Next Generation Journalism

October 18th, 2014  |  By Serenity Bolt

Round Earth Media Weekly, October 15

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I know, I know, the news has been dreadful. The NBC cameraman with Ebola was – what else? –  a freelancer without sufficient health insurance.  Around the world, freelancers have replaced staff journalists as the source of our most reliable international news and information.

YOU can help help the great freelancers who look to  Round Earth for support — and who we all depend on to know what’s going on in our increasingly interconnected world.

Give to Round Earth Media’s cool new Kickstarter project and your gift will be maximized thanks to a match from a generous donor — turn a $10 donation into $15!

Please support these great young journalists who will bring you stories rich in humanity and place – from Ghana, Mexico and Jordan.
Heartfelt thanks from me and them!
Mary

Mary Stucky
Round Earth Media
651.470.1572 (mobile when I’m in U.S.)

@roundearthmedia
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Mentoring and supporting the next generation of global journalists, while producing under-reported stories for top-tier media around the world.

October 13th, 2014  |  By Round Earth Media

Our NextGen captures the pain and resilience of Morocco’s “children of the moon”

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Our NextGen photographer Rachel Woolf captured the pain and resilience of Morocco’s “children of the moon” for the Baltimore Sun’s visual journalism blog the Dark Room. Click here to see the rest! For 800 children in Morocco, damaged or burnt skin is genetic, irreparable, and needs to be replaced. Mohamed-El Kotbi, 17, and Driss Hamouti, 21, live with this tragic condition. Due to a disease called Xeroderma Pigmentosum – which medical professionals generally shorthand to XP – they are prone to blistering and burning of their skin and eyes upon the slightest sun exposure.

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October 10th, 2014  |  By Serenity Bolt

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Greetings!

I hope everyone will forgive me for this email blast. As you know, I founded and lead Round Earth Media, which supports independent international journalism from under-reported areas of the world and the training of young correspondents.

We’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign for reporting projects in Ghana, Jordan and Mexico. Please take a look:
If you can see your way to giving just $1 or more, we certainly would appreciate it. If you’ve already given, thank you! And if you’d be willing to share this with friends or social media, that would really give us a boost.
Here are a few incentives:

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October 3rd, 2014  |  By Serenity Bolt

ANNOUNCING! Round Earth Media’s first-ever Kickstarter!

Please give today! Somebody is ready to match the first $13,000 in pledges with an extra $6,500.  Think of it this way—if you give $10, your gift will bring an extra $5 to support our reporting teams.  If you give $50, we’ll get an extra $25 to help reach the goal and get our three teams into the field.

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September 25th, 2014  |  By Serenity Bolt

Round Earth Media Weekly–September 24

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September 25th, 2014  |  By Serenity Bolt

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

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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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, an outrageous thought for a Moroccan woman in her twenties, Salma brushed it off.

“At that time, when we left the shawafa, we laughed and we didn’t trust her,” said Salma, who didn’t believe in witchcraft or magic.

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September 10th, 2014  |  By Serenity Bolt

The Round Earth Media Weekly

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September 4th, 2014  |  By Round Earth Media

Round Earth Media Weekly – Week of Sept. 1

We’re on the ground in Morocco
Nineteen student reporters and photographers
from US colleges and universities just arrived
for our journalism program in Morocco.
Check out ReportingMorocco.org for more about
this program, news from Morocco and the
student’s reporting and photography,
produced in partnership with Moroccan
journalism students. Click on the image below for a
link to their on-line magazine.

August 19th, 2014  |  By Round Earth Media

An unforgettable story of migration from one family’s perspective

José and Ester sent for their two sons, 11-year-old Kevin and 9-year-old José Jr. They were detained in Texas and transferred to a few centers along the southwest before they were sent to a shelter for unaccompanied minors in Miami and then reunited with their parents in Maryland. Their faces aren't shown to protect their identity.

José and Ester sent for their two sons, 11-year-old Kevin and 9-year-old José Jr. They were detained in Texas and transferred to a few centers along the southwest before they were sent to a shelter for unaccompanied minors in Miami and then reunited with their parents in Maryland. Their faces aren’t shown to protect their identity.

This story was originally published on August 19, 2014 on PRI’s The World. CLICK HERE to hear it.

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.

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July 21st, 2014  |  By Serenity Bolt

Next Gens Hannah Rehak and William Matsuda on underage marriages in Morocco

This article appeared in the GlobalPost. Read it HERE.
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The Moroccan legal code forbids girls under age 18 to marry, but exceptions are granted most of the time.

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.

The daughter of Rachida Diani, who helps her mom around the house in Rabat, Morocco. She is bubbly, but shy. Unlike her brothers, she rarely leaves the house to play outside. (William Matsuda/GlobalPost)

The daughter of Rachida Diani, who helps her mom around the house in Rabat, Morocco. She is bubbly, but shy. Unlike her brothers, she rarely leaves the house to play outside. (William Matsuda/GlobalPost)

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