I’m back from several weeks without Internet — much of that time backpacking deep in the wilderness in Yosemite. I’m renewed, energized, and have really enjoyed catching up on the newsletters Nancy Fushan sent while I was away. Hope you enjoyed them, too! I’m turning this week’s newsletter over, again — this time to one of our young journalists, Sutton Raphael (photo here). As you know, we work with student and early career journalists — our students are affiliated with SIT Study Abroad in Morocco,
Hello again. Nancy Fushan blogging while Mary is away.
Last week we began to look at media ethics through the challenges of our peer journalism organizations. This week we drill down a bit and talk with Round Earth Media board member Ron Henkoff (photo left), who’s leading an effort to refine our own Ethics Policy. Ron has been an editor for Newsweek, Fortune, and Bloomberg Markets, a global business publication with readers in 150 countries.
Hi everyone. This is Nancy Fushan with you again this week while Mary Stucky takes some time “off the grid.”
Maybe it’s the sour tone of this year’s election news. Or maybe it’s the number of the recent issues that raise questions about media ethics in the 24 x 7 news cycle. At any rate, I found myself heartened the other day when I came across the Society of Professional Journalists’ (SPJ) 2016 Ethics in Journalism Awards.
After Roger Ailes stepped down as head of Fox News amid claims of sexual harassment from women he worked with, NPR spoke to news veteran Betsy West (photo above), now a professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Here’s what she had to say:
“It’s going to take having women at the top of these institutions. And if you look at the power structure, I think,
As you know, many of the journalists who bring us our international news and information are freelancers these days. Freelancers like James Foley (photo left) who was killed by ISIS in Syria in August 2014. Freelancers who personally absorb the risk of their jobs, working without regular salaries — even without health insurance and medivac coverage.
Round Earth Advisory Board Member Mike Hartung is leading our efforts to work with like-minded organizations with the goal of attracting interest from insurers who could offer enhanced coverage for global freelancers at competitive prices.
Frustrated with the state of journalism today?
Think journalists are lazy?
Only after a sound-bite?
Or a sensational story?
Please think again.
Meet AbdelqadirFassouk. Part of a tribe of “war journalists intent on ensuring that every conflict is exhaustively documented and publicized,” according to an article in the Columbia Journalism Review which continues:
“Like many of them, he had faced death many times.”
With all eyes on the Republican convention this week, it seems important to ask: What role did journalists play in launching the candidacy of Donald Trump? A huge role, according to a new study from Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. You can read the report here. It concludes:
“Trump is arguably the first bona fide media-created presidential nominee. Although he subsequently tapped a political nerve, journalists fueled his launch.”
The journalists at Round Earth aren’t covering the campaign directly (our mission is to report from outside the US or in the US on issues like immigration that have an international connection).
My reporting could not have been done without him.
Sydney H. Schanberg died on Saturday. He was a correspondent for The New York Times who “won a Pulitzer Prize for covering Cambodia’s fall to the Khmer Rouge in 1975 and inspired the film ‘The Killing Fields’ with the story of his Cambodian colleague’s survival during the genocide of millions,” according to Schanberg’s obituaryin The Times. The obituary goes on to say that Schanberg considered his many awards,
TANGIER, Morocco — At cafés on Tangier’s Mediterranean coast, rows of young Moroccans sit facing the hazy, yet ever present outline of Spain a mere 8.5 miles away. The idea of escaping to Spain is deep-set in Tangier. Stories often surface of overnight boats transporting Moroccan migrants. Some even attempt to swim the distance and drown. Driving this exodus is unemployment in Morocco which stands at close to 40 percent,