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Digitization could help Latin American public media out of current crisis (third and final article of series)


In this third and final installment of the series on public media in Latin America, the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas interviewed various experts and researchers in the field about the challenges for survival and sustainability faced by the public media in the digital age, and their abilities to produce digital content to increasingly fragmented audiences. Read more »


Non-traditional media from Latin America and Spain win big at Gabriel García Márquez Festival

Digital sites from Latin America and Spain were recognized as the winners of the four main prizes handed out by the Gabriel García Márquez Journalism Award on Sept. 29 during the festival of the same name in Medellín, Colombia.

The GGM Award aims “to recognize and encourage the pursuit of excellence, innovation and ethical coherence by journalists and media outlets working in Spanish and Portuguese,” according to the prize website. Read more »


Colombian judge issues arrest warrant for leaders of the ELN guerrilla group for kidnapping of journalists

A Colombian judge ordered the arrest of the Central Command (Coce) of the guerrilla group known as the National Liberation Army (ELN for its acronym in Spanish) for the kidnappings of six journalists and a driver this past May, according to the Attorney General’s Office. Read more »


Brazilian journalist survives after being shot while distributing newspapers in São Paulo state

Brazilian journalist Evaldo de Oliveira, 49, was shot while distributing local newspapers on the evening of Sept. 26 in Franco da Rocha, a city in São Paulo state. Read more »


Cuba allows more space for criticism in journalism, but restrictions slow press freedom progress, says CPJ report

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) released a special report surveying the changing media landscape in Cuba and the obstacles still standing in the way of press freedom.

The organization published the report, “Connecting Cuba: More space for criticism but restrictions slow press freedom progress,” in Spanish and English on Sept. 28. Read more »


Ojo Público and RSF join forces to monitor media concentration in Peru

With the goal of producing an investigative report and a public information database, Peruvian investigative journalism site Ojo Público and international organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF for its acronym in French) have launched a project to monitor ownership of the most important media outlets in the Andean country. Read more »


Entrepreneurial journalism: sign up for free online course in Spanish on how to monetize and manage digital media

Faced with the crisis of the traditional newspaper industry and thanks to the opportunities offered by digital technologies, new media outlets proliferate on the internet. However, journalist-entrepreneurs face many challenges in their attempts to achieve financial sustainability with digital native media. Read more »


Digital rights organization wants to map internet censorship affecting Latin American journalists

Researcher Olga Khrustaleva is looking for journalists and activists across Latin America to share their experiences with Internet censorship.

Her goal: to map types of Internet censorship in the region and to find out how journalists and activists are changing their behavior as a result. Read more »


Unprecedented training program from Brazilian newspaper Folha wants to attract retirees and professionals over 40

The goal of Brazilian newspaper Folha de S. Paulo’s new program to train people 40 years of age and older was to attract qualified professionals who were new to the market, either because of the economic crisis or because they were reaching retirement. Read more »


Download special essay on media fragmentation by Brazilian journalist Ricardo Gandour

The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas published a special essay by Brazilian editor Ricardo Gandour that looks at the effects of digital fragmentation on news production and consumption. Read more »


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