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Peruvian and Argentinian news outlets take home international Data Journalism Awards

News outlets in Peru and Argentina took home prizes as part of the 2016 Data Journalism Awards given out on June 16 by the Global Editors Network (GEN). The awards recognize “outstanding work in the field of data journalism worldwide.” Read more »


Data journalism site’s pioneering project provides real-time coverage of Peruvian presidential elections

In order to ensure a more transparent electoral process, on June 5, the Peruvian data journalism portal Convoca decided to carry out a project to provide readers, in real-time and from its own website, the results of the second round of elections for the country’s presidency. The news site also created a social media campaign where people could report irregularities in the voting process. Read more »


Argentine journalists worry proposed bill could land them in jail for revealing information about potential tax evasion

Journalistic associations and professionals in Argentina warn that a bill pending in the legislature threatens freedom of expression in the country. If the initiative is passed, reporters who disclose names and information of people who could be involved in crimes of money laundering and tax evasion could be arrested. Read more »


WhatsApp restores communication between Brazilian newspaper and readers after a 16-day block

Following spread of the news that WhatsApp had blocked communication between the Rio de Janeiro-based newspaper Extra and 70,000 readers, the publication’s account on the messaging service was restored late June 9, according to information published on the daily’s website. Read more »


Judge orders arrest of newspaper director of Colombian newspaper El Heraldo

The decision of a judge in Barranquilla, Colombia to order a three-day detention for the director of newspaper El Heraldo, Marco Schwartz, and the imposition of a fine for alleged contempt of an order for rectification has generated controversy in the country. Read more »


Consumption of news via social media grows in Venezuela in the midst of restrictions to traditional media

Given the various policies of the current Venezuelan government that restrict the free circulation of information in traditional media, social networks have become an alternative for news consumption among Venezuelans. This is according to a study commissioned by the human rights advocacy organization Espacio Público. Read more »


Colleagues urge authorities to investigate deaths of Guatemalan and Salvadoran journalists

(Editor's note: This post has been updated for clarification.)

In the span of a week, two respected journalists in Central America have died under mysterious circumstances. Journalists associations in Guatemala and El Salvador are calling on authorities to solve the deaths of television director Víctor Hugo Valdez and television producer Pedro Antonio Portillo, respectively. Read more »


Attacks on the press and restrictions to access of information increase as Venezuelan crisis worsens


In one of the most violent events for the press this year in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas, at least 19 media workers were attacked while covering protests taking place on June 2, according to the human rights advocacy organization Espacio Público. Read more »


WhatsApp cancels accounts and blocks communication between Brazilian newspaper and 70,000 readers

The newspaper Extra from Rio de Janeiro is known internationally as a pioneer in the use of digital messaging platforms, especially WhatsApp, in order to communicate with thousands of its readers. However, Extra said that more than 70,000 of its readers who access their WhatsApp accounts have been hampered by the sudden cancellation of the newspaper’s numbers on the messaging platform because robots have identified them as possible spam. Read more »


Free online course "Introduction to News Design": Sign up now for new MOOC offered by Knight Center and SND

Good news design has the power to ensure that the stories into which journalists have invested hours of work catch the attention of their audiences. But knowing how to fill the blank pages can be a major challenge in the multimedia era where designers work with multiple platforms, from a variety of digital screens to the traditional print formats of magazines and newspapers. Read more »


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