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Round Earth Media has supported dozens of journalists who have written hundreds of pieces covering numerous topics in diverse countries. To explore all these stories, visit our archives!

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To the Rescue?

October 12, 2018

Legacy media is in trouble.  Over the last ten years, ad revenue abandoned newspapers and magazines.  Hedge funds and private equity firms bought up newspapers and, with their unrelenting focus on the bottom line, cut newsroom staff even further.  Many newspapers found they could no longer cover their communities.  Despite some hopeful push-back from journalists themselves (at theDenver Post journalists are fighting backagainst their owners), the future is not bright.  Print revenue is expected to continue to decline with years of more losses.

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The Power of Podcasts

October 5, 2018

The Power of Podcasts

I began reporting for NPR in the 1970s, just a few years after the network was founded.  In those halcyon days, we had a lot of time to fill and so we were encouraged to do long interviews and highly produced, sound-rich stories.  Those days are gone, except when it comes to podcasts which now — to my delight — have gone global.   Especially in regions of the world with rich story-telling traditions.

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Together Again

September 28, 2018

As you know, Round Earth Media is based on the idea that the best international journalism is created in partnership. An American and a journalist from the country where the story is taking place, working together in equal partnership, their important, under-reported stories reaching audiences in both countries.

Guia Baggi and Zanna McKay joined up as reporting partners for Round Earth in Italy in 2013. The first story they covered was for PRI’s The World and Wired.it about an Italian rapper who brought the struggles of unemployed Italian youths to the fore.

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The Trump Effect?

September 21, 2018

They’re calling it “the Trump effect,”  a surge in the number of students enrolled in journalism schools.  While there is no national data yet, a recent story in The Washington Post reports the following:

  • At the University of Maryland, freshman enrollment in the journalism school is up 50 percent.
  • At Northwestern University’s journalism school, undergraduate applications rose 24 percent.
  • At Syracuse University, more students are signing up for investigative and political reporting classes that in recent years had been cancelled for lack of interest.

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Unsung Heroes

September 14, 2018

From Morocco, Mexico, Brazil and the United States, Round Earth Media’s dedicated directors are unsung heroes in my world.

Extraordinary journalists (Carla Baranauckas, Ron Henkoff and Peter Prengaman) are joined by business and non-profit leaders (Susan Plimpton, Ann Mond Johnson, Brad Lehrman, Steve Knaebel, and Amine Kabbaj).

For more about each of these accomplished individuals who dedicate their time, resources and expertise in guiding Round Earth, click HERE and scroll down to “Our Board.”

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News Deserts

September 7, 2018

As you all know by now, Round Earth Media’s focus is on important, under-reportedinternational stories. But we think local newsis just as important.  On that score, the situation is increasingly grim with disastrous consequences for our democracy. From an article published this week by Bloomberg:

America is overrun with “news deserts,” cities and towns where local coverage is lacking or altogether absent….Without journalists digging through property records or attending city council meetings,

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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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From Aida

August 17, 2018

I’m taking a break this week and turning the newsletter over to one of Round Earth’s most brilliant young journalists.   Aida Alami returned recently from a Round Earth reporting project in Haiti (photo is of Aida at the rear of the motorbike with her Haitian and Dominican colleagues). Here’s Aida writing from her home in Morocco:

After spending a few years in New York City where I studied journalism, I moved back to Morocco in late 2009, only a few months before major political changes known today as the Arab Spring.

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Facebook & The News

August 10, 2018

Getting your news from social media?

Most people prefer to get their news through a “side door” like Facebook rather than directly from a news source, according a new report from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford.  This seems to indicate a deterioration of trust between media outlets and the public, according to the report, along with a reluctance to pay for the news.  Still, people are paying. The significant increase in subscriptions that began in 2016 in the US has been maintained.

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Telling Fact from Fiction

July 20, 2018

What a summer it’s been for journalists – and all of us – trying to distinguish fake news from real. Fact from fiction. Truth from lies.

One of the best tools, especially regarding politics – and we’re entering an intense political season – comes from my friends at the non-profit Poynter Institute, which recently acquired PolitiFact.

PolitiFact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics.

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