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,
The British-Irish freelancer Iona Craig has just won the Polk Award, one of journalism’s most prestigious acknowledgements. For years Craig has covered Yemen which is, according to the Poynter Institute, one of the most godforsaken places on earth: A beautiful land, where early coffee cultivation began, riven by cholera and a devastating proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia. It’s a war in which U.S. weaponry and ordnance is helping flatten the country,
Julian Harris, an SIT student on our 2013 journalism program in Morocco, plays with his baby host brother as he waits for lunch in Birta Village, part of Sbaa Rouadi Commune in the Boulmane region near Fez. Photo Mark Minton
Our program in Morocco is based in Rabat, the capital, but our students spend 5 days — or more — in a village living with local families. Why? Because one can’t know Morocco without an understanding of life in its villages. Around the world,
The number of journalists killed in Mexico reached an all-time high last year, making our neighbor to the south one of the deadliest places in the world to work as a journalist. Many Mexican journalists, facing death threats for their reporting, have had no choice but to flee for their lives, according to a recent story in the Los Angeles Times.
There are no good options for Mexican journalists on the run.
The International Reporting Project just shut down. For 20 years IRP was a premier independent non-profit funding international journalism. 651 IRP-funded journalists have reported from 115 countries, producing important, under-covered stories mostly from the developing world. No official reason was given for the decision but it’s reported that IRP was out of money. The community of international journalists — mostly freelancers these days — is devastated by this loss with many journalists saying IRP is where they were able to get funding for some of their most important work.
Have you seen the movie (click the image above for the trailer)? The Post isn’t perfect (it’s a movie, after all) but it does a terrific job of advocating for a free press. Brave journalists doing their jobs, willing to risk money and access. After you’ve seen the movie, and if you want more — especially about Daniel Ellsberg:
HERE’s a recent interview with Ellsberg on NPR’s Fresh Air. This guy —
A 2014 Pew study found that the number of foreign correspondents working for American newspapers dropped by almost a quarter in 10 years. The same study estimated that network coverage of foreign news in 2013 was less than half of what it was in the late 1980s.
And those numbers predate the presidential election in 2016, when American coverage became even more internally focused. According to a study by Harvard University in 2017, 41 percent of news stories in American media during U.S.