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With the Arab world erupting in protests, Round Earth Media is back in Morocco re-launching our ground-breaking journalism program in collaboration with SIT Study Abroad.

September 16, 2012

Twelve American journalism students, mentored by Round Earth’s veteran journalists, will spend almost four months in Morocco,  learning from Moroccan experts, academics, and activists while reporting on this country which is being called a “key U.S. ally” in a volatile region.  Some of our students are majoring in journalism, others in academic subjects ranging from geography to philosophy —  all are immersed in life here, living with familes in Rabat’s ancient medina.

What a great time and place to explore issues of free speech,

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Imagine: Worrying that your child could be kidnapped into a gang

August 5, 2012

El Salvador has the world’s second highest murder rate – more than 4,300 murders last year alone. That’s just behind Honduras, its neighbor in Central America. The United States bears some responsibility for this.  Many of these young men (or their parents) fled to the U.S. to escape the war in El Salvador in the 1980s, a war that was financed, in part, by the United States. Some of those young immigrants grew up to be gang members and were deported from the U.S. by the courts,

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El Salvador Claims Violence Decline, Mother Still Looks for Kidnapped Son

July 24, 2012

This story was broadcast in English on National Public Radio in the United States and published in Spanish in El Salvador on the front page of  ContraPunto.  Eric Lemus contributed to the story published in El Salvador.

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| By Ambar Espinoza

El Salvador has the world’s second highest murder rate – more than 4,300 murders last year alone.

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Moroccan women build land rights movement

July 19, 2012

At Round Earth Media, we teach students to produce great journalism about important global issues. But that’s not all. When a student story is exceptionally good, we help students publish and broadcast their stories and photographs in top-tier media – like this story by student Stacy Wheeler, which was published in GlobalPost (with reporting assistance from her Moroccan partner, Oumaima Azzelzouli.

Our pioneering program in Morocco, in partnership with SIT Study Abroad, resulted in student stories placed in major media outlets in the United States.

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Eyewitness Reflections from the Morocco Journalism Program

July 15, 2012

Nancy Fushan has had a long career as an award winning arts journalist and a program officer for major American foundations.  On her first trip to Morocco, Nancy witnessed our innovative new journalism program.  Here is her reflection.

It is 3 p.m. and a dozen American exchange students arrive at Mohammed V University on the outskirts of Rabat, Morocco’s capital city.  They are here on the groundbreaking journalism program, a partnership between Round Earth Media and SIT Study Abroad. For the past week,

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What Makes Countries Rich or Poor?

July 10, 2012

Here’s Round Earth Media intern Emma Foehringer Merchant with more about why some nations fail and others succeed.
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It is blatantly obvious that certain states have had some sort of leg up in becoming world powers. Just what offered these countries their advantage? Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson explain in their book Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty, reviewed by Jared Diamond (author of the best-selling Guns, Germs and Steel) in last month’s New York Review of Books.

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Lesbians in Morocco: Should we stay or should we go?

June 29, 2012

At Round Earth Media, we teach students to produce great journalism about important global issues. But that’s not all. When a student story is exceptionally good, we help students publish and broadcast their stories and photographs in top-tier media – like this story by student Marie von Hafften, which was published in GlobalPost.

Our pioneering program in Morocco, in partnership with SIT Study Abroad, resulted in student stories placed in major media outlets in the United States. Proof positive that undergraduate students can produce journalism of the highest professional and ethical standards,

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Educating the Next Generation of Global Journalists: Meet Our Amazing Students

June 19, 2012

At Round Earth Media, we teach students to produce great journalism about important global issues. But that’s not all. When a student story is exceptionally good, we help students publish and broadcast their stories and photographs in top-tier media – like The New York Times.

Our pioneering program in Morocco, in partnership with SIT Study Abroad, resulted in student stories placed in major media outlets in the United States. Proof positive that undergraduate students can produce journalism of the highest professional and ethical standards,

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In Kenya, U.S. aid groups focus their efforts

Tess Vigeland: Drought and war in the Horn of Africa have left a wide swath of the population there homeless and hungry. The United Nations says some 11 million people need aid to survive. Many of those displaced have headed to Kenya, which itself has deep economic problems. But for all the international aid Kenya has received over the last 30 years, life expectancy there has actually shortened and poverty rates are unchanged.

Mary Stucky reports.

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On the Run in the Sahara, for 153 Miles

Jacqueline Kantor and Kirsten Kortebein, two students on the Round Earth Media/SIT Study Abroad journalism program in Morocco,  published this story and photographs in The New York Times. Kortebein also published her photographs, along with captions by Kantor, in Outside Magazine and Runners World.

Read the The New York Times story here. 

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