The Program

Reporting Morocco is produced by students from American colleges and universities and strives to be a reliable resource for news and information about this kingdom in North Africa.  Student reporters, photojournalists and filmmakers, we are on the ground in Morocco as part of an innovative new journalism program.  Morocco: Field Studies in Journalism and New Media is a collaboration between SIT Study Abroad and Round Earth Media. Via Round Earth’s groundbreaking partnership model, this program pairs American students with Moroccan journalism students who speak English. Mentored by Round Earth’s veteran editors, we produce a major feature story from Morocco. When these stories are exceptional, Round Earth’s editors help place our journalism – important untold stories from Morocco – in top-tier media outlets in the US.

Our Moroccan partners attend the Ecole Supérieure de Journalisme et de Communication (ESJC) in Casablanca.

SIT Study Abroad’s institutional partner in Morocco is the Center for Cross Cultural Learning (CCCL).


Anna Jacobs leads the program. She recently graduated from the University of Oxford with a masters degree in Modern Middle Eastern Studies. Her specialities include Maghreb politics, the Moroccan media, and migration in North Africa.  She has been working and living in Morocco over several years as a Fulbright Scholar, teacher, and researcher. She has also worked as an editor and writer for Middle East focused publications including Jadaliyya and Muftah Magazine.


marymachu6Mary Stucky is the Co-founder of Round Earth Media 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.




Screen-Shot-2013-11-13-at-8.11.21-PMAida Alami is a Moroccan print and broadcast reporter mainly covering North Africa.  Her work has appeared in The New York Times, 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.



Screen-Shot-2013-11-13-at-8.11.51-PMMike Zerby is currently an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota – Minneapolis in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, teaching Visual Communication and Electronic Photojournalism. He has also taught at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota and the University of Missouri, Columbia. Additionally, he was an associate director of the First International Photojournalism Workshop, sponsored by the University of Missouri and held in Sofia, Bulgaria, and associate director of the Second International Photojournalism Workshop, held in Budapest, Hungary, and faculty member for Somosfoto workshop in Quito, Ecuador sponsored by the University of Miami.

Zerby is a 37-year veteran photojournalist.  In addition to his work at the Star Tribune, Zerby has freelanced for the New York Times, Washington Post, and other papers. He has also done assignments for National Geographic, Time, Newsweek, Business Week, Forbes and Geoworld among other publications. His assignments were many and varied, and included being embedded with invading Marines during the recent Iraq war, where he shot stills and video for his paper. Zerby covered all the US presidents but one, from Richard Nixon to George W. Bush and tracked a dogsled expedition to the North Pole at 72 degrees below zero. Zerby witnessed the continuing struggle for human rights in the Lakota Sioux villages of South Dakota, documented racial strife in the cities and townships of South Africa, observed the quiet lives of a rural Hutterite community in South Dakota and reported in-depth on a crack-ridden Minneapolis inner-city neighborhood.

Web Creators

ShirleyChan Shirley Chan designed Reporting Morocco‘s new look.

 Serenity Bolt conceptualized and created Reporting Morocco‘s original website.

Student Editors Fall 2016

EDITORS: Celia Heudebourg, Margaret Britton-Mevhlisch, Sonia Mohammadzadah

PROGRAM COMMUNICATIONS: Maria Luisa Frasson-Nori, Regan Reeck, Taylor Burris

PHOTO EDITORS: Deborah Honore, Phoebe Osterhout

SOCIAL MEDIA: Jessica Lartigue, DeJah Ault


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