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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!

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Are journalists being watched?

May 18, 2018

We are, according to a report in Forbes:

The United States government, traditionally one of the bastions of press freedom, is about to compile a list of professional journalists and “top media influencers,” … and monitor what they’re putting out to the public.

And that’s not all.  Forbes goes on.Last October, an Indiana lawmaker proposed that journalists be licensed. Representative Jim Lucas’s bill was mostly a publicity stunt, but could this DHS action be a way for the government to keep track of American and foreign journalists as well as “citizen journalists,”

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I was heartbroken….

May 11, 2018

“I was heartbroken, and I was scared, and I had no idea if I was doing the right thing.”  ~Ronan Farrow


And yet, despite the threats, the doubts, and the lack of support, Farrow kept reporting the story that earned him a shared Pulitzer Prize, exposing allegations of sexual assault by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.  In an emotional speech to the graduating class at Loyola Marymount University, Farrow revealed the doubts that plagued him —

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THIS is partnership

March 30, 2018

Hello everyone from Morocco!

Please meet reporting partners Joe Held and Soukaina Zaida – just one of our amazing student pairs.  I’ve been in Morocco this week working with Joe and Soukaina — and all of our students journalism partners  —  helping shape their next 5 weeks of reporting.  I am simply astounded at their intelligence, hard work, commitment, critical thinking, and enthusiasm.

On all of our projects and programs we partner an American with his or her in-country counterpart. 

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Keeping Bias Out

March 16, 2018


How do you keep bias out of stories?

That’s one question readers asked ProPublica Illinois, a regional affiliate of it’s parent non-profit, ProPublica, an acclaimed news organization producing investigative journalism.

“In what is a particularly turbulent time for the press, many of us in journalism have come to realize the public doesn’t necessarily know as much about the way we go about our jobs as we may think,”wrote ProPublica Illinois editor-in-chief Louis Kiernan,

So ProPublica Illinois is asking for readers’ questions. 

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You’ll Want to Learn More

March 9, 2018

In just two days, 14 thousand people viewed a post from our recent Round Earth reporting trip to Haiti. Why did Round Earth journalist Aida Alami’s reflections go viral?  Well, as Mira Kamdar, a former editorial writer for the New York Times, posted on Twitter: “Beautiful report on what a reporter learned and how deeply she was moved on a first trip to Haiti.  You will want to learn more.”

Aida begins with Haitian writer Edwidge Danticat, a finalist for this year’s National Book Critics Circle Award.

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Greetings from India

March 2, 2018

Hello everyone,

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,

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Villages Matter

February 16, 2018

Julian Harris, an SIT student on our 2013 journalism program in Morocco, plays with his baby host brother as he waits for lunch in Birta Village, part of Sbaa Rouadi Commune in the Boulmane region near Fez. Photo Mark Minton

Our program in Morocco is based in Rabat, the capital, but our students spend 5 days — or more — in a village living with local families. Why?  Because one can’t know Morocco without an understanding of life in its villages.   Around the world,

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Fleeing for their lives

February 9, 2018

There are few havens


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.

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Dark Days

February 2, 2018

With light from Round Earth

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.

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Glimpse Life in South Africa

December 8, 2017


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.

Capetown Residents Digging Up their Lawns

Protesting UCT Students Won’t Back Down

One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure

That Parking Lot was my Home

Give Time not Money to Charity

Lucrative Deals Flooding into the Western Cape

Funeral Parlors Operate Illegally

Sex Education Video Targets Teens

What Bird Flu has to do with the Price of Eggs

Police Net Abalone Smugglers

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