The Round Earth Media Weekly – Week of Sept 8
Next Generation Journalism
September 10th, 2014 | By Serenity Bolt
August 19th, 2014 | By Round Earth Media
Next Gen journalist Jennifer Collins brings us the story of one Salvadoran family through the eyes of many. This story is a part in a series in collaboration with journalists Manuel Ureste (whose work you can read HERE on AnimalPolitico in Spanish), Eric Lemus and Julia Botero.
More than 50,000 underage migrants, mostly from Central America, have been caught trying to cross the US southern border since the fall of 2013.
They face tremendous risks, just getting to that point. Some jump onto a freight train known as “The Beast,” where one wrong move could mean a lost limb — or worse. Some are kidnapped by drug cartels. So why, given all the risks, would any parent put their children through the journey?
Jose and Ester, who asked that their last name be withheld to protect their identity, are just such parents. They have two boys — the oldest is 11, the youngest is 9.
July 21st, 2014 | By Serenity Bolt
RABAT, Morocco — Salima Dakani has a bruised right hand, two children, and nowhere to sleep tonight.
She is only 19, but she bears the weight of a woman who says she has spent years tortured by a man addicted to drugs and violence, a man chosen for her by parents who believed marriage was the best option for their daughter, an alternative to a life of poverty.
July 19th, 2014 | By Round Earth Media
This article was published by Zester Daily on July 17, 2014.
Travelers who spend more than a few weeks in Italy likely will find themselves around a local family’s dinner table, sipping homemade liqueur.
Initially invented for medicinal purposes by 13th-century Italian monks, liqueurs (liquore in Italian) have become a source of regional pride, with Italians still drinking and customizing those original recipes today.
In Montelupo, a small town located on the lush, hilly outskirts of Florence, a trio of Italian herbalists have spent the past 15 years sorting through the bounty of Tuscan gardens to create fresh, updated versions of this quintessential Italian drink
Round Earth Media’s Zanna K. McKay reported the story Tips To Create Fresh Liqueurs With A Tuscan Spirit for Zester Daily, read it HERE.
July 14th, 2014 | By Round Earth Media
This article was published by Zester Daily on July 2, 2014.
Knishes are packed with more than flaky, potatoey deliciousness. “The knish is really stuffed with stories,” said Laura Silver, author of the new book, “Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food.” Her many pilgrimages on behalf of the knish — “a pillow of filling tucked into a skin of dough” — took Silver from Poland to Israel. But the story really began with Mrs. Stahl’s of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, the knish-maker her grandmother loved best. The shop’s demise in 2005 is what ignited Silver’s obsession to get inside this dense, satisfying “potato pie.”
One stop on her quest was the town of Knyszyn, Poland, home to Silver’s ancestors and some knishlore. There she heard the legend of a king who was traveling, tired and hungry, through a forest. He emerged in a hamlet where he was served a tasty dumpling called a knish. He liked it so much he named the place after it.
Round Earth Media’s Tyler J. Kelley reported the story of The Knish: Cute As A Dumpling And Filled With Tradition for Zester Daily, read it HERE.
June 30th, 2014 | By Round Earth Media
Xeroderma Pigmentosum, XP, is a rare disease carried in 1 out of every 80 Moroccan’s DNA. It is only passed from parent to child when both parents carry the recessive trait. Thus, in Morocco’s poor communities, where there is little opportunity for marriage outside the family, people are at higher risk to have, or at least pass on, the disease.
The disease is characterized by blistering and burning of the skin and eyes, along with various cancers. The National Cancer Institute reports a 10,000-fold increased risk of skin cancer for someone with XP and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has found that non-melanoma skin cancer develops at a median age of nine. They are what Moroccans call Children of the Moon.
Today there are 800 Children of the Moon in Morocco. Due to poverty and poor access to health care, most of these children, teenagers and young adults will die before they reach 30.
May 28th, 2014 | By Serenity Bolt
Thanks to all those who attended the Mexico Uncovered event we held at the Minneapolis Central Library on March 31st.
If weren’t able to come, we’ve packaged some audio highlights from the evening. Our team of journalists called in via Skype to share reflections on the radio stories they produced for top-tier media outlets. They embraced the Round Earth Media model – collaborating with a local journalist – and succeeded in capturing stories rich in sound, place and humanity.
An intro from Mary Stucky:
Daniel Hernandez, host of the Mexico Uncovered radio documentary, is shifting the focus on Mexico from the war on drugs and immigration to its vibrant, evolving food culture. His reports unearth the cosmopolitan side of Mexico City. By the end of the night, he had the audience craving street food.
More from Hernandez here:
Marlon Bishop, a contributing American reporter, shared how he immersed himself in Mexico’s automobile industry in 2013 for his PRI story, High-Tech Manufacturing Driving Mexican Economy. He highlighted that fact that despite economic growth in Mexico – a trend that has inspired a wave of reverse migration – more than half of the population remains below the poverty line, working in low-end jobs at maquiladoras, factories located in free trade zones in Mexico.
More from Bishop here:
Mary Stucky also recognized Bishop’s first place National Headliner Award for his story published on PRI’s Studio 360, An Orchestra of Guns. He captured one artist’s vision to repurpose retired guns as instruments, to pay tribute the victims of gun violence in Mexico. Stucky explained that putting a new spin on an old narrative like gun violence is “exactly what Round Earth looks for.”
More from Bishop here:
Monica Oritz Uribe, a contributing Mexican-American reporter, gave an update on Mexicans Returning from U.S. Find Challenges at Home, the story she published with Marketplace in January 2013. For the first time in 40 years, there are as many Mexicans going back to Mexico as there are coming to the U.S. She explored what assimilation looks like for youth born in the U.S who move south of the border.
Uribe also revealed a surprise encounter that happened through her reporting. In pursuit of a gang member to interview for a story she recently published with NPR’s ‘Borderland’ series, she discovered they were former classmates.
More from Uribe here:
May 27th, 2014 | By Serenity Bolt
By ZANNA MCKAY
This article was published by PRI’s The World on May 01, 2014.
His song “O’ Vient” is about the desperate situation faced by Italian youth, especially those living in the south.
Earlier this year, Clementino opened his first tour across Italy in Milan, and fans came from as far south as Sicily. Many waited hours to buy a ticket. With a near-full house, Clementino bounced onto the stage in a flat-brimmed New York Yankees cap, tattoos covering both arms.
At 31, Clementino is just becoming recognized throughout Italy, but Giuseppe Forino says he’s been a fan since Clementino put out his first album seven years ago.
May 4th, 2014 | By Serenity Bolt
In Italy’s southern region of Campania, the youth unemployment rate is a whopping 48 percent. It’s something that rapper/hip-hop artist Clemente Maccaro — known as Clementino — tackles head on. He grew up near Naples in the Campania region, and that’s where his latest music video was filmed. His song “O’ Vient” is about the desperate situation faced by Italian youth, especially those living in the south.
Round Earth’s Zanna McKay and Guia Baggi teamed up to bring Clementino’s message to audiences in the United States via PRI’s The World and in Italy via WIRED Magazine in Italian.
Click HERE for Zanna’s story.
And HERE for Guia’s.
For more on Round Earth’s ground breaking partnership model — and more about Zanna and Guia – click HERE.