This week marks the two-year anniversary of Morocco’s version of the so-called Arab Spring. It didn’t unseat a dictator. But, tens of thousands of Moroccans took to the streets demanding democracy. Morocco’s powerful King diffused the protest by offering a few reforms. But little has changed for most Moroccans – especially the country’s young people. Many have found their voice in rap music. From Morocco on The World, with stunning photos by student photojournalist Shalea Harris. The latest from Round Earth Media’s groundbreaking collaboration with SIT Study Abroad. Click HERE to listen and view the photos.
Poverty & Economic Development
February 22nd, 2013 | By Mary Stucky
January 8th, 2013 | By Mary Stucky
The United States and Mexico share deep personal, economic, geographic and cultural connections, but understanding – on both sides of the border – is often limited by stereotype and media exaggeration. Round Earth Media is out to change that. We launched in 2005, with a bounty of stories from Mexico, supported by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Now, in a groundbreaking new collaboration, Round Earth Media is pairing young American and Mexican journalists, to produce powerful, untold stories from Mexico, stories rich in place and humanity. These stories, broadcast and published in top-tier media, are reaching huge audiences in both countries.
Round Earth Media’s new Mexico Reporting Project is supported by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The focus of these stories: important but little known or commonly misunderstood aspects of life in Mexico.
Click HERE to listen to Monica Ortiz Uribe’s story about midwives in Mexico, broadcast on NPR’s Weekend Edition. Good maternal health care is a challenge in many parts of rural Mexico. Maternity hospital wards are often overcrowded and caesarian sections are routinely scheduled, rather than allowing time for the natural birth process to take place. But this August, in the rural state of Guerrero, the Mexican government opened its first maternity hospital with trained, professional midwives to help alleviate these problems. We pay a visit to Guerrero and see how these new developments are making giving birth easier for women.
November 28th, 2012 | By Mary Stucky
November 8th, 2012 | By Mary Stucky
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Round Earth’s Mexico Reporting Project: Isabella Cota and Annie Murphy reporting in Mexico
The U.S. and Mexico share deep personal, economic, geographic and cultural connections, but our understanding of Mexico is often limited by stereotype and media exaggeration. This fall, Round Earth Media is pairing young American and Mexican journalists, in a groundbreaking collaboration, to produce untold stories from Mexico, stories rich in place and humanity. These stories will reach huge audiences in the United States and in Mexico.
An indigenous village in Mexico got fed up with gangs and illegal loggers acting with impunity. So they kicked them out, kicked out their local authorities and set up their own government. And some other villages are looking at it too. “Josephina,” pictured above, was one of the first to get organized. For security she doesn’t want to be identified. Photo: Isabella Cota
Click HERE to listen to this story which ran nationwide on The World.
September 26th, 2012 | By Mary Stucky
Veronica Jean Seltzer, a Classics major at Tufts University in Boston, and Sara Ait Khorsa, a journalism student at the Institut Supérieur de l’Information et de la Communication in Rabat, teamed up to produce In Morocco Some Dream of a Kingly Gift, just broadcast nationwide on the public radio program, Marketplace.
CLICK HERE for this surprising story, which helps explain why the “Arab Spring” did not topple Morocco’s king.
Our program comes as U.S. newsrooms are contracting and closing and as the desire for stories outside U.S. borders is greater than ever before. Democracy in our interconnected world depends on independent journalism!
Look for more stories soon and, please, tell any aspiring journalist to sign up NOW for our Spring 2013 program, unique among journalism programs world-wide!
August 5th, 2012 | By Mary Stucky
El Salvador has the world’s second highest murder rate – more than 4,300 murders last year alone. That’s just behind Honduras, its neighbor in Central America. The United States bears some responsibility for this. Many of these young men (or their parents) fled to the U.S. to escape the war in El Salvador in the 1980s, a war that was financed, in part, by the United States. Some of those young immigrants grew up to be gang members and were deported from the U.S. by the courts, ending up back in El Salvador where they continued their gang activities.
The U.S. has poured hundreds of millions into anti-gang efforts in Central America but nothing much seemed to change until just a few months ago, when the Catholic Church stepped in to broker a truce between two gangs in El Salvador. But the culture of violence there remains.
We sent Ambar Espinoza to El Salvador to report one mother’s story and what the U.S. and El Salvador are doing to try bring justice and safety to the country. Ambar herself was born in El Salvador and fled the country when she was just a child, grew up in Los Angeles and went on to become an award-winning public radio reporter. Here’s her story.
July 10th, 2012 | By Round Earth Media
Here’s Round Earth Media intern Emma Foehringer Merchant with more about why some nations fail and others succeed.
It is blatantly obvious that certain states have had some sort of leg up in becoming world powers. Just what offered these countries their advantage? Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson explain in their book Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty, reviewed by Jared Diamond (author of the best-selling Guns, Germs and Steel) in last month’s New York Review of Books. Here’s their take.
What do successful nations have in common?
Good political and economic institutions that form a stable state (in constrast to states with deep tribal divisions) are the main common denominator between rich countries, according to economists Acemoglu and Robinson. These institutions allow for a centralized and well-regulated government. Political and economic institutions the two authors define as “good” are those that encourage citizen participation in the economic system. Good institutions protect peoples’ rights and livelihoods and disallow corruption and insecurity. As Diamond explains, “people are motivated to work hard if they have opportunities to invest their earnings profitably, but not if they have few such opportunities or if their earnings or profits are likely to be confiscated.”
What makes a country poor?
Acemoglu and Robinson provide some reasons for economic deficiencies in certain states including:
June 19th, 2012 | By Round Earth Media
Tess Vigeland: Drought and war in the Horn of Africa have left a wide swath of the population there homeless and hungry. The United Nations says some 11 million people need aid to survive. Many of those displaced have headed to Kenya, which itself has deep economic problems. But for all the international aid Kenya has received over the last 30 years, life expectancy there has actually shortened and poverty rates are unchanged.
Mary Stucky reports. (more…)
June 18th, 2012 | By Round Earth Media
The following is a transcript. To listen to this broadcast, please click the link above.
Bruce Gellerman: It’s Living on Earth, I’m Bruce Gellerman.
[SOUNDS OF PROTESTS IN BOLIVIA]
Gellerman: In Bolivia, the people spoke and the government listened. For three months, a thousand people marched across the Andes Mountains, closing roads, enduring police crackdown and arrest. They were protesting the government’s plan to build a highway through indigenous lands and Amazon forest. Bolivian President Evo Morales gave in to the protesters and scrapped the project. But while demonstrators may have won this round, the fight over how to develop Bolivia’s economy and protect its environmental future continues. Mary Stucky reports.