helping our students prepare their story ideas.
As many of you know, our unique method means stories have two reporters: one from the United States and the other from the country where the story happens. Our student partners are no exception. These young reporters, with mentoring from Round Earth’s experienced editors,
The number of journalists killed in Mexico reached an all-time high last year, making our neighbor to the south one of the deadliest places in the world to work as a journalist. Many Mexican journalists, facing death threats for their reporting, have had no choice but to flee for their lives, according to a recent story in the Los Angeles Times.
There are no good options for Mexican journalists on the run.
The International Reporting Project just shut down. For 20 years IRP was a premier independent non-profit funding international journalism. 651 IRP-funded journalists have reported from 115 countries, producing important, under-covered stories mostly from the developing world. No official reason was given for the decision but it’s reported that IRP was out of money. The community of international journalists — mostly freelancers these days — is devastated by this loss with many journalists saying IRP is where they were able to get funding for some of their most important work.
A 2014 Pew study found that the number of foreign correspondents working for American newspapers dropped by almost a quarter in 10 years. The same study estimated that network coverage of foreign news in 2013 was less than half of what it was in the late 1980s.
And those numbers predate the presidential election in 2016, when American coverage became even more internally focused. According to a study by Harvard University in 2017, 41 percent of news stories in American media during U.S.
From university protests against tuition costs to the popularity of indigenous plants instead of water intensive lawns, reporting from students on our study abroad journalism program in South Africa provides an amazing glimpse into life in this fascinating country. Here’s a sample of our stories as they reached huge audiences in the South Africa. Happy reading and look for the students’ major feature stories in US outlets coming soon.
When we partnered Francisco Rodriguez (left) and Giovanna Dell’Orto (center) on our Migration Reporting Project in Guatemala a few years ago, it was only the beginning.
Francisco and Giovanna have kept in touch and, earlier this month, Giovanna hosted a conference in Minneapolis (flyer), which brought together journalists covering refugees and migration from all over the world. Of course, she invited Francisco, which gave me the chance to finally meet him in person. We reflected upon the way in which our project changed his thinking about journalism.
Greetings from Rabat, Morocco where I am with 15 eager American students and Aida Alami (photo), a contributor to the New York Times (Aida is also on Round Earth’s Advisory Board). We’re here this week helping the students polish their pitches before they and their Moroccan partners embark on 5 weeks of field reporting.
Quick message this week. I just landed in Morocco, and am now in the Sahara on my way to meet with students on our program here.
It’s always so rewarding to work with these enthusiastic young American journalists and their Moroccan partners. More from me next week!
With warm regards,
Journalists Amy Bracken (American) and Michel Joseph (Haitian), along with Haitian photographer, Edine Celestin, started work together this week, the first team reporting for Round Earth Media’s project on inequality in Haiti.
Reeling from natural disasters, bitterly divided over politics and still struggling with a colonial past, Haiti appears to be trapped in a self-destructive spiral. Out of the limelight, however, people work to rebuild their lives with ingenuity and a dogged refusal to be left behind.