JOURNALISM IN THE AMERICAS

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Publishers of newspapers in Denver and Dallas may join News Corp.'s Rupert Murdoch in blocking some of their content from Google Inc.'s news site, Bloomberg reports. read more »

The New Ibero-American Journalism Foundation (FNPI) has scheduled a webinar in Spanish called “Eight web tools for practical and passionate journalism”.

The seminar will be led by author and online journalism expert Francis Pisani and will cover new tools for better microblogging, map design, data and source organization, and search engine optimization. read more »

The fall in prices for celebrity photos shows that the paparazzi haven't escaped the economic downturn, Nicole LaPorte writes for The Daily Beast. This is a drastic shift from a year ago, when pictures of a Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s newborn twins sold for $14 million. read more »

U.S. Internet users are less willing than people in many other Western countries to pay for online news, The New York Times reports, citing a new study by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). read more »

A new report by UNESCO and the Center for Studies on Public Security and Citizenship shows that police often face reprisal for independent commentary on blogs, but they believe their voices have helped diversify the discussion on security issues. Previous coverage of law enforcement was dominated by police public relations departments and professional crime reporters, but now police departments are participating in social media, the authors say. read more »

What is "computational journalism?" Researchers at Duke University describe it here as "interactions among journalists, software developers, computer scientists and other scholars." Their use of algorithms, data, and knowledge from social sciences could help preserve the watchdog function of journalism. read more »

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Journalists have until Nov. 20 to apply for the “Investigative journalism in the business world” course organized by the New Ibero-American Journalism Foundation (FNPI) and the Andean Development Corporation (CAF). The training will take place Dec. 14-18 in Panama City, Panama. read more »

Prosecutors allege that former Northwestern University journalism students paid a witness to record a video statement that would help them argue that a man was wrongfully convicted of a 1978 murder, The New York Times reports. The lawyers are demanding access to detailed student records. read more »

Rupert Murdoch, chairman and CEO of News Corp., said he wants to prevent Google’s search and news services from indexing and aggregating his company’s content, BBC reports. In August, he said News Corp. would charge for all online content, which is considered its intellectual property. read more »

The New Ibero-American Journalism Foundation (FNPI) is accepting applications from journalists in Latin America, Spain, and Portugal for the 9th edition of its CEMEX+FNPI Prize. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 28, 2010.

The top photo and text pieces will each receive $25,000, and a $30,000 lifetime achievement award will be given to one journalist with more than 20 years professional experience. read more »

The Associated Press (AP) is extending its AP Mobile service for smartphone users throughout the Americas in two ways, Editor & Publisher (E&P) reports. read more »

The application deadlines for international applicants to the 2010-2011 Nieman Fellowships at Harvard University and the Knight Fellowships at Stanford University are Dec. 15, 2009. (U.S. applicants have later deadlines.) Both programs are open to professional journalists from Latin American and the Caribbean. read more »

The international blogging community Global Voices has launched Threatened Voices, a site that tracks the suppression of online expression. The site centralizes information from a range of free speech advocacy networks with a map and timeline of threats, arrests, and violence due to online speech. read more »

A paper by economists Rafael Di Tella of Harvard and Ignacio Franceschelli of Northwestern shows a strong correlation between government advertising dollars and front-page newspaper coverage of corruption scandals, Joshua Benton reports for the Nieman Journalism Lab. read more »

The magazine publisher Time Inc. is expected to make big staffing cuts next week, as part of a plan to cut $100 million in costs, The New York Times reports. The New York Post says 540 employees will lose their jobs. read more »

Shrinking newsroom budgets have led to less investigative journalism on death penalty cases and fewer available reporters to cover the final moments of the condemned. read more »

President Barrack Obama recently declared declared the H1N1 swine flu a national emergency, and the virus is blamed for more than 3,500 deaths in the Americas. read more »

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Gabriel Insaurralde, a host on radio station LT 14 in Paraná, Entre Rios, was last seen Oct. 18 and was found by police in a well near his house, Clarín reports.

Investigators have not ruled out an accident, suicide, or a crime. Insaurralde’s body showed no obvious signs of violence, La Capital adds.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) learned several practices about covering breaking news after receiving a phone call by a suspected hostage-taker during the 10-hour ordeal, Executive Editor Esther Enkin says. read more »

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The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has released a global online database of journalists who have suffered violent deaths relating to their work since 1992. The database is designed to memorialize those who have died and to call for justice in unsolved cases.

Three Latin American countries, Colombia, Brazil and Mexico, are among the 10 deadliest for journalists, with Colombia in third with 39 cases. read more »