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Our Legacy

February 8, 2019

Jeanette Lam is our legacy.  The University of Richmond senior sent me an email yesterday that brought tears to my eyes.  Jeanette was a recent student on our program in Morocco (students call it MOJ for short).  She’s given me permission to share her email with all of you.  Here’s Jeanette:

The Morocco program  is one of the most transformative experiences I’ve had. MOJ is a launching pad for young creatives who do not attend schools with a heavy focus on media.

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This place was magical.

January 11, 2019

CASABLANCA—At the edge of the city sits Les Abattoirs, a crumbling cathedral of art-deco architecture that served as the city’s slaughterhouse for more than a century. After the last generation of butchers left in 2002 the nearly 14-acre complex became the unlikely home of a public art movement in a city where art, fighting uphill against a lack of space, funding, and free expression, struggles to be accessible. Les Abattoirs changed that, bringing free performances, workshops, and concerts to the industrial, working-class neighborhood of Hay Mohammadi.

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From South Africa

December 7, 2018

Our Amazing Young Journalists

From South Africa via Web Conference

That’s me, very early one morning this week (and a little sleep deprived), connecting with our team in South Africa.  Saam Jalinous is shown here, a student at Wesleyan.  In the audience — our other American journalism students and two of South Africa’s most acclaimed professional journalists (the students’ Round Earth mentors), Martine Barker and Jonathan Ancer.  The students presented their feature stories — and their experiences reporting them —

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Quiet, Untidy Corners

October 19, 2018

As tempting as it is for Americans to focus attention inward as American democracy feels like it is imploding, it is vital to remember that the United States is still a power that reaches into lives, and sometimes deals death, around the world. If Chinua Achebe’s famously wise words were right, if evil really does thrive best in “quiet, untidy corners,” then foreign correspondents must persevere there.

That’s Christina Goldbaum, a 2014 college graduate and a new reporter with The New York Times. 

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Yes, they can!

August 24, 2018

 

It started in April 2012, with this story by a student reporter and photographer, published in The New York Times.   Since then, students in Morocco have been responsible for some of the most important — and consistent — reporting from this neglected region.  Proof positive that journalism students can produce international reporting at the highest levels of the profession.  

Students arrive soon for the fall semester on our journalism programs in Morocco andSouth Africa

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Harassed

August 3, 2018

From the experience of Round Earth’s female journalists to the stories we report, harassment based on gender is front and center these days.

Courageous female journalists are coming forward to reveal “The Cost of Reporting While Female,” as an article in the Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) put it.  (The article includes a fascinating timeline, starting in 1829, documenting the harassment of female journalists.)

At Round Earth, we support female journalists through shared experience, understanding and partnership.  My colleague Elisa Lees Muñoz,

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The Next Generation

June 15, 2018


More than seven years ago, when Round Earth began working in collaboration with SIT Study Abroad on a program in Morocco, journalism as a profession seemed to be in such crisis that many wondered if there would be a next generation of international journalists.  I’m less fearful of that these days.

Trey Strange is a case in point.  He had never been out of the United States when he came to Morocco for our program.  That didn’t deter Trey.  I honestly don’t know when I’ve had a student who was more enthusiastic,

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Our Legacy in Morocco

April 27, 2018

I arrived in Morocco more than 7 years ago, poised for a grand experiment.  Could students studying at US colleges and universities, working with Moroccan student partners, produce journalism of excellence for top global media outlets?  Before that first semester was over, our students had proved that possible by publishing a story in the New York Times.  They’ve gone on to publish and broadcast countless more.  In this time of shuttered foreign news bureaus and the chaos in Washington nudging a lot of foreign coverage off the front page,

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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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