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Protection or Plunder?

June 1, 2018

Perhaps you’ve seen or heard it —  the New York Times‘ new series and podcast called
The Caliphate.   The series follows reporter Rukmini Callimachi as she reports on the Islamic State (ISIS).  It’s been getting a lot of attention.  And, it’s raised some important ethical questions for journalists.  Here’s Maryam  Saleh, story editor for The Intercept:

The New York Times published an investigation of ISIS last month based on files reporter Rukmini Callimachi removed from Iraq,

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Our Hearts are Broken

May 19, 2017

Broken for Mexico, the country where Round Earth Media got its start and where we work with brave Mexican journalists who risk their lives just doing their jobs.  Perhaps the bravest of them all was Javier Valdez, murdered this week near the office of the newspaper he founded, presumably by drug dealers unhappy with his reporting.

“Where I work, Culiacán, in the state of Sinaloa, Mexico, it is dangerous to be alive, and to do journalism is to walk on an invisible line drawn by the bad guys —

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The price of fear

March 19, 2015

The article and photos were originally published with Vice.

January 26, 2015

by Germán Andino

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Sagrario waits for us in the darkness of her room in a neighborhood market in Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras. She prays for our lives and asks God that our meeting is fruitful while hiding her legs, numb from polio, under a cushion. Her sister, who will be present throughout the interview,

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WOW! Look what's happening at Round Earth!

April 1, 2014

Round Earth’s Documentary

Willing to Break

A Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival Official Selection 

Monday, April 14, 7:00 pm 


Willing to Break explores the life of the only veiled break-dancer in Morocco and her perseverance in a counterculture dominated by men.
This film was produced and directed by a trio of impressive young journalists — Americans Sutton Raphael and JP Keenan in partnership with their Moroccan colleague Loubna Fouzar.  

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More Real? Art in the Age of Truthiness

May 31, 2013

It’s been more than a decade since the U.S. invasion of Iraq and, with the country still engulfed in violence, it can be hard to remember how it all began.  U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell spoke before the UN Security Council in 2003, describing what he said was Saddam Hussein’s secret weapons program.

“We have firsthand descriptions of biological weapons factories on wheels and on rails,” said Powell. “The trucks and train cars are easily moved and are designed to evade detection by inspectors.”

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An Orchestra of Guns

March 19, 2013

The United States and Mexico share deep personal, economic, geographic and cultural connections, but understanding — on both sides of the border — is often limited by stereotype and media exaggeration.  Round Earth Media is out to change that.

We launched in 2005, with a bounty of stories from Mexico, supported by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Now, in a groundbreaking new collaboration and with generous support from the John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation, Round Earth Media is pairing young American and Mexican journalists,

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Transforming Guns into Musical Instruments

February 19, 2013

Mexico City artist Pedro Reyes is in the process of converting thousands of narco gang weapons seized by the government into musical instruments.  Mexican reporter Omar Sanchez de Tagle, paired with American reporter Marlon Bishop, produced this story as part of Round Earth’s Mexico Reporting Project.  Omar’s story appears in Animal Politico, a major Mexican investigative news website.

To read this powerful story in Spanish, view photos and a video, click HERE.

Our untold stories,

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Mexico's Drug War Is Changing Childhood

November 28, 2012

Mexico’s violent drug war has gotten a lot of sensational attention in U.S. media but there’s been very little attention paid to the effect of this unrelenting violence on Mexico’s children.  Round Earth Media’s Mexico Reporting Project is dedicated to reporting important, untold stories from Mexico, like this one from Annie Murphy which was broadcast on NPR’s  All Things Considered. CLICK HERE to listen to Annie’s powerful story about the ways in which violence is dramatically changing what it’s like to be a kid in Mexico.

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November 8, 2012


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Round Earth’s Mexico Reporting Project: Isabella Cota and Annie Murphy reporting in Mexico

The U.S. and Mexico share deep personal, economic, geographic and cultural connections, but our understanding of Mexico is often limited by stereotype and media exaggeration. This fall, Round Earth Media is pairing young American and Mexican journalists,

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Salvadoran Killed While Waiting On US Immigration Papers

October 6, 2012

Some years ago, Charlie Garcia came to the United States illegally and married an American citizen. Then the Salvadoran decided to try to legalize his immigration status. He went back to El Salvador to file his paperwork, as required. Tragically, he was killed there, waiting for his paperwork to come through.

This story was broadcast in English on National Public Radio in the United States and in Spanish in El Salvador in ContraPunto.

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