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Sexism in Newsrooms

August 26, 2016

Sexism in Newsrooms

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,

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What’s Missing From Journalism?

August 20, 2016

Mother Jones Magazine (MoJo) published a blockbuster investigation of private prisons this summer — to huge impact. A dozen MoJo’s staffers worked on this story for 18 months.

The cost?  $350,000.
(Banner ads that appeared in the story brought in just $5,000, according to Mojo.)

This is not news to us at Round Earth.

Our Peabody Award winning project (funded largely by the MacArthur Foundation) cost $300,000 over 2 years.  Foundations support MoJo, too,

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Conflict Reporters Without Health Insurance

August 12, 2016

To my friends and the friends of Round Earth,

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. 

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Meet Abdelqadir Fassouk

July 30, 2016

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.” 

Last week,

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July 25, 2016


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). 

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Fairness in Foreign Reporting

July 15, 2016

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 obituary in The Times. The obituary goes on to say that Schanberg considered his many awards,

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What Path is Best?

July 9, 2016

Is Bigger the Best Path
to Development?


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,

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An explanation!

July 1, 2016

Some of Our Journalists are Students

Hello to my friends and the friends of Round Earth Media,

Some of you have been asking — so you work with students? Well, not only students but mentoring, training and supporting student journalists is indeed one of the most rewarding – and groundbreaking – aspects of our work. Here’s an explanation.


Journalists we mentor, train and support are all under the age of 35. Some of those journalists have been working for years —

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By Popular Demand

June 24, 2016

By Popular Demand


I’ve been asked for this — so here goes!

On the evening of May 18th, I was in Chicago for an event at the Museum of Contemporary Art where the MacArthur Foundation announced it’s expanded commitment to journalism and independent media, a commitment that includes 5 years of general operating support for Round Earth Media.

I joined Raney Aronson of FRONTLINE, Tabitha Jackson of the Sundance Film Festival’s documentary unit, and Cathy Cohen of The Black Youth Project for a conversation about the vital role of public and independent media‬ (moderated by Hari Sreenivasan of PBS NewsHour).

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Back from South Africa!

June 10, 2016

Back from South Africa with partnerships in place for an exciting new journalism program


That’s Round Earth editor Beverley Abel and me meeting at the Times Media Group’s office in Cape Town. For the first time, Round Earth is working on a project that will embed our journalism students within a newspaper in-country. We plan to partner students from US colleges and universities with early-career reporters at the Times’ offices in Cape Town and Johannesburg to work together on under reported stories.

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