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Gold Mining in Ghana: Playing with Mercury

November 8, 2013

NESTLED in a former cocoa-farming region in southwestern Ghana, the town of Prestea boasts more than 150 small-scale gold mines in the backyards of abandoned farms. The town, with a population of about 35,000, also sits covered in permanent smog—a red dust that stains white goats crimson. It is the result of lethal mercury, on which miners all over Ghana rely to refine their gold. In Prestea, where gravediggers are in greater supply than doctors, death from mercury poisoning is routine.

Thus begins Maddy Crowell’s powerful story in the Economist Magazine

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Mexico Uncovered: Untold Stories from the Mexico You Don't Know

September 17, 2013

danielHosted by Mexican-American journalist Daniel Hernandez, a regular on Latino USA and the author of Down and Delirious in Mexico City, which chronicles his move from San Diego to Mexico City.

The New Yorker says Daniel finds the unexpected , original,  and mysterious.

Now that’s Mexico Uncovered.  Listen here for a sample!

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Next Gen Journalist Partners in Italy: McKay and Baggi

August 6, 2013

If I want to be taken seriously as a journalist, never tell an editor that I want to change the world.  That’s advice from a former journalist from the German newspaper Die Zeit who visited Mount Holyoke (my alma mater) last year. Moreover, she suggested that if I wanted to have real impact, instead of journalism, I should go into policy advising or NGO work, as she has now done.

I think she’s wrong.

From Round Earth's Next Gen Journalists in Ghana

July 15, 2013

Maddy Crowell and Jamila Okertchiri are partners on a Round Earth Media reporting project in Ghana.  Crowell is an alumnus of Round Earth’s journalism program in Morocco, in collaboration with SIT Study Abroad, and will be a senior at Carleton College.  Okertchiri is a talented early-career Ghanaian journalist, a reporter for Ghana’s Daily Guide where Crowell is also working this summer.  Round Earth’s veteran journalists are mentoring this pair and just received the following from Crowell.

Slowly waking up with the rising sun,

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The Latest from Round Earth Co-founder Mary Losure

June 24, 2013

By Zanna McKay

Round Earth Media co-founder Mary Losure is adding award-winning narrative nonfiction for children to her list of accomplishments.  Staying true to Round Earth’s commitment to pursuing untold stories around the globe, Losure’s books for children are unique, eye-opening true tales forged form solid, on-the-ground reporting.  Losure is the author of Wild Boy: The Real Life of the Savage of Aveyron (Candlewick, 2013) and The Fairy Ring, or Elsie and Frances Fool the World (Candlewick,

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Morocco Slow on Women's Rights: More from Round Earth's NextGen Journalists

June 4, 2013

The girl at the police station in Marrakesh said she was not sure how old she was, 13 or maybe 14. Sitting on a chair in the unit that processes youth cases, she told a chilling account of being gang raped, and said she had no relatives willing to shelter her.

That’s the reality for many women in Morocco, according to a story in The New York Times produced in collaboration with Round Earth Media.  Grad student and Round Earth Media NextGen American reporter,

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More Real? Art in the Age of Truthiness

May 31, 2013

It’s been more than a decade since the U.S. invasion of Iraq and, with the country still engulfed in violence, it can be hard to remember how it all began.  U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell spoke before the UN Security Council in 2003, describing what he said was Saddam Hussein’s secret weapons program.

“We have firsthand descriptions of biological weapons factories on wheels and on rails,” said Powell. “The trucks and train cars are easily moved and are designed to evade detection by inspectors.”

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An Orchestra of Guns

March 19, 2013

The United States and Mexico share deep personal, economic, geographic and cultural connections, but understanding — on both sides of the border — is often limited by stereotype and media exaggeration.  Round Earth Media is out to change that.

We launched in 2005, with a bounty of stories from Mexico, supported by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Now, in a groundbreaking new collaboration and with generous support from the John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation, Round Earth Media is pairing young American and Mexican journalists,

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Soultana: ‘The Voice of Women’ Raps in Morocco

February 22, 2013

This week marks the two-year anniversary of Morocco’s version of the so-called Arab Spring. It didn’t unseat a dictator. But, tens of thousands of Moroccans took to the streets demanding democracy. Morocco’s powerful King diffused the protest by offering a few reforms. But little has changed for most Moroccans – especially the country’s young people. Many have found their voice in rap music.  From Morocco on The World, with stunning photos by student photojournalist Shalea Harris.  The latest from Round Earth Media’s groundbreaking collaboration with SIT Study Abroad.  

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Transforming Guns into Musical Instruments

February 19, 2013

Mexico City artist Pedro Reyes is in the process of converting thousands of narco gang weapons seized by the government into musical instruments.  Mexican reporter Omar Sanchez de Tagle, paired with American reporter Marlon Bishop, produced this story as part of Round Earth’s Mexico Reporting Project.  Omar’s story appears in Animal Politico, a major Mexican investigative news website.

To read this powerful story in Spanish, view photos and a video, click HERE.

Our untold stories,

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