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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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I was heartbroken….

May 11, 2018

“I was heartbroken, and I was scared, and I had no idea if I was doing the right thing.”  ~Ronan Farrow


And yet, despite the threats, the doubts, and the lack of support, Farrow kept reporting the story that earned him a shared Pulitzer Prize, exposing allegations of sexual assault by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.  In an emotional speech to the graduating class at Loyola Marymount University, Farrow revealed the doubts that plagued him —

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The Post

January 26, 2018

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 —

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Study: Media slants coverage of Muslim women

May 12, 2017

New Study:
Media slants coverage of Muslim women

This is the conclusion from Rochelle Terman, a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford who conducted a study of New York Times and Washington Post coverage between 1980 and 2014.

Here’s Terman:

Are Muslims inherently misogynist? Many Americans seem to think so.  Public opinion data reveal anxiety about whether Islam is compatible with Western values. A big part of that unease comes from the perception that Muslim societies are sexist and patriarchal….American public opinion about Muslim women’s rights may come in part from an imbalance in media portrayals….U.S.

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Fearless

April 5, 2017

The foreign editor at a major national newspaper recently asked for a column about young journalists who inspire me.  There are many but none more than the Indonesian, Febriana Firdaus.

When Western journalists parachute into a country for a week of reporting, they contact journalists like Firdaus who give them story ideas, sources and generally work as a “fixer” (usually without a byline or fair financial compensation). We’re out to change that.  It’s our model to pair a Western journalist with a journalist from the country where the story is taking place to work together inequal partnership. 

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I’m tired of the complaints….

April 22, 2016

I’m tired of the complaints ….
Yes, some journalists and media outlets are failing us,
but let me tell you about the journalists I know.

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They are dedicated to reporting the facts with context and sensitivity, often risking their lives because they believe democracy in our increasingly interconnected world depends on getting the story right.
Here’s a sampling of their Pulitzer Prize winning work.
(For all of the Pulitzer winners click on the photo above.)

A MOB KILLING AND FLAWED JUSTICE
Click on the photo below for a story by Alissa Rubin,

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“There is no law that will help me.”

March 25, 2016

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The Moroccan woman was 21 when she first laid eyes on the man who would become her husband. She saw the handsome 24-year-old in a photograph presented by his parents. That was three years ago, when she was still a student. Within a year, S.S., who did not want her name used, had dropped out of her university classes, forced by her father to marry the man. Shortly after the wedding, S.S. says the beatings and rapes began.

“The whole time I just thought about killing myself,” she says.

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Step into the world of love and witchcraft with our NextGen!

September 25, 2014

This story was originally published in The Riveter Magazine on September 19. Click HERE to read in on The Riveter.

NextGen Ailsa Sachdev spoke lifted the curtain on fortune tellers in Morocco and their important role in many women’s lives.

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(Illustration by Laura Hlavsa)

The first time Salma consulted a shawafa, or witch, she went with friends on a lark, solely for entertainment. When the shawafa predicted that she would never get married,

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Love and Witchcraft in Morocco

Love and Witchcraft in Morocco

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on September 19, 2014 at 3:40 pm

This story originally appeared in The Riveter magazine. Click HERE to read it there.

WOMEN IN MOROCCO TURN TO WITCHES, OR SHAWAFAS, FOR LOVE AND THERAPY.

article and photos by Ailsa Sachdev

top illustration by Lora Hlavsa

The first time Salma consulted a shawafa,

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