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What is happening?

September 15, 2017


In just the past month

Hurricane Harvey inundated Houston
Hurricane Irma slammed into Florida and the Southeastern US
Hurricane Maria pummeled the Caribbean still reeling from Irma
Two earthquakes devastated Mexico
Hurricane Jose still threatens parts of the US

The news is heartbreaking.  Before the advent of the internet and the 24/7 news cycle we didn’t have as much instantaneous news about disasters like these. While we might prefer not know, I don’t think that’s an option.

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We’re Off and Running!

Students just arrived in Morocco & South Africa

What a program! From our very first semester in Morocco (more than 5 years ago), with this story in the New York Times.  To last semester’s reporting for public radio stations nationwide (PRi’s The World).

 

And from South Africa, a great start to the second semester of our new journalism track on a program about political transformation in this fascinating,

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Done with Journalism?

September 8, 2017

Lately, I’m hearing — even from my news junkie friends — that they’re done with journalism.  Tired of reading bad news.  Tired of the shouting.  Tired of news stories that are thin and unsatisfying.  Just tired.

I share these feelings. And yet, I spend almost every day working to produce journalism.  Working with dedicated, ethical, sincere early-career and veteran journalists.

I still have hope for my profession.

The words of John Foley, Executive Director of the California Academy of Sciences,

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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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Consider the 1st Amendment

June 30, 2017

Consider the First Amendment

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

As the 4th of July approaches, I plan to reflect on the importance and wisdom of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  And the way in which independent journalism champions this fundamental right.

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Trust

May 26, 2017


Hello everyone,I’m just back from “Elevate Engagement,” a conference sponsored by the non-profit Journalism That Matters and the Agora Journalism Center at the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication.  What’s one take-home from this conference?  A new understanding about the pervasive lack of trust in journalists.

There are many reasons for this. We journalists have missed essential stories and failed to cover our communities — domestic and global — fairly and adequately. We’ve failed to investigate. To challenge.  And importantly, to shine a light on the good in the world,

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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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