Round Earth Media: A Worldwide Partnership

Round Earth Media

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"On the Run in the Sahara" Published in the New York Times 4/6/12, Photo by Kirsten Kortebein. Story by Jacquel Kantor

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A miner displays the mercury used to refine gold, story by Next Gen Maddy Crowell

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Next Gens Marlon Bishop and Iolany Perez in El Progresso Honduras

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Next Gen Manuel Ureste in the field in Mexico, behind him the notorious La Bestia

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Next Gen Jennifer Collins in the field reporting from Central America

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Next Gen Iolany Perez reporting from Honduras, interviewing a father reunited with his children

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Near Lake Victoria, Kenya interviewing farmers for NPR and the East African.

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Starting in January 2012 we will be in Rabat, Morocco, working with U.S. college students who aspire to be journalists.

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In India, a bias for boys and sex selection.

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A jungle in Bolivia where Vitalia Merida hid her coca from the drug police

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In the Philippines, a former leper colony where enterprising locals have revived the economy

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In Minneapolis, Somali restuaranteur Jamal Hashi prepares a sentimental goat cutlet. Photo © Joann Verburg

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A jungle in Laos where children scrounge for marketable scrap metal in the form of unexploded bombs

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A stage in Guatemala where Juan Jimenez’s rock band dares to sing in a Mayan language

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Supporting the next-generation of global journalists. Reporting untold stories from neglected regions .

We're mentoring and supporting the next generation of global journalists, while producing under-reported stories placed in top-tier media around the world.

Why does this matter?

"It's ironic that as we become more and more intertwined with people around the world, we’re getting less and less news from those places. Round Earth is doing powerful work…We need to see more of it." ~ Award-winning next generation journalist Marlon Bishop.

Our Unique Partnership Model

In our increasingly interconnected world, we need reliable news and information more than ever.

Yet news outlets -- even the biggest -- have drastically cut their international reporting staffs. When American journalists do cover news outside U.S. borders, they often 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 Media is different.

We team talented young American journalists with the most promising early-career journalists from the countries where we are reporting.

Many of Round Earth Media’s next generation journalists are freelancers. That’s because many of the staff journalists who used to report from news outlets have been replaced by freelancers who look to Round Earth for support.

Round Earth’s veteran journalists mentor these teams who dig below the surface to provide reliable, fact-checked boots-on-the-ground reporting from outside U.S. borders. Working as equal partners, our reporting teams provide context and a deep sense of humanity and place on issues

That's how we worked in Ghana, where American Maddy Crowell partnered with Ghanaian journalist Jamila Okertchiri to report on the lethal use of mercury in small-scale gold mining. Their story reached audiences in both countries via top-tier media: The Economist magazine in the U.S. and the Daily Guide in Ghana.

"There is no other news organization that does this. Journalists reporting collectively from different countries to cover every angle of an unfolding story. Few news organizations even have reporters in these countries...I believe Round Earth's unique reporting model is the way of the future. This work builds understanding…for readers and listeners in both countries." ~ Beverely Abel, an award-winning producer for NPR and the BBC, leads our recently launched reporting project on migration issues.

Our Stories

Our teams cover under-reported stories from places that are neglected or need better reporting. Their stories reach wide audiences in the United States via major media outlets from NPR to the New York Times. We also reach huge audiences via top-tier media in the country where the story is taking place.

Round Earth’s journalists report on some of the most important – yet under-reported – issues of our time involving the environment, women, immigration, the arts, business, health and much, much more. We like to find stories that reflect the diversity of the world’s cultures and the many positive developments around the world.

We covered the arduous journey across the border made by two young brothers from El Salvador traveling alone, underage girls being married in Morocco, deadly gold mining in Ghana, an artist in Mexico turning guns confiscated from narco-traffickers into beautiful musical instruments, and the joys of making homemade liquore in Italy.

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Round Earth Media
3109 West 50th Street, #203
Minneapolis, MN 55410


Supporting the next-generation of global journalists. Reporting untold stories from neglected regions .

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