I am thrilled to announce that Round Earth Media is one of just 15 organizations chosen to receive a much-coveted grant from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. This support will allow us to develop and launch a cultural news desk with the goal of illuminating the experiences and lives of US and internationally based Muslim artists.
The abyss that now separates us from each other and even from our own understanding of ourselves has grown wide enough to swallow our decency and civility whole.
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,
Haunted by the suffocating horror and hopelessness he witnessed in Haiti’s national prison, this artist finds solace in his work.
Accused of arson, Paul Junior Casimir spent a year there, awaiting a trial that never was scheduled. He is one of the lucky ones; others have died waiting. Freed only because aid workers recognized his talent and a non-profit organization was willing to work on his case,
The New York Review of Books had the best take I’ve seen on social media’s intrusion into our lives and what we can do about it. Here’s Madeleine Bunting, formerly a journalist at The Guardian and the author of four books, including The Plot: A Biography of an English Acre(2009).
Today, as we grapple with a pervasive new digital culture, attention has become an issue of pressing social concern. Technology provides us with new tools to grab people’s attention.
It may be Wikipedia, the non profit online encyclopedia.
Conspiracy videos posted on YouTube have come under increasing attack. Last month the company CEO announced that Wikipedia content on conspiracy theories will be posted beside videos on those subjects. You may have also noticed that, in an effort to verify news sources, Facebook is now including descriptions of those sources taken from — you guessed it — Wikipedia.
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.
That’s one question readers asked ProPublica Illinois, a regional affiliate of it’s parent non-profit, ProPublica, an acclaimed news organization producing investigative journalism.
“In what is a particularly turbulent time for the press, many of us in journalism have come to realize the public doesn’t necessarily know as much about the way we go about our jobs as we may think,”wrote ProPublica Illinois editor-in-chief Louis Kiernan,
So ProPublica Illinois is asking for readers’ questions.
In just two days, 14 thousand people viewed a post from our recent Round Earth reporting trip to Haiti. Why did Round Earth journalist Aida Alami’s reflections go viral? Well, as Mira Kamdar, a former editorial writer for the New York Times, posted on Twitter: “Beautiful report on what a reporter learned and how deeply she was moved on a first trip to Haiti. You will want to learn more.”
Aida begins with Haitian writer Edwidge Danticat, a finalist for this year’s National Book Critics Circle Award.
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,