Two Next Generation journalists Paulina Yanez Navarro and Nancy Huynh , will be in Mexico with Mary Stucky this month reporting for The World, the World Vision Report and other outlets, part of Round Earth’s project to mentor and help train the next generation of global journalists.
Paulina is from Santiago, Chile and Nancy (left) is from St Paul, Minnesota. Both are students in Hamline University’s groundbreaking international journalism program.
From journalist Ambar Espinoza in El Salvador, the country of her birth:
My family took me to El Puerto de La Libertad, which is a port that was established in 1824. The pier was built in 1829 to export indigo and coffee to Europe and the United States. Ships no longer come to this harbor to load and unload cargo because the pier eventually became too old and antiquated. Now trade takes place at El Puerto de Acajutla, which has a far more sophisticated infrastructure.
How horrifying to live in a country where one must believe these telephone calls and do what the caller demands. The situation is different in Nicaragua where we interviewed former gang members in Managua (photo left). About El Salvador, three essential questions arise.
There has never been a more exciting time to be a young journalist with ambition to cover the world. And never a time more challenging.
News organizations are financially weakened, closing foreign bureaus and refusing to invest in young talent. Round Earth Media invests in global journalism’s next generation — journalists like Ambar Espinoza.
That analogy is being used to describe the state of journalism today. Gutenberg’s invention meant that old forms of transmitting information were breaking down and new ones had yet to cohere — a transition accompanied by much confusion and uncertainty.
Not long ago, Bolivia appeared headed toward civil war. But in the elections just being counted, Evo Morales has achieved a lopsided victory with his opposition in disarray according to AP reports. Why?
One of the great pleasures of my work is that nearly every day I meet another brilliant and ambitious early-career journalist dedicated to global reporting. Despite what you may be hearing elsewhere, I think these young journalists do have a future in the new media landscape, though it will undoubtedly require more of them to be entrepreneurial and independent.
Have you ever wondered why a certain story is in the news? How do we decide what stories to do? And where to pitch them? For instance, why was our story on land reform in Bolivia broadcast on Marketplace and not The World? And most importantly, how can we be sure we got a story right?