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Syria Explained

April 21, 2017

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Syria Explained


Don’t miss this excellent video “explainer” on the war in Syria from VOX.  Click on the image above for the video.
I’d like to hear from you!  What did you read/hear/watch this week that’s not to be missed?

Warmest regards,
Mary

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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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Fearless

April 5, 2017

The foreign editor at a major national newspaper recently asked for a column about young journalists who inspire me.  There are many but none more than the Indonesian, Febriana Firdaus.

When Western journalists parachute into a country for a week of reporting, they contact journalists like Firdaus who give them story ideas, sources and generally work as a “fixer” (usually without a byline or fair financial compensation). We’re out to change that.  It’s our model to pair a Western journalist with a journalist from the country where the story is taking place to work together inequal partnership. 

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Finding Solutions

March 27, 2017

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 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

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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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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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Only 32% of Americans Trust the Media

October 14, 2016

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“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’

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THE CAMPAIGN and JOURNALISTS

July 25, 2016

THE CAMPAIGN
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JOURNALISTS

With all eyes on the Republican convention this week, it seems important to ask: What role did journalists play in launching the candidacy of Donald Trump?  A huge role, according to a new study from Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. You can read the report here.  It concludes:

“Trump is arguably the first bona fide media-created presidential nominee.  Although he subsequently tapped a political nerve, journalists fueled his launch.” 

The journalists at Round Earth aren’t covering the campaign directly (our mission is to report from outside the US or in the US on issues like immigration that have an international connection). 

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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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