We are reporting from Latin America and Africa and plan to expand soon to Asia and Europe.
In addition, our pioneering program in collaboration with SIT Study Abroad, gets underway every semester, pairing Americanstudents with journalism students in country. Round Earth’s veteran editors are guiding these next gen teams, placing their best reporting (print, audio, photography and film) in the world’s most respected media outlets.
Round Earth Media was launched in 2005 with a bounty of stories from Mexico.* Now, with a generous grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, we are undertaking a major new reporting project from our neighbor to the south. It only makes sense: We share a nearly 2,000-mile border, nearly one in 10 Americans is of Mexican descent, and a third of all U.S. immigrants are from Mexico.
A major theme of our series will be the other Mexico – the one that lives beyond the headlines about organized crime, drug-related violence and corruption. We partnered young American and Mexican journalists to report these stories for National Public Radio in the U.S and top tier media in Mexico, including El Universal and Reforma newspapers. Coming soon, in the fall of 2013, an hour long documentary, Mexico Uncovered, for NPR stations nationwide.
* We reported from Chiapas on outsiders surfing medicinal plants for supposed cures; peasant concerns over road-building in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec; the ills of cheap U.S. corn imports in Oaxaca; a Durango forest cooperative selling sustainably grown wood to an international market; and environmental groups in the Yucatan fighting to save mangrove swamps from development aimed at U.S. tourists.