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Round Earth MediaBy Round Earth Media
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Round Earth MediaBy Round Earth Media
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About

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It's a Global Mashup—talented young American journalists teamed with journalists in three countries, their under-reported stories mashed up with media outlets in the US and in the countries where they are reporting. Everyone mentored by Round Earth Media's award-winning team of veteran journalists and editors! 

In our digitally connected world, we need reliable news and information more than ever.  Despite this compelling need, commercial newsrooms have drastically cut their international reporting staffs.  

Today many of the best young international journalists are freelancers who rely on Round Earth for support and mentoring while they cover important, untold stories often in remote places. 

Here’s another way Round Earth Media is different! 

Too often, American journalists parachute into a country to cover the breaking news story of the day, failing to grasp the nuances of the region. We do it differently by teaming with reporters from the countries wherever we are reporting.

In this project our teams will report from Ghana, Jordan and Mexico – producing compelling stories rich in humanity and place, reaching huge audiences via leading media organizations in the United States and in the countries where the stories are taking place.  

Round Earth Media is investing in young journalists – mostly freelancers – who are the future for quality global reporting

Round Earth’s teams produce stories from some of the world’s most neglected, misunderstood regions and about important, under-reported issues – from the environment to women, immigration to music, and business to health.

We expect to publish in top tier print outlets we work with in the US - including the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor and GlobalPost. And in top tier outlets in-country like AnimalPolitico which has a huge social media following in the Americas. 

Here are the untold stories we're looking at now: 

From Jordan Media and politics: What's the connection?

From Mexico Crime and impunity: What's the real story?

From Ghana Women and development: Are there stories of hope?

Here's some of our recent work: 

Aida Alami in the New York Times
Aida Alami in the New York Times
Jennifer Collins in the GlobalPost
Jennifer Collins in the GlobalPost
Manuel Ureste in AnimalPolitico
Manuel Ureste in AnimalPolitico
Jacob Axelrad in the Christian Science Monitor
Jacob Axelrad in the Christian Science Monitor

Think of it as a mashup of global perspectives.

“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.” —Beverly Abel, award-winning producer for NPR and the BBC.

Support the Global Mashup Project with your pledge today!

How will your money be used?

It costs money to send reporting teams into the field and to cover their expenses as they pursue stories in depth (even though we definitely travel on the cheap!).

$27,500 is our campaign goal.  Your pledge will be used to support three talented, energetic and amazing teams.   

Help get Jamila Okertchiri and Jacob Axelrad to work reporting from Ghana.

Jamila Okertchiri and Jake Axelrad
Jamila Okertchiri and Jake Axelrad

 Help get Tala El-issa and Aida Alami teaming in Jordan.

Tala El-issa and Aida Alami
Tala El-issa and Aida Alami

 Help get Jennifer Collins and Manuel Ureste reporting together in Mexico.

Jennifer Collins and Manuel Ureste
Jennifer Collins and Manuel Ureste

Here’s a great incentive: Yes, there are great awards for your pledge.  But here's another powerful one. 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.

And here's another neat bonus—since Round Earth Media is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, your gift is tax deductible! 

Please make your pledge today!  Be part of the Global Mashup!  Get our three reporting teams to work and follow their stories!  

About the Global Mashup Project Reporting Teams

Partnering in Ghana

American journalist Jacob Axelrad works for The Christian Science Monitor where he reports stories for the Innovation and National desks as well as for the Monitor's weekly magazine. While at the University of Michigan, he worked as a reporter and editor for his student newspaper, The Michigan Daily. Axelrad has worked for Michigan Radio, the NPR affiliate covering Lower Michigan, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, serving metropolitan Pittsburgh. In 2013, Jacob was a student in the SIT Study Abroad journalism program in Morocco—a collaboration with Round Earth Media—and published a groundbreaking story in the Christian Science Monitor about migration and human rights. Find him on Twitter @jakeaxelrad.

Jamila Akweley Okertchiri reports on human rights and health for the Daily Guide in Ghana.  She recently graduated from the Ghana Institute of Journalism after studying a degree programme in communication.  Okertchiri has worked on development and human rights stories with different international organizations, including the Canadian-based NGO Journalist for Human Rights.  She's also collaborated with Round Earth Media to produce stories from Ghana on the effects of illegal mining on surrounding communities' water bodies. Find her on Twitter @joakert. 

Partnering in Jordan

Aida Alami is a Moroccan print and broadcast reporter mainly covering North Africa. She is a frequent contributor to The New York Times and her work has appeared in The International Herald Tribune, CNN, Foreign Policy magazine, USA Today, Bloomberg and Global Post. Originally from Marrakech, she earned her bachelors in media studies from Hunter College in New York and her masters in journalism from Columbia University. She speaks English, French and Arabic. Find her on Twitter @AidaAlami.

Tala El-issa is a journalist from Amman, Jordan. She writes feature articles, poetry and prose with a special interest in culture and art. El-issa attended the Lebanese American University where she studied Communication Arts with an emphasis in Journalism and a minor in Sociology. 

Partnering in Mexico

Jennifer Collins got her start in radio with the American Public Media program Marketplace just as the U.S. economy was showing the first signs of financial crisis. She's been reporting on economic issues ever since. Collins received honors in radio journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She has reported for newspapers in Oregon, Alaska and Cambodia. Currently, she's based in Mexico City, where she's becoming a connoisseur of street tacos and mezcal.

Manuel Ureste is a Spanish journalist who's been working in Mexico since 2008; he's currently working at Animal Político, a digital magazine based in Mexico City. Ureste holds a master's degree in International Relationship and Diplomacy (Staffordshire University). He has published chronicles and special reports about migration and human rights. In June, he went over the south frontier between Mexico and Guatemala reporting a story on child migration and refugees, which was produced with Round Earth Media. This story, "Child Migrants: Mexico Closes the Door to a Generation that Shuns Violence" was published in Animal Político.

Risks and challenges

Is the work done by the next generation of professional journalists valued? Is ethical, fact-checked, reliable, in-depth, boots-on-the-ground reporting that reaches millions of people around the world something people are willing to support with their hard-earned cash? We are taking the risk that it is!

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