JOURNALISM IN THE AMERICAS

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Nearly three months after BP oil began spilling into the Gulf of Mexico, the Coast Guard has instituted new rules hampering journalists' coverage of the disaster. read more »

Vicky Peláez will be placed under house arrest and be forced to wear an electronic monitor, while the other nine suspects arrested for spying for Russia remain in custody, reported Reuters. Bail for the Peruvian journalist was set at $250,000, and she could be released as soon as next week, added El Comercio. read more »

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» Peruvian journalist Vicky Peláez: A Russian spy? (El País)

A new Harvard University study shows that newspapers' definition of "torture" has changed since 2004, leading many bloggers and writers to condemn journalists as complicit in waterboarding. read more »

Three newspapers in the Gannett chain -- the largest newspaper company in the United States -- are experimenting with a new model that charges for access to online articles, according to Poynter Online.

Gannett is charging $9.95 a month for online-only subscriptions at all three newspapers.

"We know this is not the model, this is a small-scale test," Poynter quotes Kate Marymont, vice president of news for Gannett's Community Publishing Division, as saying. read more »

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» Charging for content: Media's two tribes (The Economist)

Thanks to the Internet, it seems almost anyone these days can be a journalist -- hence the term "citizen journalist."

On July 1, video sharing website YouTube is taking citizen journalism to a whole new level, hosting an exclusive, live interview with Bob Dudley, President and CEO of BP’s Gulf Coast Restoration Organisation, 3 News out of New Zealand is reporting. read more »

Renowned Colombian journalist Hollman Morris' U.S. visa application was rejected on June 16, The Progressive is reporting. The story did not say why the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá denied his visa.

However, the Center for International Policy's Colombia Program has published documents revealing "political warfare" -- including surveillance and wiretapping -- targeting Morris and others considered to be opponents of President Álvaro Uribe. read more »

Vicky Peláez, a Peruvian journalist based in New York, is among 10 people the United States has arrested and accused of being secret agents for Russia, reported the Associated Press. read more »

The Rolling Stone article that got General Stanley McChrystal fired continues to make waves in the journalism world.

CNN's former senior Pentagon correspondent Jamie McIntyre spoke with NPR about how beat reporters often choose not to report some things in exchange for continuing to receive access to the newsmakers. read more »

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» Substance of Rolling Stone article lost amid controversy (True/Slant)

World Cup coverage has been marked by discussions about more than just soccer games. In the United States, the extreme right declared war against the tournament, seeing it as a foreign ideology, alien to U.S. culture. In Brazil, the fights between the coach Dunga and journalists from Globo television have generated a wave of Internet campaigns against the station. read more »

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» As the World Cup starts, conservative media declare war on soccer (Media Matters for America)
» Glenn Beck declares the World Cup and President Obama unpopular (The Examiner)
» The ratings prove that Glenn Beck is losing his war on the World Cup (Politicususa)

BP has enlisted in-house public relations writers to cover the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, acting as journalists, according to the Huffington Post. read more »

A controversial article in the new edition of Rolling Stone magazine has journalists, bloggers and public officials thinking about what "on the record" really means, and what it takes for a journalist to get a source to spill all.

In the article, journalist Michael Hastings reports on the critical and insubordinate comments General Stanley McChrystal made about President Obama and others within the White House administration. read more »

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» How volcanoes and booze got the McChrystal story, and how Rolling Stone lost it (Salon)
» Freedom of expression in time of war (Times Union)
» McChrystal and the press's failure (The Atlantic)

The online, non-profit news outlet San Francisco Public Press is going against the grain, moving to start publishing a print edition when so many print media are moving entirely online, according to the San Francisco Chronicle .

The $2, 28-page edition debuts June 22. read more »

In an effort to continue investigative journalism when faced with shrinking budgets and fewer staffers, more and more newspapers and television news stations are collaborating with competing media, and running content created by not-for-profit journalism organizations, according to the Washington Post. read more »

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» What makes a nonprofit news org “legit”? Here’s one six-fold path (Nieman Journalism Lab)

In response to an appeal, the U.S. Defense Department has concluded that it was in the right when it banned three journalists -- two from Canada and one from the United States -- from covering military tribunal proceedings in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, the Miami Herald reports. A fourth reporter, from Canada, has appealed the ban separately. read more »

In an attempt to address ever-decreasing advertising revenues and the challenges presented by the Internet and changing technologies, the New York Times reports that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is looking for ways to "reinvent" journalism. read more »

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill remains the top U.S. news story, but media outlets continue to criticize BP and government officials for limiting their access to the spill, The New York Times reports. read more »

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» The Conversation: Press Hassled on Gulf Coast? (ABC)

Columnist Helen Thomas announced that she is retiring immediately, The Hill, Poynter.org, and other news orgs report. read more »

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» Helen Thomas, a tarnished icon (Washington Post)

Circulation in Brazil is increasing once again after a decline last year during the economic crisis, O Estado de S. Paulo reports. On average, 97 papers reported a 1.5 percent increase in the first quarter of 2010, compared with an 8.6 percent drop in U.S. circulation over the six-month period ending March 31. What accounts for this difference? read more »

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» Arkansas paper demonstratives alternative model for newspaper industry (Portuguese) (Folha de S. Paulo / Plínio Bortolotti)

The “slow-motionoil spill crisis in the Gulf of Mexico continues to be a major story, but journalists are complaining that BP (the oil company leasing the troubled rig and leading cleanup efforts) and government officials are restricting their efforts to cover the crisis. read more »

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» BP, Coast Guard officers block journalists from filming oil-covered beach (The Huffington Post)
» The Daily Glob—Gulf Oil Spill News (Society of Environmental Journalists)
» Stories on cutting through BP's PR spin (PR Watch)

America Online (AOL) started in May of 1985, gained prominence as a top dial-up internet provider in the 1990s, and by 2002 it had 35 million U.S. subscribers. read more »