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, work together in equal partnership to research and report on the same stories for their respective audiences.
In South Africa, our American students will soon be partnered with young reporters at some of the country’s most important media outlets.
The Sunday Times, South Africa’s largest weekend newspaper, has a national footprint and a reputation for breaking big national political stories, strong business news coverage and rich news feature and lifestyle writing. The daily online offering of Times Live is the country’s second largest news site and carries a continuously updated news feed from all regions.
GroundUp, a small news agency based in Cape Town, is punching above its weight, seeking out stories that are in the public interest, with an emphasis on the human rights of vulnerable communities. From small beginnings in 2012 the agency now serves many of the mainstream media outlets and has become a dependable source of important stories that other media don’t get to.
Daily Maverick, a unique blend of news, information, analysis and opinion. This ground-breaking news organization brings high energy to its work. Readers who seek in-depth understanding of news events in South Africa turn to the Daily Maverick’s daily feed of well-curated articles.
In Morocco, given the lack of press freedom, we partner our American students with Moroccan journalism students (rather than early career journalists at media outlets).
This newsletter describes a recent meeting between the American students and Moroccan students at Connect Institute in Agadir, Morocco. (Even if you don’t read French, it’s fun to look at the names and hometowns!)
They got to know each other, discussed story ideas and, of course, had a lot of fun.
The American students went away deeply impressed with the Moroccans’ intellectual curiosity and critical thinking. They look forward to collaborating, finding important under-covered stories about which both partners are passionate.
It’s thrilling to be working with these amazing young journalist teams!
With warm regards,