Who We Are.
Round Earth Media, a world-wide partnership, trains and supports the next generation of independent global reporters, photographers and filmmakers to produce under-reported stories for top-tier media outlets around the world.
Our increasingly interconnected world needs a new generation of journalists trained to the highest ethical and professional standards, producing rich, balanced, knowledgeable news and information.
“I believe Round Earth’s unique reporting model is the way of the future. U.S. and [in-country] journalists are mentored by veterans in the field and share their different perspectives with each other in an egalitarian working relationship. This work builds understanding…for readers and listeners in both countries.” Award-winning journalist Leda Hartman
Partnerships are Essential to Round Earth’s Groundbreaking Model.
Too often, American journalists parachute into a country for just a few weeks of reporting, failing to grasp the nuances and complexities of what is, for them, a foreign country. Round Earth’s groundbreaking model is different.
We team talented young American journalists with the most promising early-career journalists from the countries where we are reporting.
These pairs work in equal partnership, mentored by the veteran journalists at Round Earth.
Their powerful and engaging multi-media reporting is published and broadcast in the United States and in the country where the story is taking place.
Being independent means our young journalists can cover stories that matter, providing context and a deep sense of humanity and place on issues involving the environment, women, immigration, the arts, business, health and much, much more.
“Working with Lillian on this story was fantastic. We both come from different sides of the border, with somewhat different training. She had sources that I didn’t and vice versa. Working as a reporting team, she would think of questions that I wouldn’t. It’s like having an insider on your team.” Monica Ortiz Uribe
Uribe, a Mexican-American reporter, broadcast Mexicans Returning from the U.S. Find Challenges at Home on the public radio program Marketplace. Her Mexican partner, Lillian Lopez Camberos, published a story on the same topic in Spanish in the Sunday magazine of Mexico’s El Universal newspaper. Their reporting reached huge audiences in both countries.
Why Does this Matter?
Our increasingly interconnected world needs unbiased, well-researched, responsibly reported global news and information more than ever before—yet it’s harder than ever to get.
Used to be, future journalists could refine their craft at a small newspaper or radio or TV station, do good work, get noticed, head to ever-bigger markets, and eventually find themselves reporting from outside U.S. borders. For generations, this is how foreign correspondents got their start.
But today, with U.S. newsrooms shrinking, the venerated editor-reporter relationship is hard to find. For journalists aspiring to be global correspondents, it’s harder still. Today, many of the best young journalists are freelancers who rely on Round Earth for support while they cover what’s happening on the ground, often in remote places.
“Without Jamila, without the Round Earth partnership model, I would still be lost somewhere near Prestea, wandering Ghana and trying to figure out whom to interview. Her calm, graceful presence and attentiveness to the story has been wonderfully encouraging, and I could not have worked on this story without her.” Maddy Crowell
Crowell, an American, partnered with Ghanaian journalist Jamila Okertchiri to report on the lethal use of mercury in small-scale gold mining in Ghana. These young reporters received training, mentoring and support from Round Earth. Their story reached audiences in both countries via top-tier media: The Economist magazine in the U.S. and the Daily Guide in Ghana.
Round Earth Media’s young journalists report from places that are neglected or need better reporting. Mexico is just one example. The U.S. 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. We are out to change that. As part of our project, Mexico Uncovered, Marlon Bishop reported about a Mexican artist and his inspiring efforts to turn guns confiscated from narco-traffickers into beautiful musical instruments. Bishop’s reporting was awarded one of journalism’s highest honors, a First Place National Headliner Award. You’ll find more of our Mexico reporting here: http://mexicouncovered.org/
Our NextGen teams report from places that were once prominent players in U.S. foreign affairs but are now almost entirely forgotten. El Salvador is just one example. Long after El Salvador and its insurrection were out of the headlines, Round Earth’s Ambar Espinoza went back to learn about that country’s security crisis and its impact beyond the region. Espinoza, herself an immigrant from El Salvador, reported on gang violence and immigration for public radio programs in the U.S. and for the BBC. Via the Round Earth model, El Salvadorian reporter Eric Lemus published the same stories in Spanish in El Salvador’s Contrapunto.
We think it’s essential to reach audiences in the country where the story is taking place – not just in the United States. This bilateral distribution is unique to Round Earth.
“There is no other news organization that does this. Four journalists working in both English and Spanish, reporting collectively from three different locations to cover every angle of an unfolding story. Few news organizations even have reporters in these countries. Round Earth is unique with a pool of young, talented and committed reporters, all working together to bring the story behind the headlines to top tier outlets in three countries.” Beverely Abel, an award-winning producer for NPR and the BBC. Abel leads our recently launched reporting project on migration from Mexico and Central America.
In all our reporting, the teams at Round Earth seek out stories that illuminate the many ways in which people in the United States — recent immigrants and long-time residents alike — are connected to people around the world. We also like to tell positive stories about the richness of world cultures and the ways in which people are working to solve problems and expand opportunity around the globe.
“After observing Round Earth’s program in Morocco, and reading stories in the New York Times and other national/international media, I’d say the results have been exceptional. Their ultimate success rests in having teachers and mentors like Mary Stucky and her team of veteran journalists, who bring well-honed reportorial skills and deeply held professional values to the task of training and guiding the next generation of global journalists.” Nancy Fushan, foundation consultant and former program officer.
How is Our Work Supported?
Round Earth Media is supported by major foundations including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. For some stories, we partner with academic institutions, including SIT Study Abroad, to mentor and train journalism students to produce compelling reporting for top-tier media outlets via the Round Earth model. Fees paid by our media outlet partners go directly to Round Earth’s NextGen journalists.
We are also supported by many generous individuals.
Some of our supporters have been in the Peace Corps, studied or lived abroad, or were born outside the United States and rarely see high-quality reporting from their birth country. Others simply have an affinity for a particular country, continent or culture and want to see reliable, fact-based journalism from a place they’ve grown to understand and love.
All of our supporters have one thing in common: they value in-depth, compelling, balanced global news and information in order to understand our interconnected world.
Your gift today will support NextGen journalists to produce powerful reporting for global audiences.
Round Earth Media’s major foundation supporters believe strongly in what we are doing, and are interested in investing more in our innovative model—so long as we demonstrate increasing support from individuals.
Over the next two years, Round Earth has exciting plans to reach more next gen journalists covering more regions of the world. With your support, we can do much more.
Our goal is to raise $100,000 by December 31, 2014 to provide firm financial footing for our groundbreaking programs, and to earn more major foundation support.
Your gift of any size supports training and mentoring for NextGen journalists; it helps us reach our goal and is vital to demonstrate broad support for our work to foster independent global journalism.
This is an unprecedented opportunity.
Your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
Round Earth Media Leadership
Round Earth Media was founded by veteran journalists Mary Stucky and Mary Losure. A former reporter at the NBC-TV affiliate in Minneapolis, and a long-time contributor to National Public Radio, Stucky shared in a 2006 Peabody Award for her reports on Hmong and Chinese immigrants in the documentary Crossing East: Our History, Our Stories, Our America.
We are pleased that the W.K. Kellogg Foundation acknowledged our work with a generous capacity-building grant to help us expand our board of directors.
Leadership team for Mexico Uncovered — read about them HERE.
To read about the accomplished journalists who train and mentor our next gen teams, please click HERE
Our Interns and Editorial Assistants. If you’re interested in an internship with Round Earth, send us an email <info@roundEarthMedia.org> with your resume and career goals and we’ll get back to you if we think there’s a fit.
Our Photographers and Filmmakers. Round Earth works with some of the world’s most acclaimed photographers and also with early-career photojournalists and photojournalism students.