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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.
For more than 7 years, we’ve run a journalism program from Morocco, striving to uncover the truth about a country most tourists will never see. Here’s Anna Jacobs, the previous Academic Director on our program (for her entire piece click on the image above):
Morocco is ranked as one of the weakest countries in the Middle East and North Africa, just ahead of war-torn Yemen and Syria.
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,
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,
Greetings from Rabat, Morocco where I am with 15 eager American students and Aida Alami (photo), a contributor to the New York Times (Aida is also on Round Earth’s Advisory Board). We’re here this week helping the students polish their pitches before they and their Moroccan partners embark on 5 weeks of field reporting.
Quick message this week. I just landed in Morocco, and am now in the Sahara on my way to meet with students on our program here.
It’s always so rewarding to work with these enthusiastic young American journalists and their Moroccan partners. More from me next week!
With warm regards,
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,
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,
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.