JOURNALISM IN THE AMERICAS

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TOPIC: newspapers


Online social networking use is growing fastest among older adults, according to a new study from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, reported NPR and CNN. read more »

Even as controversy erupted in Venezuela over a ban on the publication of violent photos, in Colombia a senator from the ruling coalition has offered up a bill that would prohibit the publication of "mildly pornographic" or sensational images in print media and websites, reported El Espectador and the news agency Europa Press. read more »

The president of Brazil's National Association of Newspapers (ANJ), Judith Brito, announced that the organization is creating a board for self-regulation, reported iG. The board could begin to function as soon as the end of this year. read more »

Despite the global economic crisis and the migration of readers to the Internet, the circulation of printed newspapers in Latin America is projected to grow during the next five years, particularly in Brazil, Chile and Argentina, according to a Pricewaterhouse Coopers study, reported the newspaper La Nación. read more »

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» Global newspaper circulation relatively stable, new report shows (Knight Center )

One fourth of adults worldwide read a daily newspaper everyday, according to the annual "World Press Trends" report, explained Editor & Publisher.

The report from the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers was generally optimistic, Editor & Publisher said. read more »

The Journalistic Ethics Tribunal of the National Press Association in Bolivia reprimanded the editor of the newspaper La Voz, in Cochabamba, for an article, based on rumors, about the supposed failure of the Banco de Crédito de Bolivia, one of the country's principal banks, reported La Prensa. read more »

Time Magazine is the latest in a series of news publications to remove its free online content and require a paid subscription in order to access stories.

"We’ll adapt and change. We’re in the hunt like everyone else to figure this out,” Time's managing editor Richard Stengel is quoted as saying in The New York Times. read more »

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» The future of online news magazines (Mother Jones)
» Nearly 1 in 4 magazine subscriptions sold online (Folio)

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)

News wire giant the Associated Press has joined a lawsuit seeking to restrict news aggregators that redistribute original material without paying for it, according to Editor & Publisher.

Gannett Co Inc., The New York Times Co., Time Inc., E.W. Scripps Co., and the Newspaper Association of America already are part of the case, which considers the "hot-news" doctrine. read more »

Armed men attacked the newspaper Noticias de El Sol de la Laguna in the city of Torreón in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila on Tuesday, June 22, reports El Nuevo Herald.

The receptionist, a 26-year-old woman, was lightly wounded. read more »

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» Freedom of expression under attack (Vanguardia)

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 »

Mexico’s growing drug violence is a leading topic of news around the world, making headlines this week, for example, not only in English and Spanish, but in Arabic, Japanese, read more »

The debate over criminalization of opinions and information was swept under the rug again in Ecuador. The lawsuit against the opinion editor of El Universo newspaper, Emilio Palacio, ended in surprise after a high government official withdrew the libel charges against him, El Comercio and EFE report. read more »

“What’s going on with these redesigns?” asks Ryan Chittum of Columbia Journalism Review. Several news sites are using more graphics and “jumbo headlines,” and they require readers to scroll down deeper into the page for more news, he laments. Chittum misses getting more news up high, in only a few blinks. Thinking of print newspapers and their placement of news as either above or below the fold of Page 1, he describes a few recent redesigns this way: read more »

After almost 30 hours of negotiations, creditors of the bankrupt owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News beat a group led by billionaire Ronald Perelman to buy the publisher for $139 million, Bloomberg reports. The sale must still be approved by a federal bankruptcy court judge. read more »

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» Who just bought the papers? (Philadelphia Daily News)

After months of fanfare and some flinging of mud, Rupert Murdoch’s The Wall Street Journal launched its Greater New York section, which will compete with The New York Times—an act that's been labelled an old-fashioned “newspaper war” in a city that has hosted more than read more »

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» Media Reporters Announce Assorted 'Winners,' 'Losers' in NYT-WSJ Battle (Media Bistro's Fishbowl NY)
» Wall Street Journal chief gets personal in battle with New York Times (Guardian)
» Why the hell is Rupert Murdoch launching a "Greater New York" section? (Slate)

Internet users have taken for granted that they could post comments without revealing their true identities, but several news organizations are reconsidering their policy of permitting anonymous contributions, The New York Times reports. read more »

Having lost their grip on the information flow to the Internet years ago, newspapers and magazines are doing more to expose readers to the news production process. Some are finding that exchanging ideas with the public while reporting a story may have greater advantages than keeping news secret until it appears in print. read more »

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» Time for a press award for crowdsourced journalism? (The Guardian)

A group of international journalism associations has created the Haiti News Project to help the nation’s print journalists get back on their feet. See this announcement by the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE), one of the members of the group; and this report by the Miami Herald. read more »

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» IAPA special report shows slow recovery of Haiti’s press (Inter American Press Association)