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Our Legacy

February 8, 2019

Jeanette Lam is our legacy.  The University of Richmond senior sent me an email yesterday that brought tears to my eyes.  Jeanette was a recent student on our program in Morocco (students call it MOJ for short).  She’s given me permission to share her email with all of you.  Here’s Jeanette:

The Morocco program  is one of the most transformative experiences I’ve had. MOJ is a launching pad for young creatives who do not attend schools with a heavy focus on media.

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Journalism Zealot

January 18, 2019

 Allison Shirk Collins
Journalism Zealot

By Ellie Zimmerman

Allison Shirk Collins (at right in the photo in Morocco) called me from her home in Chattanooga, Tennessee on a peaceful Sunday afternoon with her “fur baby,” as she affectionately calls her dog, Ginger, on the couch next to her and her new husband in the kitchen. Collins, 26, is a local business reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press— not the job she might have expected while a journalism student on the SIT Study Abroad/Round Earth Media program in Morocco.

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This place was magical.

January 11, 2019

CASABLANCA—At the edge of the city sits Les Abattoirs, a crumbling cathedral of art-deco architecture that served as the city’s slaughterhouse for more than a century. After the last generation of butchers left in 2002 the nearly 14-acre complex became the unlikely home of a public art movement in a city where art, fighting uphill against a lack of space, funding, and free expression, struggles to be accessible. Les Abattoirs changed that, bringing free performances, workshops, and concerts to the industrial, working-class neighborhood of Hay Mohammadi.

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You’re in for a treat!

December 14, 2018

Hello everyone,

You’re in for a treat!  Please meet Round Earth’s magnificent interns — all from my alma mater, Carleton College.  They decided to ask each other questions — about working at Round Earth, about journalism, and more.   Here they are!

Ellie Zimmerman: I am a sophomore at Carleton College hailing from Washington, DC. I’m probably going to major in either History or Religion, but who’s to say, really?

Where do you get your news?  

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From South Africa

December 7, 2018

Our Amazing Young Journalists

From South Africa via Web Conference

That’s me, very early one morning this week (and a little sleep deprived), connecting with our team in South Africa.  Saam Jalinous is shown here, a student at Wesleyan.  In the audience — our other American journalism students and two of South Africa’s most acclaimed professional journalists (the students’ Round Earth mentors), Martine Barker and Jonathan Ancer.  The students presented their feature stories — and their experiences reporting them —

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Yes, they can!

August 24, 2018

 

It started in April 2012, with this story by a student reporter and photographer, published in The New York Times.   Since then, students in Morocco have been responsible for some of the most important — and consistent — reporting from this neglected region.  Proof positive that journalism students can produce international reporting at the highest levels of the profession.  

Students arrive soon for the fall semester on our journalism programs in Morocco andSouth Africa

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Now More Than Ever

June 22, 2018

A Special Message from
Mary Stucky

We’re half way through the best year ever at Round Earth!  For those of you who support us every year, THANK YOU, and a very special request.

Might you be able to make your annual gift to Round Earth this month or next?  

Donations of any amount mean so much right now as we are about to embark on some important new projects.  Credit card donations are great,

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The Next Generation

June 15, 2018


More than seven years ago, when Round Earth began working in collaboration with SIT Study Abroad on a program in Morocco, journalism as a profession seemed to be in such crisis that many wondered if there would be a next generation of international journalists.  I’m less fearful of that these days.

Trey Strange is a case in point.  He had never been out of the United States when he came to Morocco for our program.  That didn’t deter Trey.  I honestly don’t know when I’ve had a student who was more enthusiastic,

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Our Legacy in Morocco

April 27, 2018

I arrived in Morocco more than 7 years ago, poised for a grand experiment.  Could students studying at US colleges and universities, working with Moroccan student partners, produce journalism of excellence for top global media outlets?  Before that first semester was over, our students had proved that possible by publishing a story in the New York Times.  They’ve gone on to publish and broadcast countless more.  In this time of shuttered foreign news bureaus and the chaos in Washington nudging a lot of foreign coverage off the front page,

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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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