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Weapons of Mass Distraction

April 13, 2018


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.

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Internet Good Cop

April 6, 2018

Who’s the good cop of the Internet?

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.

But wait a minute!

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THIS is partnership

March 30, 2018

Hello everyone from Morocco!

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. 

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Truth Tourists Don’t See

March 23, 2018

Truth Tourists Don’t See

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.

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Keeping Bias Out

March 16, 2018


How do you keep bias out of stories?

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. 

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You’ll Want to Learn More

March 9, 2018

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.

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Greetings from India

March 2, 2018

Hello everyone,

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,

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Forgotten

February 23, 2018

 

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 Instituteone 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, 

Poynter praised Craig’s determined,

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Villages Matter

February 16, 2018

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,

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Fleeing for their lives

February 9, 2018

There are few havens


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.

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