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Working for a Better World

April 17, 2017

Years ago, in preparation for spending 6 months on assignment in Bolivia, I read a magnificent book byWilliam Powers:Whispering in the Giant’s Ear: A Frontline Chronicle from Bolivia’s War on Globalization (2006). Little did I know that, during my stay in Cochabamba, I would become friends with Melissa Draper and that Melissa and Bill would marry years later.  It is a small world!

Today, I received an email from Bill — he’s working on a new book and shared the draft manuscript with me. 

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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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“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.

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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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Our work is so important

November 11, 2016

Greetings from me and another terrific group of young journalists in Morocco!

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Like all of you, we’ve spent the days since the election trying to understand what it means for our country and our world. One thing we know for sure: Round Earth Media’s work and mission is more important than ever before. At a time of diminished international coverage, when many media outlets value sensation and speed, Round Earth Media is cultivating the next generation of global journalists to produce comprehensive,

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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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A Revolutionary Gift

October 28, 2016

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Hello everyone… Round Earth friend and supporter Nancy Fushan filling in this week for Mary.

My father was born on Pine Street in downtown Philadelphia, just blocks from where Benjamin Franklin turned a failing newspaper—The Pennsylvania Gazette—into one of the colonies’ most-read and profitable publications! Franklin’s civic activism would bring about the nation’s first volunteer fire station, the Philadelphia public library, and the University of Pennsylvania. So my father probably absorbed Franklin’s wisdom by just breathing the air or drinking the water in his neighborhood.

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The High Road

September 10, 2016

Hi everyone. This is Nancy Fushan with you again this week while Mary Stucky takes some time “off the grid.”

Maybe it’s the sour tone of this year’s election news. Or maybe it’s the number of the recent issues that raise questions about media ethics in the 24 x 7 news cycle. At any rate, I found myself heartened the other day when I came across the Society of Professional Journalists’ (SPJ) 2016 Ethics in Journalism Awards.

SPJ recognized three Associated Press reporters,

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Conflict Reporters Without Health Insurance

August 12, 2016

To my friends and the friends of Round Earth,

As you know, many of the journalists who bring us our international news and information are freelancers these days.  Freelancers like James Foley (photo left) who was killed by ISIS in Syria in August 2014.  Freelancers who personally absorb the risk of their jobs, working without regular salaries — even without health insurance and medivac coverage.

Round Earth Advisory Board Member Mike Hartung is leading our efforts to work with like-minded organizations with the goal of attracting interest from insurers who could offer enhanced coverage for global freelancers at competitive prices. 

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